Sara's Column: Daylight Saving Time woes

Get ready to spring forward one hour this weekend.
Mar 7, 2014
Sara McManamy-Johnson

Get ready to spring forward one hour this weekend.

I have this whole love/hate thing going on this time of year. I’m more than ready to get a little more daylight each day, so I’ve been happily noting that the minute hand on my watch is getting progressively further around the dial as the sun sets each day.

But I really hate the daylight saving time ritual.

Granted, I removed a lot of the hassle involved when I bought an alarm clock that sets itself automatically by the electrical system. It’s been a couple years since I’ve had to manually reset my alarm clock in the spring and fall.

When I wake up Sunday, the clock fairy will have magically added an hour during the night.

But there’s also remembering to adjust when I go to sleep, and since I never remember if I’m technically losing or gaining an hour of sleep with the change, there’s always that moment of dismay when I automatically think I'm losing an hour.

What can I say? It’s so hit-or-miss as to whether I’ll sleep at night that I tend to guard what sleep I do get like Gollum and the One Ring.

A bill making its way through the state legislature, though, would solve that problem.

Collierville Representative Curry Todd is sponsoring a bill, HB1909, that would discontinue daylight saving time in the state. If passed, the bill would take effect July 1, which would essentially make daylight saving time permanent.

When I first heard about it, my first thought was, “Yay! No more hassle of ‘springing forward’ and ‘falling back’!”

My second thought was, ‘Wait a minute…’”

I have several family members and friends who live in the Eastern time zone, and I have several family members and friends who live in Pacific time zone.

In fact, I think I have more family and friends out-of-state than in-state.

When I started thinking about the logistics of trying to keep track of what time it would be not just in another time zone, but in another time zone and in a state that recognizes daylight saving time, my head hurt just thinking of it.

And I’d wager I’m not the only one.

Now, I realize other states have already dropped daylight saving time: specifically, Hawaii, Arizona and Indiana.

And I say “Kudos” to them. I still don’t think it’s necessarily the best idea.

In this situation, I think it should be as uniform as possible throughout the country simply because of the amount of daily interstate interaction among citizens.

But for now, get ready to spring forward one hour this weekend.

Sara McManamy-Johnson is The Democrat's digital content director. Email her at sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com or follow her on Twitter @wilsoncoreports.

 

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