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Brock: Not a fan of daylight savings time

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opinion Dickinson, 58602
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

Last night before falling to sleep, my wife would have moved the clocks in our house one hour forward — one of her many assigned duties — for daylight savings time.

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The only clock she can’t change is the one in my head that takes about a week or two more to adapt. I wake up early every morning, no matter what time — not to mention a couple times in the middle of the night — I go to sleep.

So the first week after the switch in the spring and fall, I keep asking myself what time was this time yesterday. I compare clocks to make sure if it really is this time today, and if you think I’m repeating myself, such is my life when they mess with clocks.

Then it takes another week or three for me to get the book out of the glove compartment that shows me how to change the time on the dashboard in my old truck. I don’t even want to explain the struggles I have when I go to Bismarck or someplace on Central time

My internal clock could care less about daylight savings time and I always wondered who the genius was that came up with this plan.

A quick Google search this year said many attributed (blame) the idea to our own Benjamin Franklin. Ben thought it would be a great system to save on candles. Many others have tweaked the basic idea and it was first implemented during the First World War to save energy.

I guess the thought was if one day each fall it suddenly got dark an hour earlier during winter, folks would just go to bed sooner and, low and behold, it would be light when they woke up the next day and they wouldn’t have to burn a candle while shoveling in their oatmeal.

I’v heard the rationale that kids don’t have to walk to school in the dark and while that may be true in Arizona — which by the way doesn’t use daylight savings time — it doesn’t work in the North.

The only benefit I can see to springing forward is it allows for an extra hour of deck time in the summer and the value of that can’t be discounted. But as long as we stay in spring mode, that hour won’t be compromised.

Hardly anyone burns candles for lights anymore. Most of the houses I see after sunset are lit up by television sets. I always thought Ben Franklin was a pretty smart guy, other than flying that kite in a lightning storm.

I’m sure if he was alive today, like me, he would have rather slept an extra hour today.

Brock is the publisher of The Dickinson Press. Email him at hbrock@thedickinsonpress.com.

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