With the end of Daylight-Savings Time soon upon us I offer the following brief discourse for those who often may wonder, as do I; “Am I doing this correctly?”
Charles P. Stone, a former New York advertising executive, who passed away in 1993, coined the Daylight-saving time slogan, “Spring Forward, Fall back.”
With all due respect to the late Mr. Stone, I believe there can be some confusion in properly setting one’s time pieces when using this slogan.
One does not always fall back. My personal Polio experience required locked braces for mobility. Therefore, I found that falling forward was as easy as falling backward. But, one thing always remained true; whether forward or back, I always fell down. Gravity continually draws objects in that direction. And in Spring one thinks of spring flowers that spring up. I have never seen a flower spring forward. Also, should a skunk cross your path it wouldn’t be prudent to spring forward. Your first reaction would be to spring back.
One cannot help but see the erroneous nature of the late Mr. Stone’s slogan. So to provide a sure-fire reliable aid to correctly setting clocks for daylight-savings time I offer, in keeping with my case made above, this alternate slogan: “Spring up, Fall down.“ Whatever time of day or night in the spring, set your time-pieces up one hour-up; that, i.e., then being up from 5PM to 6PM. Conversely, in the fall, set your time pieces down one hour-down; that, i.e., then being down from 5PM to 4PM. Angst from uncertainty is then avoided and accuracy is calmly achieved.
This is just one common sense way to remove one concern from the many concerns which burden our country. Now, that having been said, some U.S. states and territories continue not to follow the daylight-savings practice. Those are parts of Arizona, and includes: Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Thereby, confirming that even in time-keeping we as a nation manage to remain divided. Ah, relativism, does truly screw up the works.
Well, I know this topic seems to be of no great consequence, yet it still is important to those of us who see the importance in being on time.
Again, Just a thought: Happy Daylight-savings time!