Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Daylight Savings Time is here.  It seems like it occurs sooner and sooner each year.  It is suppose to reduce energy use (the reason given by Congress for increasing the time it is used) and add time for various activities.

I do not like DST.  We like to bicycle places and we go to the YMCA early in the morning since we have other things to do later (there is a Bible Study on Mondays and things that occur on Wednesday and later in the year in summer activities on Friday).  It is convenient to go early and get the workout and shower out of the way early; but just as it is getting light enough to bike to the Y the clocks spring forward.  Some research has shown that more gas is used due to the increase in later daylight.

During his time as an American envoy to France, Benjamin Franklin, author of the proverb, "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise", anonymously published a letter suggesting that Parisians economize on candles by rising earlier to use morning sunlight. This 1784 satire proposed taxing shutters, rationing candles, and waking the public by ringing church bells and firing cannons at sunrise. Franklin did not propose DST.  Modern DST was first proposed by the New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson, whose shift-work job gave him leisure time to collect insects, and made him aware of the value of after-hours daylight

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.  John Archibald Wheeler

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.  Hector Berlioz

A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.  Segal's Law

When I give a lecture, I accept that people look at their watches, but what I do not tolerate is when they look at it and raise it to their ear to find out if it stopped.  Marcel Achard

Yes, time flies. And where did it leave you? Old too soon...smart too late. Mike Tyson

You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing. George McGovern

Time and Tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty. Robert Frost

daylight saving time (also daylight savings time)  (n)  time as adjusted to achieve longer evening daylight, esp. in summer, by setting the clocks an hour ahead of the standard time.

1 comment:

  1. Your Grandson (the second oldest one) refuses to acknowledge DST. He has been reading about Ben Franklin for a school project ... maybe the two things are related.