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The second time around

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Robin Scott

    Once each year an opportunity arises to recapture an hour; go back in time, and relive a sole hour all over again.  This year’s annual time change occurs on Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 a.m., when 2:00 a.m. becomes 1:00 a.m. again.

    More accurately, rewinding the hour hand on clocks in fall, and spinning them forward one hour in spring is due to Daylight Saving Time (DST), which is extends daylight hours as warmer weather approaches.  The change provides one more hour of daylight in the evening during the warmer season of the year.

    Most people recall that DST occurred later in spring and earlier in fall, but the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed the dates for manipulating time.  Beginning in March 2007 clocks sprang ahead on the second Sunday in March and fell back on the first Sunday in November. The new mandate assumed that the change would decrease the need for artificial light sources and thus save energy.

    It’s not uncommon for people to discover that the time change has occurred after showing up for church an hour early, or to a store only to find the front door still locked, or when their favorite Sunday morning television show doesn’t appear on the TV guide.  But for others, planning ahead to take advantage of the rewind is an exciting proposition.

    Aside from reasons why DST is observed in many countries of the world, a question comes to mind, “What will I do with that additional hour?”  In spring, when an hour is lost, people tend to drag around for weeks as though jet lag from a cross-Atlantic flight has taken over, but that’s not so in the fall.  

    Taking advantage of an extra hour doesn’t seem to have great value when it occurs in the middle of the night, but what if it occurred at noon, or 3:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.?  Here’s what some of the Dalhart Texan Facebook page fans envision they would do with the manufactured time travel one hour into the past.

    Katrina Clark Salas stated, “I’m glad the time changes at night. The only thing I want to do with an extra hour is sleep.  I think I’m still missing an hour from last spring.”    Jennifer Lacy noted, “If it happened at noon, I would definantly take an extra hour for lunch and maybe spend that time reading in peace and quiet!!”  Adam Ballew had a different take, stating, “I’m glad it’s at night.  If it happened during the day I’d end up working an extra hour that day, and who wants to do that?”  Joseph JoeBob Bennett’s thoughts on working another hour was quite different, commenting, “Extra hour of work, woohoo. One hour overtime.”

    Donna Milton Murry stated, “At night I can hardly wait for that extra hour of sleep, but if it was at noon that would be an extra hour of my favortie sports on TV, football, baseball or NASCAR.  I do enjoy sports.”  Miranda Hormel Moyes will truly get good use out of the time change, noting, “I will be at a Halloween party during that extra hour.  The gift of time will be well used: laughing, talking, playing games, reconnecting with old friends, and getting to know some new ones.”

    The best use of time, whether an hour, a day or a lifetime, is doing something enjoyable.  To some, sleep is the best gift, and to others it’s fun and time spent with family and friends.  With less than 48 hours until clocks get set back, take time to ponder what may be accomplished when that hour rolls around for the second time.

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