Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, Life Gets Darker...

I wish we could explain this to cats...

November 1, 2019

After some adorable trick or treating last night, we sat around the table and Daylight Saving Time came up. This weekend, we set our clocks back an hour - fall back - and life gets way more depressing. Starting next week, most people will both drive to work in the dark and drive home in it as well. Lame. 

The people I dined with couldn't wrap their heads around the concept of how "fall back" works. Literally every adult sitting with me couldn't conceptualize it. They're smart people, but I'm guessing word problems in school weren't their thing. All this fall back and spring forward just confuses things. 

Like a running back in football - if they go backward, you subtract yards. When we fall back an hour on Sunday, our clock loses an hour.

Whatever time the sunsets today, just subtract an hour. So 5:50 p.m. today minus 1 hour leaves us ruing the darkness on Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Time change is a big stupid word problem but so simple. Hope this helps! -@heygregr

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Other than you getting an extra hour of sleep, it still super sucks:

  • Your cat doesn't know that we're waiting an extra hour to eat. While your clock may have subtracted an hour and reads 5a, his belly clock says 6a. And your brain says "why would anyone own cats I hate my life right meow."
  • Those kids you take care of, see rules for cat above.
  • Your favorite show is on in an hour, but suddenly you're very sleepy - jk, no one watches live tv anymore :D

Now, wait a second. Didn't we vote to get rid of this insane pre-electricity convention?

Yes. Yes, we did.

The problem: we voted to permanently stay on Daylight Saving Time. "But what about Arizona or that one stupid town in Indiana??" Yeah, they stay on standard time all the time. What we voted to do is adopt full-time DST so we could have those late awesome summer sunsets and not be woken up by 4a sunrises. Unfortunately, the federal government only has legislation allowing for states to stay on Standard Time, not what we voted. In order for the time change to become permanent, our crooked Federal government officials would need some powerful (rich) lobby to get a bill passed through so nevermind.