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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Fall back

When I lived in places with actual seasons, I was the rare person who liked "falling back." I love late fall and early winter in the north and midwest, and the extra hour of darkness was part of that. One fall, I actually missed the time change completely--I woke up, went on a long bike ride, then spent the day writing and watching football; it was only when "60 Minutes" did not come on as expected that I happened to glance out my window at a billboard that contained a clock and realized I had been off by an hour the entire day.

Personal stories aside, I did not realize how much controversy in law, policy, health, safety, economics, and life in general is bound up with Daylight Savings and the back-and-forth with Standard Time. Economist Allison Schrager has floated a proposal that is gaining some media attention--eliminate DST and move the continental U.S. to two time zones one hour apart, with the line on Texas's western border and running up through Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on November 3, 2013 at 09:31 AM in Howard Wasserman | Permalink


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