Daylight Saving Time Stops Sunday 11-4-2012

Published Nov 2, 2012

Time once again, fellow citizens, to change our clocks from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time.

That means it's time to wonder why the heck we do this, except to tick off farmers and make kids wait for school buses in the dark. Ahhh, to be a south-bound thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail, oblivious to such trials and tribulations.

As of 2 AM, Sunday, November 4, 2012, Daylight Saving Time ceases. Turn your clocks BACK an hour, which is impossible to do on a digital watch. You can only move them AHEAD by 23 hours ... which changes the date ... and the day of the week. You have two options: ignore the time for a few months or hire a 10-year-old who can adjust your device faster than Star Trek's Data.

If you forget to change your clocks, you'll either be late or early to be where you want to be on Sunday morning. Also, you'll either gain or lose an hour's sleep. (I, personally, have given up trying to figure out this riddle. I stay home until Monday morning and leave for work at the same time as my neighbors.)

We do not believe the rumors that this is a plot perpetrated by battery makers who use the occasion to sell us new batteries every few months. We do, however, believe this is a plot perpetrated by companies that make digital watches, coffee makers, DVD players and other electronics that we would rather replace than spend 385 hours each trying to learn how to 1) change the time or 2) stop the clocks from blinking the incorrect time.

As long as we can be tricked into believing we're getting an extra hour of daylight for the summer, we'll all cheerfully go along with Daylight Saving Time next spring ... when we either "spring back" or "fall forward" as we tumble off ladders reaching for wall clocks that must -- once again -- be adjusted.

Daylight Saving Time is a great idea for a few months a year ... until we think it's a stupid idea to change all our clocks AGAIN for no apparent reason. Should you choose to join the growing rebellion and NOT change your clocks, you'll only have to wait until Sunday, March 10, 2013, before we "Spring Ahead" and change all our clocks forward. Again.

To keep our minds off plotting the demise of the fools who came up with this absurd plan, authorities try to divert our attention to other matters, such as changing the batteries in our fire detectors.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when adjusting the clocks. The CPSC also suggests carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years while smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

According to CPSC Chairman Nancy Nord, "Millions of Americans are without adequate protection from fire and CO because the alarm's battery is dead or the alarm is too old. Alarms don't last forever, and old ones need to be replaced."

Those simple and affordable steps could save a life! Yours, your family's and the lives of those who force us to change our clocks twice a year.

Tags: Appalachian Trail

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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