Robbed!!! We’ve Been Robbed!!!

We’ve been robbed!!!  There was no 2:15 a.m. today.  Nor a 2:30 nor a 2:55 a.m.  One minute it was 1:59 a.m., and the next it was 3:00 a.m.!!!  The clock high on the wall in the living room suddenly read the ‘correct’ time for the first time since early November and suddenly it was my bedtime in the blink of an eye … 3:00 a.m.  The clocks in the bathrooms, on the stove and the microwave are now all wrong.  And why???  Who made the decision that we should lose an hour of our lives just so it could stay light until after 9:00 p.m. in mid-summer?  Well, according to

The real reasons for daylight saving are based around energy conservation and a desire to match daylight hours to the times when most people are awake. The idea dates back to 1895, when entomologist George Vernon Hudson unsuccessfully proposed an annual two-hour time shift to the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Ten years later, the British construction magnate William Willett picked up where Hudson left off when he argued that the United Kingdom should adjust their clocks by 80 minutes each spring and fall to give people more time to enjoy daytime recreation. Willett was a tireless advocate of what he called “Summer Time,” but his idea never made it through Parliament.

The first real experiments with daylight saving time began during World War I. On April 30, 1916, Germany and Austria implemented a one-hour clock shift as a way of conserving electricity needed for the war effort. The United Kingdom and several other European nations adopted daylight saving shortly thereafter, and the United States followed suit in 1918. (While Germany and Austria were the first countries to implement daylight savings, the first towns to implement a seasonal time-shift were Port Arthur and Fort William, Canada in 1908.)

Most Americans only saw the time adjustment as a wartime act, and it was later repealed in 1919. Standard time ruled until 1942, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt re-instituted daylight saving during World War II. This time, more states continued using daylight saving after the conflict ended, but for decades there was little consistency with regard to its schedule. Finally, in 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized daylight saving across the country and established its start and end times in April and October (later changed to March and November in 2007).

Today, daylight saving time is used in dozens of countries across the globe, but it remains a controversial practice. Most studies show that its energy savings are only negligible, and some have even found that costs are higher, since people in hot climates are more apt to use air conditioners in the daytime.

Meanwhile, Hawaii and Arizona have opted out of daylight saving altogether and remain on standard time year round. In March 2023, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida reintroduced a bill to make daylight saving time permanent across the country, arguing an end to the “antiquated practice” of changing clocks twice a year.

The original bill, called the Sunshine Protection Act, passed the Senate in 2022, but it stalled in the House and expired at the end of the last 2022 session of Congress.

And now, once again Congress is trying to ensure that we never regain that hour we lost last night, and with the McCarthy House, it’s more likely to happen.  ‘Twould be really nice if they put as much effort into protecting the environment or reducing gun deaths as they do robbing us of an hour or our lives!  I am planning to sue for an hour of my life lost forever … if I can just figure out the monetary value of my life, then divide it into hours … an hour of my life comes to … approximately 38 cents!!!  Now I just need to find a lawyer who will take my case …

More Bits ‘n Pieces on a Sunday Afternoon

Today I am disinclined to delve deeply into the political underworld of the moment, partly because I have a lot to do today that does not involve sitting at the computer for hours on end digging for information … we are sharing dinner tonight with our friends next door, and I already have a roast in the crock pot and will soon need to bake bread, prepare veggies for roasting, and make something for dessert.  But also because I have a few tidbits I wanted to touch on briefly.  So, no new insight and depth from the mind of Filosofa today … just … bits ‘n pieces.

