Fall back…

Daylight Saving: Do you love it or hate it? Either way, I hope you remembered to change your clocks back this morning.

There’s a lot of debate about whether or not Daylight Saving Time is more of a pain than it’s worth. It’s not surprising that most of the complaining is in the spring when we lose an hour, and there is very little in the fall when we get that extra hour at the bar before last call.

If we didn’t use DST, July in Seattle would see sunrise at 4am and sunset at 8. Moving it up an hour is supposed to give us more daylight for our daily activities and commutes, and supposedly saves electricity and gas, though there is evidence for and against that theory.

Things are going to change a little in the future, but not the way some are hoping: Congress has already voted to extend DST. In 2007, it will start on the second Sunday in March and continue until the first Sunday in November – about four extra weeks, giving young trick-or-treaters a little more light with which to collect their sugary booty in more relative safety.

Speaking of safety,- along with the changing of the clocks, we are encouraged to change the batteries in our smoke detectors. ‘Tis the season of dried out evergreen boughs, strings of lights, space heaters and fireplaces. Do yourself a favor and take a couple minutes to ensure your safety.

1 Comment so far

  1. samantha (unregistered) on October 30th, 2005 @ 11:05 am

    I completely forgot! Thanks for the reminder.

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