Daylight savings time is this weekend and this year I am going to join the club of people wondering why we even bother with it anymore. I don't think it really makes a difference to us all that much in terms of the amount of natural light. I'm sure there's a laundry list of supposed reasons for it, but I can only think of two things that benefit from it: Coffee and Beer.
Coffee is the Spring holiday. I don't know anyone that goes to bed an hour earlier the night they are forced to turn their clocks forward. I do know that millions of people take up drinking a lot more coffee for a week or two afterwards though. It may be a short lived boost to coffee sales, but it is at least a (small) benefit to someone because of the time change.
Because I know that coffee and beer are often used by my readers to make it through my blog posts (either to kill the pain of reading them or to stay awake while reading them), I feel I should at least leave you with a little story about the day I learned how to remember which way to turn the clock:Many years ago, I was standing in the kitchen at my buddy's house when I made the comment that I could never remember which way I was supposed to turn the clocks for daylight savings. As luck (or lack thereof, depending on how you take it) would have it, my friend's dad, Duane, happened to be walking through the kitchen at that very moment. Well, Duane can be quite the joker and I hesitated slightly before saying "yes" when he asked me if I wanted to learn a trick to help me remember. I got a little nervous when he then asked me if I was SURE I wanted to know. I figured why not?? Afterall he did "reassure" me and say that I would never forget again. (For the record, I haven't.)