Friday, March 09, 2007

Spring Forward!?

We had a brief taste of Spring weather, but it's not here just quite yet. The official start day is twelve days away - we're going to Spring our clocks forward this coming Saturday night/Sunday morning. I don't know about you, but this whole thing is a drag. I'm not ready to lose that precious hour of sleep! Also, since Daylight Saving Time (DST) is going to happen earlier than it has in the past, it's bringing some consequences we might not like. Sure, everyone loves to hang outside for that extra hour. You can play tennis, go for a walk, have a barbecue! But come Monday morning, most school kids will be shocked that they'll wait at the bus stop in the dark.

Monday morning, the sunrise won't happen until 7:53 am! It won't really be light outside until a little after 8 am. Remember, this whole thing is supposed to be a savings. However, all those cars will run their lights for the morning commute. And let's not even get started about how fouled up your computer and other fancy electronic toys will get. For years, Microsoft operating systems like XP automatically changed the clock on your computer on the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October. Now, they're offering a special "patch" to correct this for the new dates when DST begins and ends.

I'm sure that on Monday morning, a lot people will arrive at work only to find that either their computers are screwed up or all their appointments are set to the wrong time. This is going to be a lot of fun and a lot of work for the Information Technology departments at most companies. Sure, everyone's been warning you this will happen, but like so much of the e-mail you get, you probably ignored it. Remember, its a savings.

The worst thing is remembering all of the items you have to set. Let's go over a few: your microwave, timers on lights, alarm clocks, clock in your car, microwave, oven, telephone, cell phone, TV remotes. . .I know I'll forget a few.

Think of all the time you'll be saving. Enjoy!

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