|Time Record - Stallion Springs, California|
Finally, eight months after we moved our clocks an hour forward, we can set them back to the correct time. Tonight at 2:00 AM Daylight Savings Time officially ends, and we can stop make-believing that the time is different than it actually is.
Most of your clocks will probably automatically adjust themselves to the correct time, but some won't. There's a good chance that the clock in your camera will have to be manually changed. If you forget to change it now you might not discover the discrepancy for many months, so it's a good idea to check.
Why do we all blindly use a fictional time in the summer? What's the point in setting our clocks to a phony hour?
There are two reasons, and they're both dumb.
First, environmentalists think that we use less electricity in the summer when the time is adjusted. This isn't logical and it isn't reality. You don't actually use less electricity by getting up and going to bed an hour early. Several studies show that Daylight Savings actually increases energy consumption by a tiny amount, which is the opposite of what is supposed to happen.
Second, the travel industry likes Daylight Savings because it gives vacationers an extra hour of daylight in the evenings when these people are out and about. And studies have shown that vacationers will spend more money because of this.
An interesting study out of the University of Alabama shows that heart attacks increase about 10% the two days after we "spring" our clocks forward. Yikes! Another study shows that, due to the interruption in our circadian clock, after the Daylight Savings time changes people are less productive and are more likely to become ill.
Besides that, farmers don't like Daylight Savings. They have to adjust what they do, which causes problems for them. Cows for some reason don't care much for the time changes, and dairy farmers are particularly impacted by this.
In reality, Daylight Savings is a ploy to get us to spend more of our hard-earned money on our summer travels. That's the only so-called benefit. The environmentalists are pretending that less electricity is being used, much like we are pretended in July that it is five o'clock in the afternoon instead of four o'clock. And in return for the great benefit we are having more heart attacks. Great! Spending and dying more--sounds like a winning government policy to me.
Arizona apparently is the only state left in America that hasn't gone insane. They refuse to observe Daylight Savings, and Arizonans will tell you that the rest of the country is crazy for pretending that the time is different than it actually is.
Well, it's all over now. At least for a few months. Then the craziness starts all over again.
Don't forget to change your clocks back one hour tonight to the time that it actually is.