Daylight Savings Time


This morning at 2:00 a.m., many of us set the clocks ahead by one hour, thus giving up an hour of our lives.  Many see it as an hour of lost sleep and will grumble for the next 3-4 weeks that they are still sleep-deprived.  Personally, I see it as an hour of lost productivity time, as lately I find sleep to be far over-rated anyway.  I don’t mind the time change, though admittedly for a week or two I always feel that I am late in doing something or another, but the value of seeing the sun shine later into the evening makes me happy enough to offset any other angst. As for the re-setting of the clocks … well, suffice it to say that the clock in my bathroom is now displaying the correct time for the first time since November!  It is a difficult clock to rehang once the time has been re-set, so this year I just left it alone, and knew to subtract an hour whenever I stepped out of the shower.  There is actually a positive spin to this, as one steps out of the shower, thinks “oh heck, it’s already 11:00”, but then realizes that, in fact, it is only 10:00 and feels as if they are actually ahead of the game.  Whatever the game is.

dst-1So why does daylight savings time exist?  No, not to torment those who like their sleep.  The idea was first advocated seriously by London builder William Willett in the pamphlet, Waste of Daylight (1907), that proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on each of four Sundays in April, and retarding them by the same amount on four Sundays in September. And you thought changing them once was a pain???  Daylight savings time has a long an fascinating history, which is far too much for me to relate, but you can read it here.  Suffice it to say that its usefulness in practical terms came about in the 1970s as a result of the energy crisis. Studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1975 showed that Daylight Saving Time trims the entire country’s electricity usage by a small but significant amount, about one percent each day, because less electricity is used for lighting and appliances.  This may not be the case for those of us who are night owls and tend to work or play well into the next day, but perhaps for the rest of the world.

dst-3Interestingly, until recently only about 16% of counties in Indiana observed daylight savings time.  The reason?  The cows … and chickens.  Indiana is an agricultural state, and the farmers found that if they changed the milking and egg-gathering times by an hour, the cows gave less milk and the chickens produced fewer eggs, so they balked and generally refused to change their clocks twice a year.  To add to the confusion, Hoosiers don’t refer to it as daylight savings time or central standard time, they refer to it as ‘slow time’ and ‘fast time’.  To this day I am not sure which is which!  And, if you are driving through the state, it might be 2:00 where you are now, then a mile down the road it’s 3:00, then a few more miles and it’s back to 2:00.  All very confusing!

Remember, if you will, that time is a man-made contrivance anyway.  Nature and the animal kingdom simply operate on instinct, weather, when the sun comes up, etc., and humans are the ONLY species that cares what the round thingy on the wall says!  Leave it to mankind to take something simple and make it complex.

Filosofa has a new phone!

new-phoneI have been grumbling about needing a new phone for more than a year now, but dreaded actually getting one because of all the hassle involved with getting settings, apps, etc. set up just the way I wanted them.  PLUS … today’s technology confounds my old brain and I have no clue what half the stuff on the new-fangled phones is even supposed to do.  But yesterday I finally bit the bullet and bought a new phone.  I found the key to making the process relatively painless:  tell your grandchild what you want the phone to do, how you want it to do it, then let her pick out just the right phone for you!  Then, when you get home with it, let her set up the apps and adjust the settings!

Thus far, I am quite happy with my new phone … I can actually SEE the words and icons on it, the ringtone is loud enough for me to hear, and it is functioning quite well.  Oh yes, and it also tells me, any time I touch it, the date, time and weather!  When we arrived at the Verizon store, the salesman, who was very helpful, by the way, asked for my old phone, and when I handed it to him, he simply shook his head, rolled his eyes, and asked how long I had had this ‘relic’.  I explained to him that I am a frugal person, I drive cars until they die, I keep electronic devices until they no longer function, and I still have many of the first pots ‘n pans I ever owned.  I am of the old school that believes in keeping things as long as they work.  My one exception to that is laptops, which I do replace fairly often, because the technology changes so fast that older machines become almost dysfunctional within about two years.

At any rate … I am happy with my phone, for the first time in years (I never did quite cozy up to my old LG), and many, many thanks to Miss Natasha for her hours of research and for serving as my translator at the Verizon store yesterday!

Well, I thought there were more bits ‘n pieces floating around in my mind, but I don’t quite remember what they were, and my word count is already over 1,000, so I shall go knead some bread dough, peel some veggies, fold some laundry and leave you with just one final thought:  tomorrow is Monday!