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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Daylight Saving Time

It was designed to give us more daylight to do more fun things in the warmer months. I'm afraid this mandatory help doesn't help me... well it does sort of but since I get up between 4 and 5 every day, it only makes it darker longer in the mornings. The only thing DST does for me is make me sleepy earlier in the evening when it's still light outside. I guess I'll be going to bed with the chickens.

My granny always said that the cow would dry up and the chickens would stop laying when the time changed. I don't believe that since the sun is still moving through the sky at the same rate ... it's just the clocks that change.

Here are a couple of facts I found about DST

Officials say the extra hour gives people a chance to go out and do something recreational, like walking or taking up a new sport such as golf or tennis. Working out releases serotonin, a chemical in your brain that boosts your energy, which makes you happier and helps you adjust to new schedules. These things will become crucial in the first few weeks of Daylight Savings Time.

Drive carefully: According to health department officials, there also tends to be an increase in vehicle accident the Monday afte Daylight Savings Time begins. Drivers who lose the extra hour of sleep are more prone to accidents, so drivers are urged to drive more cautiously

Do you know when DST first started...

In 1966, the Uniform Time Act outlined that clocks should be set forward on the last Sunday in April and set back the last Sunday in October.

That law was amended in 1986 to start daylight saving time on the first Sunday in April, though the new system wasn't implemented until 1987. The end date was not changed, however, and remained the last Sunday in October until 2006

Today, Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. The time change will precede the first day of spring and the vernal equinox, which is set to take place at 1:14 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 20.

Oh I forgot to tell y'all... went riding Wed and Sandy did great. I came home so chilled and mellowed out. If you ever what something from me... make sure I get a good long trail ride before you ask.

1 comment:

Irene Latham said...

Dear Ms. Poet Who Didn't Know It: You gotta sign up at my blog for the KidLit Progressive poem (April).