The Joys of Time Travel

Before retiring to bed on Saturday night, nearly everyone in the U.S. adjusted the clocks and watches in their household by one hour ahead marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST). Invented by William Willett— although originally conceived by Benjamin Franklin– DST adds one more hour of daylight into the evening hours by stealing it from the morning. Having an extra hour of daylight was thought to provide many benefits including energy conservation, economic boost (due to increased time for shopping), and fewer traffic accidents. However, DST is assumed to also have negative effects on agriculture, primetime broadcast ratings, and general confusion about the time change.

I, for one, appreciate how DST has allowed us to make time travel a reality twice a year. An hour can make such a big difference depending on the circumstances. If you were anxiously awaiting the arrival of a particular day or moment– whether it be your wedding or an imminent promotion or your bonus check, “Spring Forward” lets you travel one hour closer to that eventuality without much effort. Conversely, if you are dreading the occurrence of something in particular, “Fall Back” delays that eventuality by one more hour. So, those farmers who are crying about how DST is messing with their corn should really begin to approach things with a “cup half full” type of mentality. Leave the pessimism in the barn where it belongs, I say.

Anyway, I totally forgot to change the time on my alarm clock last night– despite changing the time on every other time piece in the house– and I woke up too late to get ready to attend the seven-thirty mass this morning. Alas, time travel does have its drawbacks.


4 Responses to “The Joys of Time Travel”

  1. 1 Tasmaniac March 11, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I love daylight saving, more time outside in summer.

  2. 2 jonsquared March 11, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    @ Tasmaniac – Yeah, I love the long days of summer too. 🙂

  3. 3 Rey March 11, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I see what you mean about those pessimistic farmers, how they should really lighten up. A “crop half full” is always better than a “crop half empty.”

  4. 4 jonsquared March 12, 2008 at 4:28 am

    @ Rey – *snort* “Crop half full.” Brilliant. 🙂

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