Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time to Change

It's that time of the year to change our watches, clocks and other timepieces as we spring forward to daylight savings time.

I suppose it helps lessen energy consumption to a degree (one degree in one study), but I guess every degree counts in this day and age. 

I kinda like having more sunlight during the evenings, especially when I have chores to attend to after getting home from work. 

If I have a complaint, it's having to go all over the house and change the time on all the clocks -- alarm clocks in bedroom and guestroom, grandfather clock in den, clock on oven and microwave, wall clocks in living room, study and library, and the anniversary clock on the fireplace mantel. 

And there are also the clocks in the two vehicles, my wristwatch, and a couple of novelty clocks on my book shelves.

It's a wonder I have the time to change the time.

But I do look at the time change as rather symbolic as we move forward from winter to spring. It's a time of renewal in nature as well as in personal goals. 

Until the next time...


  1. My studies show that the only reason we do this was because the Scottish farmers were complaining about fewer hours of daylight during World War One.Might it be time for us to integrate with European time?

  2. I've heard that it was as an energy-saving measure during WWII.

  3. I am not sure about how this begin but i only remember that few years back in Pakistan too it was started. Believe me ...It was such a joke here and made much confusion among people. Every body used to ask each other "do u have old time or new time"? Lols!

    It might be successfully followed in US and Europe but in Pakistan like country it was a total waste :)

  4. That is surprising, Kiran, because Pakistan is much smaller. Have they considered going back to the previous system?

  5. Now we have same clock timings around the year and no change to time :)

  6. Thanks for the update, Kiran. That makes sense for Pakistan. There have been folks in the U.S. who have proposed no change in time and only two time zones, with the Mississippi River being the dividing line. I doubt if anything will come of it.