By rickramsey on Mar 12, 2010
It's that time again when the working and schooling population of the northern half of the planet begins a mass migration toward the rising sun.
The time of year when schoolchildren fall asleep on their marmalade, office workers fall asleep on their desks, and stay at home Moms mutter "make your own damn breakfast" from under the covers.
But it's also the time of year when you still have a personal life after you get home from work. When there's enough daylight and, in some places, heat, to work in the yard or putter in the garage before going inside to answer phone calls from unfriendly people who want to know why you haven't paid them this month.
Spring Forward and Fall Back
It's also the time when about 80% of the American population feels like an idiot.
"Do I get up ealier or later?"
"'Spring forrrrrr....ward.' Right."
"So does that mean I move the clock forward? Or do I move forward against the clock?"
"Does moving the clock forward mean advancing it?"
"But if I advance the clock, doesn't that make me get up later? Shouldn't it be 'Fall Back?'"
"Ahh, 'Fall' refers to, like, October. Leaves turning and all that. Got it."
"Right. November. That's what I meant."
"So what do they do, like, on the other side of the world? You know, like in Peru? Do they, like, 'Fall Forward?'"
"Oh, so it's different because they speak Spanish. Yeah. That makes sense. I guess."
"But I still don't understand how getting up any earlier saves any actual daylight."
Here's how I keep it straight. When Daylight Savings Time begins, I get to leave work an hour earlier. I don't change my watch because it's one of those super complicated electronic ones with an altimeter, barometer, compass, GPS, and calculator. Only my daughter can figure it out.
If that doesn't work for you, try this:
On Sunday morning, when your watch says 8:00 am, change it so it says 9:00 am. Then go back to bed. And stay out of Arizona for the next 8 months.
If you want to find out which countries start DST at which time of year and how that affects your systems and software, get the latest news in our DST hub. I didn't realize Mongolia had any interest in DST. The way I figured it, if you live in Mongolia, you get up with the dawn and go to bed with the moon, and if somebody shoves a watch in your face, you cut them in half. My kinda place.
Bill Petro's blog, always entertaining, provides some background info about DST. And other cultural topics. If you're the curious type, you'll get a kick out of it.