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We are only 1 week into this daylight savings time nonsense & already, I don’t like it. The modern idea of daylight savings time, or DST as they call it in the jewelry/watch business, was 1st proposed back in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, or ol’ GV as his buddies called him. I’ve even gone as far as to post this clown’s picture here on my Puffman Blog! The practice of daylight savings time has been both advocated & criticized. Adding daylight to evenings benefits retailing, sports, & other activities that exploit sunlight after work hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment & other activities tied to the sun such as farming or to darkness such as firework shows. I’m flat out against it & refuse to set my watch or clocks an hour earlier, because in my mind, I know that moving up the clock one hour doesn’t really make it that time anymore than adding 20 degrees plus or minus to the current temperature at any given time of the day or night would actually “make it” “THAT temperature.” You think that MY jaws are tight…just ask any of the former drive in movie theater owners/managers what they think…IF they are still around. It KILLED them. Other problems caused by DST clock shifts are: They complicate timekeeping & can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, record keeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, &, in my opinion, MOST IMPORTANT…sleep patterns. Clock shifts have been found to increase the risk of heart attack by 10%. Apparently the folks over in Kazakhstan apparently have the right idea…the government of Kazakhstan cited health complications due to clock shifts as a reason for abolishing DST back in 2005. In March of 2011, Dmitri Medvedev, president of Russia, claimed that “stress of changing clocks” was the motivation for Russia to stay in DST all year long. Officials at the time talked about an annual increase in suicides. I’ve also found that when trying to read my sundial, I have to compensate for DST along with time zone & natural discrepancies. Hopefully when our government gets global warming, world peace, & Obama Care straightened out, they can pass legislation to END daylight savings time once & for all!

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