Saturday, October 29, 2005

gotta get back in time

Daylight Saving Time ends tonight. One year at WAVA, Bean Baxter and I put together a one hour show to fill the extra time when 2:00 a.m. becomes 1:00 a.m. again. It was called "The 25th Hour" and featured songs with "time" in the title or lyrics.

Almost every year somebody writes an article about the increase in traffic accidents after the time change. Most of the accidents occur in the Spring when we lose an hour of sleep but apparently there is a slight increase in the Fall too.

One Spring, Bean and I had to take a business trip from Los Angeles to Lake Havasu City on the weekend of the time change. We drove to Arizona on a Friday and set our watches an hour ahead when we crossed from Pacific Time into the Mountain Time Zone. Because Arizona doesn't observe Daylight Saving Time, we didn't have to spring forward on Saturday night. When we drove back to California on Sunday, there was no need to change our watches. Pacific Daylight Time is the same as Mountain Standard Time.

The experience of springing ahead on a Friday was much better. The loss of an hour's sleep was easier to deal with over the two day weekend. Some people believe that Daylight Saving Time should be abolished altogether. I think the government should at least change Daylight Saving Time so that we start and end it on a Friday night / Saturday morning. How do I make this happen?
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Blogger Frank Murphy said...

I had incorrectly used the term "Daylight Savings Time" in this post. I fixed it after hearing from my friend Bean. Click here for the rest of the story.


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