Members Living in the USA...Did You Remember???

@LadyMarissa (12160)
United States
November 1, 2009 7:08am CST
Daylight Savings Time ended at 2:00 am this morning in the US. I'm usually cranky for the first several days after the change. Personally, I wish they would change it & leave it alone!!! Just about the time my internal clock really gets straightened out, it's time to change the clocks again. I usually wait to change my clocks on the morning after the change. For the members in the USA, did you remember to set your clocks back??? When do you set your clocks??? For any other members whose country does the DST change at a different time than the US, does it affect your internal clock like it does mine??? Oh yes, have you changed the battery in your smoke detectors??? Do you have any thoughts I forgot to mention???
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@carolbee (16233)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I sure wish we left our clocks alone like Arizona and Hawaii. It's so dark by 5pm and I am not a fan of driving in the dark especially when it's raining. The hardest clock to change is in my car. Took me about a half hour tonight to get it changed. My system does have a little bit of trouble adjusting but not enough to ruin my day. We do need to check our smoke detectors although we have a system that is directly called into the fire department if we have a fire. I'd rather have a warning prior to any fire in the house and really don't know if the system will pick up smoke. I do agree that we should have a standard time and just leave things alone.
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
2 Nov 09
If your fire department is as slow as mine, you'll need that extra 30 seconds to get out of the house. Finding out that the smoke detector doesn't work in the middle of the night sux!!!The darkness factor bugs me too. People drive like idiots for the first week or two!!!
@carolbee (16233)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Thanks for giving me the best response.
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
2 Nov 09
The only good thing about the time change is that children aren't waiting for the bus in the dark.. Otherwise, it's a stupid thing to do! It was originally for farmers, I think, but they no longer need it anymore. I sure don't need it either!
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
2 Nov 09
Why can't they let the kids meet the bus a little later??? Yes, it was originally for farmers, but NO longer. I can find NO purpose for it except maybe golfers get to play a little longer!!!
@gmatthews (155)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I usually change mine the next day. I agree with you. I wish they would just leave it alone. It makes no sense to me to take an hour way just so they can give it back a couple months later. It messes me all up too. I really just don;t understand why we do it? What purpose does it serve?
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
2 Nov 09
As far as I can tell, i doesn't serve a purpose!!!
@lindiebiz (1013)
• Canada
2 Nov 09
Here in Canada, the same thing applies and i changed my clocks in the this afternoon but i dont really understand all about this daylight savings time thing. Why reset the clock.
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I think when they originally started DST, it was to help the farmers have longer days. The farmer got up around 5:00 am & worked until dark. The farmers did have more hours of daylight in which to get their work done. That made sense. When they went back to it, they said it would save electricity as we wouldn't need to use lights until later in the day. Personally, I think some golfer in a top position of the government figured out how to get just a little more golf in his day!!! The using less electricity excuse has been proven to be crap. It costs MORE during DST. Once they figured that out, the story changed again to it was safer for the children to not have to be out in the dark. That one sounds good, but it is also crap!!! I wish they would just choose one & leave it that way 365 days a year!!!
@happy6162 (3009)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I change my clocks back either at 10:00pm or 11:00pm on Saturday just before I go to bed. It do not bother me at all I just change the time and then go on with the next day. At least it is done on the weekend so you can get either 1 hour more sleep in the fall or 1 hour less sleep in the spring. Of course if you work on the weekend then it may make a different to you.
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I wait & set my clocks on Sunday morning. Why you might ask??? 4 out of 6 clocks automatically set themselves for DST & it leaves only two clock for me to set. Plus, when I get up the clocks I'm looking at are correct. I do my best to go to bed 8 hours before I want to get up. I seldom if ever sleep more than 8 hours. I work from home & stopped setting alarms nearly 2 years ago. When you're your own boss & live alone, NOBODY is going to yell at you for oversleeping!!! I don't know what it is with my internal clock, but it stopped liking DST somewhere around 50. Before that...NO problem. Since then...BIG problem!!!
