Monday, April 04, 2005

My Dog has adjusted to DST

Daylight Saving Time is messing with me..


In Malaysia, because day and night hours are nearly the same length all year round,there is no need to adjust clocks. The only time I remember the adjusting of clocks was when East Malaysia and West Malaysia synchronized their clocks and that was only 1 or half hour difference ( I forget now), all the way back in 1982.

Some other places on Earth, however, have more daylight in the Summer than in Winter.

Last Sunday, we had to "spring forward" on hour for the spring/summer time and it seems like Henry adapted from Day One. I didn't reset the clocks before we went to bed and so when Henry started making "I need to go out" noises on Monday morning, I got out of bed and looked at the clock - it said 6:45 a.m.

Now, Henry is a creature of habit and schedules and usually starts getting some "urges" at about 7:45 or 8:00 a.m. so i was kind of irritated that he had woken me up an hour earlier.

Little did i know he was just more efficient at Daylight Saving Time than I was, and with DST, it already WAS 7:45a.m.

* Daylight Saving Time saves energy. Based on consumption figures for 1974 and 1975, The Department of Transportation says observing Daylight Saving Time in March and April saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day -- a total of 600,000 barrels in each of those two years. California Energy Commission studies confirm a saving of about one percent per day.

* Daylight Saving Time saves lives and prevents traffic injuries. The earlier Daylight Saving Time allowed more people to travel home from work and school in daylight, which is much safer than darkness. And except for the months of November through February, Daylight Saving Time does not increase the morning hazard for those going to school and work.

* Daylight Saving Time prevents crime. Because people get home from work and school and complete more errands and chores in daylight, Daylight Saving Time also seems to reduce people's exposure to various crimes, which are more common in darkness than in light.

I'm going to have to readjust to sunset at 9.00pm again soon.

18 comments:

Deepu George V said...

Very interesting to read your blog. A mixture of everythings and nice descriptions. Those photos of your little dog is so cute. I came across your blog throuh the comments you put on my blog. (http://www.deepugeorge.blogspot.com)

SooHK said...

Umm, my radio also has a DST....not sure if its stands for the same time..

makuahine said...

Ah, yes, DST... I'm still stuck on winter time... BLAH!! That's why I am sitting here at 12:12am I guess, I still think it's only 11:12am.

You probably already know this, but some states in the US as well as some counties out of states do not do the DST...
In 2003, I went to Indiana, which does not do DST. It was very strange, me and the girls left from MO on Friday morning and gained an hour going out there. We came back on Daylight Savings Day, Sunday, and stayed the same. It was weird. lol

doug said...

hope u can add me in your blogger list as well.. thanks..from attention seeker here..haha

Clint said...

No daylight saving time here. One more reason to love Hawaii!

Maureen said...

We've been on daylight savings time (called British summer time) for a week already because the UK changed their clocks on Easter weekend! What I find odd here (from an American point of view) is that there's only one time zone. It makes life easier though.

<"3 )~ said...

I *LOVE* daylight savings!! I leave my office and its still sunny! I get to preschool and the sun is already up! And the warmer weather coming around is nice too!

<"3 )~ taranicole

http://www.techtrend.com/blog/taranicole

biggaysam said...

Daylight Savings is of the devil and must be burned at the stake.

nuff said.

:op

Jin said...

I'm still waiting for my daughter to adjust to DST. Sigh.

Gene Lim said...

Tell me about it! Ryan still couldn't adjust to it. It seems he sleep longer now. Coz he will wake up when he sees sun light. sighhhh...
and as for Kit..pitty him..an hour less to sleep. :(

doug said...

thanks for yr link....at least i can see my own picture there...

*~*HollyMarie*~* said...

I hate changing the times. My whole system gets all screwed up. I had to deal with losing an hour AND go back to school from Spring Break. I'm still trying to catch up on sleep.

At least the dogs can handle the changes! lol

*~*GB*~*

Monica said...

I wish they would just keep it like this!!! why? we dont need to change it anymore, it silly!!!!!

Plus Im tired!!!!!

SiaoChaBoa said...

Hey..letti,
It messes mine too.. but interestingly.. i think i might have gotten canadianised on this too.. :)

Calulu said...

Interestingly enough my parrot was also very thrown off by DST. She usually arises from sleep at the same time my children and I do, 6:30 am. But that Monday morning she started making her little complaining noises when we got up and tramped through the room her cage is in at the new time of 6:30 am and she stayed in her nest box until the proper time, 7:30 am.

lynnee said...

australia practises daylight savings too. i once forgot all about it & ended up being an hour late for all my appointments just becos i didn't minus one hour from my clock like the rest of the population did.

willowtree said...

I have a HARD time with daylight savings time too uggggh. Your wedding day is coming up fast. You must be so excited!

letti said...

My Adventures in the US of A

what's up with these people making up their own time and stuff?
dreaming-neko | Homepage | 04.05.05 - 12:45 am | #

Gravatar I always have trouble commenting on the other one. Maybe because I'm in Germany? I know my dog dosen'tknow about how we change the the clock. Altough after about 2 weeks she's into the new time. It must be the internal clock thing, because in the first few days my body feels it too. I know it's wierd, but you do get used to it.
Raven | Homepage | 04.05.05 - 1:49 am | #

Gravatar I'll try again - my comment didn't appear on blogger.

We've been on daylight savings time (British summer time, it's called here) for a week already as the UK changed over on Easter weekend.

What I find odd here (from an American point of view) is that the UK has only one time zone. It makes life easier though.
Maureen | Homepage | 04.05.05 - 12:38 pm | #

Gravatar Timmy the Dog does that all the time... except he usually wakes me up at 1.30 am so that I can play with him and his toys... pwaaa.
kay | Homepage | 04.06.05 - 3:51 am | #

Gravatar Oh poor you Letti
I hate daylight savings i think its stupid, im glad it finished here the other week.It's not good for the health hehe, have a nice wkend girl tcz
sweetspirit | Homepage | 04.09.05 - 1:22 am | #

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