“Hi. I’d like to make a deposit to my Daylight Savings Account. No wait. A withdrawal. No, that can’t be right. Spring ahead, fall… back? Spring forward, fall down… Oh, damn! Can I just please have an hour of what everyone else is having!”
As all of you, who have ever arranged to meet me at a specific time and have watched me rush in apologising, know, time isn’t a real thing to me. Or more specifically, it isn’t linear. And Daylight Savings does not make it easier.
Oh sure, it passes for me just like for everyone else but sometimes it takes hours for the clock to tick away 60 minutes, and other times I look up from work and it’s 3 o’clock already. Oh crap, aren’t I supposed to be somewhere at 3:15? I’m usually an hour early or 15 minutes late for everything.
For me, time is a nebulous thing and “telling time” is an arbitrary labeling system designed to make it possible for us to discuss this nebulous thing and how late I am. It’s useful, but not really intuitive.
Which makes this whole “Spring ahead, fall back” aphorism completely useless to me. When it comes time for Daylight Savings or even daylight losing, I never know which way to adjust the clock.
Here’s how the Daylight Savings Time conversation goes down in my head:
“Spring ahead”, so I’m “ahead of time” which means I’m early. Phew, I’m not late. I have extra time. So that means to “spring ahead” should give me more time, right? And it’s “Daylight Savings”, so I get another hour… oh crap what does “get another hour” mean?
Okay, let’s try again.
“Fall back”. Back is behind. If I’m behind, I’m late. That means the clock lied to me and is reading later than it is, so… “fall back” means set my clock to… oh dear.
Perhaps a different tack.
“Fall back”, so I lose something, sometime like time. So I have less time, so I change the clock to show I have fewer hour left in the day? No?
I give up.
A new approach to Daylight Saving adjustments:
After some consultation with my mom who is a high-school art teacher and therefore used to dealing with confusing, illogical and whack-job concepts like Daylight Saving Time, we have come up with something a little more numerically-based to keep things simple:
Just remember, keep your Ss apart when you are banking with Daylight Saving. Thanks for your business and have a nice, albeit shorter, day.