Springing Forward But Falling Behind

Springing Forward But Falling Behind

Springing Forward But Falling Behind

"Springing forward" is a crime and the Time bandit needs to be arrested! My beef with Daylight Savings. 

Well, it's that time again: time to loose time. That's right, the annual ritual of willingly handing over an hour of our day in the name of Daylight Savings is here again and I can't say I'm too happy about it. Sure, it means the sweet smell of Spring is right around the corner. Sure, it means our days will begin to feel longer again as the hours of sunlight stretch longer into the evening. And yes, its said that Americans will even reduce our energy consumption by 1% during the of months of DST, which now stretches from March to November. But at what cost?

I'm not a fan of wasting time. I don't seem to ever have enough and the last thing I can stand is spending the time I do have in a non-productive way (no, I don't really do well with "vacations"). That said, the idea of having the Time bandits quietly slip into my bedroom early this morning, during the few hours of sleep I take to recharge my batteries for the next day's activities, and silently steal away an hour of my time is a real bother to me.

Like many of my busy-body American brethren did this morning, I woke up to realize that my agenda for this beautiful Sunday, full of plans and objectives intended to be accomplished, already had an hour tragically slashed away from it.

"What's this?! Why is my ever-looming bedroom wall clock show the expected Sunday wake up time of 7:30am yet my trusty Moto X cell phone, diligently charging on the nightstand next to me is proclaiming it's actually 8:30am?! Wait a second! Is it really 8:30?! Oh no! Did we spring ahead last night?! Did I really sleep until 8:30?! Aaarrrggghh!!!"

After stumbling to me feet, wiping the blear from my eyes and the fog from my mind I realized, yes indeed, DST is in effect again. And now, not only do I have an hour less today to get completed all the things I need to get done, but now I also have to build enough time into my day to update the household clocks not smart enough to do it for themselves. Gimme a break!

It's been shown time and time again that this idea of giving up an hour of day once a year in early March for the benefits provided by Daylight Savings Time is a myth and there are many proponents calling for an end to this Congressional act. Sure it's just an hour we're giving up once every 365 days. And yeah, I guess we'll technically see it again when we "fall back" in November. But I need my time. It's precious to me and I want to have a say in where every second goes. I know how much work is on my plate and I know there's never enough time to get it all done.  

So why are we still willingly handing over our time each year? Why are we still allowing this National theft of time to occur? When is this villainous Time bandit going to get put behind bars? When is this time crime going to stop?!  

It's better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.  

 - Hal Sparks


Chris Metzger