Fall Back or Return to Central Standard Time is This Weekend
Ben Franklin and I are not early risers. Though I've gone through periods of life when I had to be, by nature I'm not. And neither was America's founding father, inventor and all around science and cool guy Benjamin Franklin.
One morning upon being awakened for meetings of the day, he thought if only he could sleep an hour longer, he'd happily work until later into the day. In Ben's day work was accomplished largely from sunup to sundown. Imagine the Continental Congress being called into session at six or even seven am daily. It's enough to give today's late-sleeping lolly-gagging dine-at-the-public-trough congressmen screaming night terrors.
Ben figured simply moving the clock ahead an hour would accomplish both his desire to sleep later and still conform to the day's societal norm of working from early until late, at least as the clock determined. By moving that one hour to the end of the day, ol' Benjamin Franklin invented the concept of saving an hour of daylight from morning until evening; Daylight Saving Time.
Some hate it, some love it to this day. Personally I'm always a little bit down on the first Sunday when for no particular reason other than moving the clock back again, it's suddenly dark at six pm. But the joy returns annually on that first long spring day when we turn them back up an hour and I can dig in the garden until nearly nine pm.
But it's not just Ben Franklin and I that would like to sleep an hour later on the naturally longer spring and summer days. It seems we're historically and generally a nation of people who'd rather sleep-in than get up early anyway.
Daylight Savings Time became the rule of the land back in the 1970s during the so-called 'Energy Crisis". The entire country save a couple of western states, moved to DST based on a US Department of Transportation study that showed moving ahead one hour trimmed the nations energy usage by one percent daily. Largely because lights and other electricity using appliances got turned on later in the day. And in the 1970s this one percent a day might have meant the difference in life or death since we were assured the world would be out of oil by 1980.
Love it, hate it, indifferent? Don't forget to turn the clock on the stove back one hour this weekend. The stove clock is the only one in my life that literally has to be reset, every other clock in my own life handles this biannual chore itself.
The United States returns to Central Standard Time at exactly 2 am Daylight Savings Time Sunday, November 3rd. Yes, physics dictates that for at least a half millisecond or less, we're in two different time zones simultaneously but don't spend a lot of time thinking about that or the moment will have passed.