Sunday, March 11, 2012

Knock knock, change your clock


United States and Canada   Daylight Saving Time 2012 Begins March 11 - set your clock(s) forward one hour at 2:00 AM on the second Sunday in March. It Ends on November 4, and the clocks will need to go back an hour.  [it says]

fall back
spring forward

that hour they gave you last year -
you have to give it back

We normally go to bed around 11:00 p.m.  Last fall, when we turned our clocks back one hour (meaning the old 11:00 o'clock would now  be midnight), we started going to bed an hour earlier because staying up till midnight would throw our internal rhythms off.   Of course the "fall back" part of it meant the old 6:00 a.m.  (the time we normally get up), was now 7:00 a.m. (which seemed kind of late to be still lying in bed).  Plus the fact it started getting dark at 4:00 p.m. meant that extra hour could be spent enjoying light instead of  behind closed eyelids.

So -- Daylight Saving Time rolls around again, and it's spring forward (we lose an hour).  Since we're now going to bed at 10:00 p.m. (which has reverted back to the old 11:00 p.m.), it won't make much difference, internal rhythm wise.  Come summer it'll stay light out all evening, practically.  Never mind you lose an hour--the day will get longer!!

Except the cats are on their own crazy schedule, dictated to by their stomachs. I have to write all this down, make a chart.  It's so confusing.  It's already yesterday in some parts of the world, tomorrow in others, depending on where on the planet you reside.   California's 3 hours ahead of us regardless - when it's 8:00 a.m. here, it's only 5:00 a.m. there.   So if you're being interviewed  "live" in California for a  news program in the East at 7:00 a.m., you'd have to be up, all ready, awake and lively,  at 4:00 a.m. Not something a lot of people can do without effort.

I wonder why the measurement of a "day" is locked in at 24 hours, or a "month" at mostly 31 (give or take).  I wonder who made morning people morning people and night people night people and why they march to such different energies, completely unable to function in in each other's shoes.

fall back
spring forward
gain an hour
lose an hour

It's five o'clock already, but it only feels like four.