Published Oct 28, 2014
Time to change our clocks again campers! As of 2 AM on Sunday morning, November 2, 2014, we go off of Daylight Saving Time and return to Standard Time.
This is the weekend we "fall back" and we either lose an hour of sleep or gain an hour of sleep.
If you set your clocks back an hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night, you'll be sure to be on time for church, a hike or Waffle House. If you don't change your clocks, you'll either be an hour late or an hour early. Or, you'll arrive with everyone else who forgot to fall back.
Please Note: Discuss among yourselves whether or not you lose an hour of sleep when the time changes in the fall, and why. Thank you.
According to the Internet -- which cannot lie -- Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a way of making better use of the natural daylight by setting your clock forward one hour during the summer months, and back again in the fall.
Hawaii -- a magnificent state where it is always sunny and, therefore, profoundly stupid to screw up everyone's internal clocks twice a year to pretend that the days are longer and sunnier -- doesn't submit to the semi-annual madness.
Sections of Indiana used to muck things up by not switching back and forth for DST. Now they've either come to their senses or lost whatever sense they once had and they don't do that anymore. You'll have to ask an Indianaian why.
Some cities that border other cities in different time zones aren't in the same time zone as the rest of their states. Oddly, that makes sense to me.
All I know is we're falling back to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday.
Unless you live in Arizona -- another sunny state -- where they don't fiddle with their clocks twice a year. Unless you live in Arizona in the Navajo Nation, which does observe Daylight Saving Time.
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands? Nope. They don't fool around with their clocks either. Yup, sunny there too.
Abraham Lincoln loved this riddle, "If you call a dog's tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?"
Sorry about the title. I couldn't think of any good reasons why DST ends on Sunday. Honest.
Answer to Abe's Riddle: You can call a dog's tail anything you'd like, but a dog only has four legs.
And a day only has 24 hours.
Please ponder this statement until the clocks change again on Sunday, March 8, 2015: Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. In my humble opinion, with Daylight Saving Time it's never right.
Except in Hawaii.
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