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Technology Made Me Miss Mass October 27, 2008

Posted by Retired Geezer in Man Laws, Science.

Ok, it wasn’t ‘Mass’, it was just plain-old non-Lutheran church, but that title doesn’t have quite the alliteration that the present title does.

On to the story.

We have one of those fancy high-tech clock radios that has 2 separate alarms for 2 different radio stations, even weekday and weekend alarms. The best feature is, it automatically changes the time when Daylight Savings Time rolls around so I don’t have to. It used to work just dandy. That is, until the morons in Congress changed the start and end days for DST.

In 2005, Reps. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Fred Upton of Michigan drafted legislation that would extend daylight-saving time nationwide. Congress approved the amendment, which called for clocks to be sprung forward three weeks earlier in the spring and one week later in the fall. The change went into effect in 2007.

Apparently the microchip in my clock hasn’t gotten the memo because it keeps setting the time back, one week early in the fall and 3 weeks later in the spring.

When 2am Sunday morning rolled around, my clock backed up the time to 1am. Later when the alarm went off at 7am, it was really 8am in the Spud State. Fortunately we realized it before we drove 20 miles to church. Since we missed the first service, we casually got ready and went to the later service.

I looked on the Intertube to see if there was a way I could reeducate my clock in the error of its ways. No Joy.

My clock was built before anyone had even thought of changing the duration of DST, therefore, there is no way to reeducate it. I could buy a new clock that’s programmable for that feature but the old one works fine and I don’t want to spend an extra $100 until I see who wins the election. I might need that money for bibles or ammo or something.

Yes, it’s a pain in the patootie to remember to change it 4 times a year… “Four times a year, Geezer?”

  1. Advance it one hour in the fall when it erroneously retards it a week early.
  2. Retard it one hour when it forgets to do it at the proper time.
  3. Advance it one hour in the spring when it fails to advance it on its own.
  4. Retard it one hour when it advances it on the ‘regular’ date.

Oh and by the way, DST doesn’t save any energy, in fact it cost the residents of one state an extra 8.6 million dollars due to such reasons as “heaters being on earlier in the morning and air conditioning units being on longer in the afternoon”.

Here’s an interesting site that has all sorts of anecdotes about Daylight Savings Time:

Did you know that DST confusion caused 3 terrorists to blow themselves up instead of their intended targets, two busloads of people?

Did you know that some guy used DST to get out of the Draft?

Did you know that there are riots at some bars by followers of the AoS ™ Lifestyle, during the DST switch?

Well, that’s all I got.

All together class; Spring Forward – Fall Back!