The Weekend Hole – Sat-Sun Nov 5-6: The Fall Back Position

Tonight Daylight Savings Time ends. For now. We move to the Fall Back position. If you live in a part of the United States that, oh, what’s the right word, “celebrates”? “participates”? “recognizes”? maybe it’s “observes”, Daylight Savings Time, you should set your clocks back one hour before going to bed. If you don’t, you may end up attending Sunday Morning Worship Services an hour ahead of everybody you know from your usual service. Who knows? Maybe it’s worth a try. And on the bright side, you’ll be back in time to watch “PoliticsNation” with the Reverend Al Sharpton, who should be good and awake what with having an extra hour to sleep. And if you live in a part of the United States that does not observe DST (as the cool kids call it), life will be unchanged for you. Congratulations, the Chinese envy you.

But why do we do this? What’s the point? Well, the idea was, in not so many words, to save daylight. (You can read about the history of Daylight Savings Time to varying degrees here, here, and here.) It was believed by its proponents in recent years to save about 10,000 barrels of oil per day. The thinking is that as we shift our daily activities by an hour, businesses will use less energy. Not everyone agrees. But we do it, and our reward is to get an extra hour of sleep once a year, in exchange for our sacrifice of one hour’s sleep once a year.

Funny story. When I was in the Air Force in 1987, I was stationed at Ramstein AB, West Germany. In September of that year, I took a month’s leave to attend a friend’s wedding and to see my then-girlfriend, Jane. My leave ended after the first weekend of October, so I was here in the United States when Europe took their Fall Back position. I returned to West Germany afterwards, so I was in Europe when folks in the United States took their Fall Back position on the last weekend in October. So I missed the chance to get my extra hour of sleep that year. And while I understand why, intellectually, it’s wrong, I have always felt that for the last 29 years, the Universe has owed me an extra hour of sleep. 🙂

Okay, I promise. The 30th anniversary of that lost hour will be the last time I tell that story.

Personally, I prefer not to turn the clocks back until I wake up whenever on Sunday morning. I have no place I have to be at any set time, so if I realize it’s still real early I can just go back to bed. A fun thing you can do right before 2 AM ET is to right-click on your computer’s clock to adjust the date and time. You’re not going to adjust the date and time, you just want to see the clock face go from 1:59:59 AM to 1:00:00 AM. After it does just cancel out your “changes.” The real fun is changing the times on the wall clocks, the ovens, the coffee maker, the microwave oven, and the car dashboard. Oh, and getting the cats adjusted to your new schedule. It’s 7:00 AM to you, but it’s now 8:00 AM to them, and they wanted to go out an hour ago. Enjoy!

This is our Weekend Open Thread. Feel free to discuss any topic you wish. Have a great weekend, and enjoy your extra hour of time.

65 thoughts on “The Weekend Hole – Sat-Sun Nov 5-6: The Fall Back Position

  1. I would like to express my joy of circadian interruption with a song called
    “My Pal Foot Foot” by The Shaggs. A song by a band that makes as much sense as moving your clocks forward or backward.

  2. I view the whole topic of DST by imagining a day as if it’s a rope, one that’s 24 ft long. Every year in March we cut a foot of rope off one end and put it on the other end, a tactic which we’re told (by those “know”) does a lot of great things that are so very beneficial to both our country and to the human species as a whole that if we don’t do it the world will end. Then in November we cut that foot off and put it back where it belongs, which must mean that the next the next four months are the opposite of beneficial to both our country and the human species as a whole, and that if we don’t do something soon, the world will end. Then comes March. Whew.

    Also, many people seem to think that when you add a foot to one end of a 24 foot rope that you now have a 25 foot rope which gives everyone an extra hour each day in which to enjoy life and the entire of creation. Both concepts are so freakin’ stupid, however, that I will GUARANTEE the likelihood the whole thing was thought up by a Republican approaches 200 percent, maybe more. Overall, it makes as much sense as Trump’s hairdo. Zip zero, in other words.

      • DST normally adds 1 hour to standard time with the purpose of making better use of daylight and conserving energy. This means that the sunrise and sunset are one hour later, on the clock, than the day before.

        Therein lies the rub. Every place I’ve lived starting in June 1962 (AZ, CO, MO, AZ, and CO) tends to be insufferably hot on summer afternoons and evenings and pleasantly cool in the mornings. Which means that if there’s an extra hour of sun in the evening, the AC is on for at least one more hour per day. In order to save energy, i.o.w., Daylight LOSING time would be a far better option if saving energy is the goal. AZ understood at least part of that and didn’t use DST, because no one but a complete nutcase would want an extra hour of Sonoran Desert sunlight on summer evenings. CO in ’67, MO in ’68-’69, and CO in ’08 – current were (are), sadly, not so enlightened. Ergo electric bills rise accordingly.

