I am exhausted today, and probably will be for the next week. And it’s just an hour right? It shouldn’t be such a big deal to move the clock up, or back an hour, but is there really a problem with daylight?
In 1895 a man named George Hudson, for very selfish reasons, started this whole thing because he didn’t like darkness after work – it limited his bug collecting time. His job as a postal worker in New Zealand ended in the evening and as we all know, winter daylight is shorter. There was less time for George to walk around after work with a net and catch bugs. Now to be fair he was a big deal bug collector, but come on! He requested a change in the time of day by submitting a written request to the guy in charge of New Zealand and voila! That was the first country to have Daylight Savings Time (DST). Our buddy George was given an award in 1927 by which time the earth was rife with time changes.
In the United States, during and after WWI and WWII, there were some acceptable uses for Daylight Savings Time. But, after WWII the regulation and practicality flipped quite a bit across the country. In the 1960’s, our transportation industry was a mess because the entire country wasn’t using the same time within the time zones, making schedule keeping a nightmare so federal regulation was again put in place. And then in the 1970’s, the US energy crisis also required DST tweaking in order reduce the need for electricity by providing more daylight evening hours.
Sine then, Scientists, Universities, and Government Agencies have spent hundreds of millions of our dollars in research to determine whether or not DST is something we non bug collectors still need. The results are unanimous
Welcome to the USA.
So let’s go back for a minute to George Hudson, one man who liked bugs and who wrote to the guy in charge. George changed the way the planet keeps time. I bet I’m not the first, or only person to think it’s time for another change. Instead of back and forth with one hour year after year can’t we just make one permanent 30 minute adjustment across the planet and put the whole business to rest? I guess we need a man like George Hudson again.
And I need a nap.