Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Time Matters: Springing Forward and Beyond

Actor Harold Lloyd suspended above a Los Angeles street in the
American silent film comedy Safety Last.  Longmans, Green and Co.,
New York.  1928.  Wikipedia.
The beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) every spring (this year at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10th) is about "springing" our clocks forward one hour--and theoretically losing those 60 minutes.  Some of us will feel the loss of an hour of precious sleep, some won't.  But whether you love it, hate it--or are overcome with indifference toward it--DST is almost upon us. 

It's All How You Look At It
Spring Break for TWU students (there are no classes, but the university and the TWU Libraries are open) is from Monday, March 11th thru Friday, March 15th.  Bottom line?  DST means Spring Break will get here an hour earlier than you thought.

Did Someone Say Donuts?

In the U.S., Arizona doesn't observe Daylight Saving Time, but the Navajo Nation (parts of which are in 3 states) does. The Hopi Reservation, however, which is entirely surrounded by the Navajo Nation, doesn’t observe DST. As a result there is a donut-shaped area of Arizona that does observe DST--but the “hole” in the center doesn't.

Whaddya Mean, "Last Call"?

Patrons of bars that stay open past 2:00 a.m. lose one hour of drinking time on the day when Daylight Saving Time springs forward one hour. This has led to annual problems in numerous locations, and sometimes even to riots. For example, at a "time disturbance" in Athens, Ohio (site of Ohio University) over 1,000 students and other late-night partiers chanted "freedom!" as they threw liquor bottles at the police who were attempting to control the riot.

So That's What They Mean by Time Travel
To keep to their published timetables, trains cannot leave a station before the scheduled time. When the clocks fall back one hour in October, all Amtrak trains in the U.S. that are running on time stop at 2:00 a.m. and wait one hour before resuming their routes.  Overnight passengers are often surprised to find their train at a dead stop and their travel time an hour longer than expected. At the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in the spring, trains instantaneously become an hour behind schedule at 2:00 a.m.--but they just keep going and do their best to make up the time.

Time Matters
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at onceAlbert Einstein

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.  . . . have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to becomeSteve Jobs

Time is an illusion.  Lunchtime doubly soDouglas Adams

Note to Self: Remember Where We Put the Time Capsule

On the subject of time, this--for a good time. 

~Sandy Cochran

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