@solared (1210)
• United States
1 Nov 09
All my clocks are digital so no worries, only one I need to change is the one in my car... It dosen't affect me at all because my sleeping pattern is abnormal anyways. Why would you change the battery in your smoke detectors for daylight savings?
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I live in northern Georgia & watch a South Carolina station a lot. Apparently they have a rule of thumb that makes sense to me. To make sure your smoke detector will work when needed, change the battery when you change your clocks to make sure you have fresh batteries in them. Very efficient way to remember to remember when you put the last battery in!!!
@rodsdman (145)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I thought about it last night, but it slipped my mind by the time I went to bed. Normally I change the clocks before I go to bed. I got up at the usual time, did my usual morning things and sat down at the computer. As I glanced at the time it came back to me. Oh well, instead of an extra hour of sleep I get an extra hour to get things done this morning. I dont find that it effects my internal clock, its just a bummer that it gets dark earlier.
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I didn't get into whining about the dark. That part is a bummer too!!! My internal clock didn't have problems until I turned 50 & suddenly it became a major obstacle!!! I used to be able to sleep 10-12 hours a day with NO problem. If the last 2 years, I never sleep more than 8 hours. Occasionally less though. So I always time my bedtime 8 hours before I want to get up so I'm not late for anything!!! The worst that will happen is I'll wake up 2 hours before I want to
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I really hate that they changed when we do it. I was so use to it being a week ago and now it's a week later and it makes me crazy. I wish that they didn't do that part of it, and I haven't seen any energy savings
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
It's been proven that IT DOES NOT SAVE ENERGY NOR MONEY....As a matter of fact it COSTS MORE to do it!!! So, I don't understand why they are so stubborn!!!
1 Nov 09
Normally it doesn't affect me, but last year I forgot to change the clocks and I was late for work lol Luckily they found it funny so I didn't get in trouble. But we change our clocks a week earlier than you do. I didn't realise America changed their clocks I have just learnt something new
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Umhmmmm, we used to be on the same schedule. In 2007 we changed to 1 week earlier & 1 week later...I think.
• United States
1 Nov 09
I cant stand this time change thing I personally wish they would leave it alone as well I dont like when it gets dark at 5pm Do you thimk we are losing or gaining an extra hour of sleep?
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
It seems people drive crazy for the first couple of weeks after it starts getting dark by 5:00. Then the gaining or losing time, I try & judge when to go to bed so I don't lose any sleep. I only sleep for so many hours & then I just wake up so I never gain any extra sleep. I don't understand why the time change bothers my system so much...but it does!!!
@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
1 Nov 09
I'm like Alice too; I just went through it, until someone mentioned this to me too. And now I saw your discussion here. I suppose if no one told me, I'd just sleep on it.. But I think it could be a bit of an inconvenience in your time there since it ended around 2 AM..
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Oh, Honey, I just ignore the 2:00 am thingy. If I have some place to be early, I change them before going to bed. If I have no place to be, I wait until I get up & change them then. I don't worry at 2:00 am what time it is as I'M SLEEPING!!!!
• United States
1 Nov 09
Normally I do mine at night time and I forgot to do it last night. Instead I found out this morning when I turned the computer on that it was 5:30 am instead of 6:30 am. My cat woke me up way to dang early this morning. Then about 20 minutes after I got up the kids woke up. That ruined the whole day. Originally the DST was for war time. Since we are not in war time I think they need to leave it alone and quit playing with it.
1 Nov 09
Just wondering to you change your clocks forward again in the spring?
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Yes, it started during WWII. I could understand it when we had a lot of farmers. Strange thing is we don't get anymore daylight....we only get it during different parts of the day. They claimed we would save on electricity, but that's been proven to be BS, so I don't understand why we do it. When they added a week to the end they said it was to protect the trick or treaters. They would have more daylight. Well, the kids waited to dark to come out anyway. They only went to bed later!!! Who wants to trick or treat in the daylight???
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Yes, sky, we will spring forward next year. I think we do it 1 week before you do.
• Italy
1 Nov 09
Lol, I remembered! Not my boss though...he was meant to get on a plane in the morning and he overslept it!! Mmmmm....I'm still laughing!
@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
Better your boss than you!!!