Thursday, March 10, 2011

A modest proposal regarding daylight savings time

Almost all of us in the United States will switch this weekend to daylight savings time. We will move our clocks forward one hour late Saturday night (Spring forward; Fall back).

There are advantages to daylight savings time, but we lose an hour of our precious weekends each time we make the switch.

The problem has an easy solution: Instead of taking one hour from our sleep on Saturday night, why not take an hour from Friday afternoon instead?

Go home an hour early tomorrow. Set your clocks ahead then.

3:58... 3:59... 5:00.... Happy Hour!

Yes, there will still be some grumbling about how early it all seems on Monday morning. But we won't feel cheated.

Tell your friends. Tell your relations. Tell your neighbors. Tell your neighbors' friends and relations: Let's start this weekend one hour sooner. Move your clocks ahead on Friday afternoon!


AndyK said...

You know, in my younger days when a typical Saturday night might involve a sojourn at a Chicago tavern, I would always have this argument with the bar owner (and I never won).

Daylight savings time ends in the fall on some Saturday night (early Sunday morning) at 2:00 am when the clock turns back to 1:00 am. A typical Chicago bar had a license to stay open until 2:00 am!

So as they were trying to get us to leave after last call, I would protest that it was in fact only 1:00 am and we still have another hour to enjoy their fine hospitality.

They never went for that!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

We switched in Britain weeks ago.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

great idea!

smiles, bee