Friday, March 12, 2010

"Here comes the sun, do-do-do-do"

For those who don't recognize your "do-dos," that's the lyrics of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun." The reason I thought of that is because we're about to get an hour more of it -- at least in the evening.

As a public service announcement, spring that clock an hour forward Saturday night before bedtime.

March 14 is one of my favorite days of the year. Last year it was March 8. The year before, it was March 9, and then March 11. You get my drift.

I'm a big fan of Daylight Saving Time (and, yes, there's no 's' in saving). There's fewer things more dreary than it being dark at 6 p.m. But beginning Sunday night, it will be nearly 8 p.m. before the sun goes down. Can I get an amen from the congregation?

It signals spring and warmer weather and sufficient time to do something after work except griping about how dark and cold it is. The later the sun sets, the merrier. All the way to 9:05 p.m. on June 22.

The start of DST has been four weeks earlier since the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. That's supposed to save money on energy costs since the sun is up later. Good enough reason for me. Before that, it was always the first Sunday in April, or has been since Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966. Yeah, a few grumpy states like Arizona and Indiana didn't observe DST, but that's their problem.

Sure, there's a bit of a drawback. We lose that hour of sleep on Sunday, and driving to work with the headlights on and dealing with an 8 a.m. sunrise isn't ideal. But life is a compromise and your body will adjust by Tuesday and the sun will come up earlier in the coming weeks.

Winston Churchill had it right when he said about Daylight Saving Time: "It enlarges the opportunity for the pursuit of health and happiness among millions of people."

1 comment:

Denise said...

I HATE Daylight Saving Time. Every year whether it's "springing forward" or "falling back" I am exhausted for a week. I understand that it was nice when the primary source of income was agricultural, but I really don't see the point now. You are right about one thing the sun will eventually come up earlier and stay up later. Just like it would have if we left the stupid clocks alone!