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Daylight Saving Time Starts This Sunday

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It’s my least favorite weekend of the year – the weekend of Daylight Saving Time.

We move the clocks ahead one hour Sunday morning at 2 a.m. and don’t bring ‘em back until the first weekend in November. The slogan “Spring Forward – Fall Back” gives you an idea on how to set the timepieces that don’t automatically change.

You don’t need to bother with your new smartphone, for instance. It knows what to do.

However, even some of those electronic gadgets don’t work, if they were manufactured before 2007. Why? Congress got into the act (literally) that year and lengthened Daylight Saving Time by four weeks. The reason – some fuzzy argument about saving energy. The result – if you change the time this weekend on a 2006 device that was set to automatically skip an hour on the earlier schedule, it’ll skip another hour later this month. Wonderful.

Two states don’t follow the lemmings into the DST zone – Arizona and Hawaii. Of course, that makes it difficult during the year when you’re making a long distance call in the same time zone (such as Montana) to friends or family in Arizona. Are you too early or too late in the day?

As a gentle reminder, KLYQ’s True Oldies Channel is running a whole bunch of “time” songs this weekend, to get into the spirit of Mountain Daylight Time.

Y’know, it seems appropriate that the time change coincides with the anniversary of the first radio broadcast of “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.” In that show, Arthur Dent expressed his confusion in a timely way – “This must be Thursday; I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”

Well, I feel the same way about Daylight Saving Time.

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