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Daylight Savings Taking an Extra-Long Time This Year


Sometimes we wake up in the morning and think things. And this is what we’ve been thinking the past month: Why is it so dark? When is that pesky time change, anyways? And: Aghghhhhghhh.

If you, too, feel like it’s taking a really long time for the end of Daylight Savings time to get here this year, you would be correct.

We have almost two more weeks of waking up in the dark to go. Back in the old days, like 2004, we’d “fall back” on the last Sunday in October…but since the Energy Policy Act was passed in 2005, we’re stuck waiting it out til the first Sunday in November. The first Sunday of November this year — a/k/a, November 7 — happens to come 6 full days after the first Sunday of November last year, which was November 1st.

The first Sunday of the month is also the New York City marathon. Let no one say we are stingy with the facts.

At any rate, this extra week gives us more time to get that whole “spring forward, fall back” thing, which never fails to confuse, straight in our head again — for fall, we set the clocks back, and gain an hour, and for spring…well, we’ll deal with that when it finally comes around again in March.

Daylight Savings time, by the way, was supposed to save 10,000 barrels of oil each day by reducing power used during daylight hours. Unfortunately, no one can confirm that that’s true, and “it is possible that little or no energy is saved by Daylight Saving time.”

Particularly if we offset all the time and energy spent in reminding people it’s Daylight Savings time and to set the everloving clocks forward, or back, or whatever. God, we could use an extra hour of sleep right about now.



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