  3. More Ugly Americans. Why is it they seem to be so pervasive? Is it because the ARE pervasive?

    Alabama election official: If we let ‘sorry or lazy’ people vote, it cheapens civil rights legacy

    Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has some illuminating ideas about voting—as in, they illuminate what kind of scumbag he is. The man thinks that making it easier to vote would “cheapen” the legacy of civil rights leaders who fought for voting rights:

    “These people fought—some of them were beaten, some of them were killed—because of their desire to ensure that everybody that wanted to had the right to register to vote and participate in the process. I’m not going to cheapen the work that they did. I’m not going to embarrass them by allowing somebody that’s too sorry to get up off of their rear end to go register to vote,” he said.

    Hell, why don’t we just go all the way and make everyone—well, everyone who’s in the tradition of John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks, if you know what I mean—risk being beaten if they want to vote here in 2016?

    That’s one of the most “creative” ways I’ve ever heard any Republican offer as a means to justify their suppression of the black vote.

    • I don’t think it’s an optical illusion.

      There appears to be ice in the bottles, one being shaped like the bottom of the bottle, and the other shaped like the top of the bottle.

      All he has to do is make sure his throw keeps the bottom bottle balanced on the neck, and then hit the right spot on the bottom bottle with the top bottle.

      Find a friend willing to video lots of failed tries, and voila!!!!

  4. So Obama, when confronted by a Trump supporter at a campaign rally, explained to the boo-ers in the Hillary crowd that the Trump supporter had the guaranteed constitutional right to protest. The crowd settled down.

    Enter Trump at his own rallies, proving once again that Ugly is as Ugly does.

    Trump just keeps lying about Obama ‘screaming’ at a protester

    “He was talking to the protester, screaming at him—really screaming at him,” Trump said. “He spent so much time screaming at this protester…If I spoke, the way Obama spoke to that protester, they would say ‘He became unhinged.’ Frankly, it was a disgrace.”

  5. A Profile in Courage Ugly:

    Paul Ryan Overlooks Supporter Shouting For Hillary Clinton’s Assassination

    During a rally today, Paul Ryan was describing a world we don’t live in, where there is “scandal after scandal, leading to investigations” of the Clintons.

    “This is what life under the Clintons looks like,” he shouted.

    As the crowd cheered, a very loud voice from the back shouted back, “Lee Harvey Oswald, where are you when we need you?”

    The crowd cheered. Ryan continued as though nothing had happened.
    [. . .]
    Paul Ryan has no moral courage at all. The only comfort I take from this is that his “rally” was actually quite small

    • The grand and Ugly reality is the contrast in how the Trump rally protester was treated vs. how the Obama for Hillary rally protester — the guy with the Trump sign — was treated by Obama. Obama stopped the crowd from shouting at the guy by explaining how the protester had the constitutional right to do what he was doing and therefore he should be respected. Trump later described what Obama did as “a disgrace” and that he was “screaming at him.” {Trump just keeps lying about Obama ‘screaming’ at a protester}

      To compare those two incidents offers for all to see the most vivid example of the contrast between a tolerant Progressive Liberal point of view and the p.o.v. of a dedicated Fascist movement. Trump said Obama’s reaction was “a disgrace.” I’m sure today we’ll hear of the “heroism” on display for all to see in the Trump rally.conflagration.

      ACHTUNG Amurkkka.

  6. Ugly Ugly Ugly.

    Nevada GOP chair is outraged that ‘certain people’ got to vote

    Michael McDonald, the chair of the Nevada Republican Party, complained at a rally on Saturday that “certain people” had the opportunity to vote. According to CNN, McDonald “was referring to a polling location in Clark County, which is 30% Hispanic and the county in which Las Vegas is located.”

    Disgusting. Republicans. Disgusting.

  7. Well well. Comey just announced that review of emails on Weiners laptop found they were all duplicates. Nothing burger 🍔, nada, zilch, the FBI is done, ironically in more than one way.

    • Can’t wait to hear the Clinton campaign rake Trump over the coals for making a mountain out of nothing! Not ready for the big leagues.

  8. More Ugly. Always more Ugly.

    Trump closes with an anti-Semitic ad—but for the Republican Party, it may be only a beginning

    As [Josh] Marshall puts it: “This is intentional and by design. It is no accident.” It’s also a continuation of a theme trotted out by Trump under the auspices of “alt-right” promoter and now campaign CEO Steve Bannon, the standard paranoid trope of global elites working to undermine our country from within, and lo-and-behold the global elites in question just all happen to be Jewish. This is where some of the paint rubs off the alt-right veneer and we can see the plainer origins of ideology, and it looks identical to past arch-right movements under a host of different other names; a conspiracy against the nation by the enemy within, defined always as the ethnic or religious other, and in this case a straight lift from the anti-Semitic papers of both European fascists and that other America First movement, the one we do not talk about anymore.

    (bold enhance – mine)

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