Greetings to my surprisingly large number of readers from Europe!
In whatever language you use, you generally refer to the period where the clocks are an hour later as summertime instead of the completely American Daylight Saving Time, which we of course turn into an acronym of DST. (That comes in part because we can never remember if it is saving or savings time.)
I hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep. Sleep is so wonderful, and almost all of us need more of it.
Of course, we also need exercise, and with the sun going down now before we get off work, that gets harder and harder. Also, take care out there... crime goes up when it gets darker earlier.
You may be on this site because you thought that some law was created that would end all of this clock changing madness. There was, kind of. It didn’t really take hold for thoroughly European reasons. (I wrote about that here.)
So, for now, you are kind of stuck with it. Sorry.
We in the U.S. change the clocks next weekend, so for just this one week you are an hour closer to us. I can tell you from experience that will make trans-Atlantic calls both easier and more confusing. But, let’s celebrate the closeness in time while it lasts, and try not to complain about the rest.
I really try not to complain, and just be fascinated by all of this. I was even in Europe during the Spring Forward time change a couple of years ago, and found the perfect place to talk about it:
Europe took a big swing at fixing all this, but missed. (Does that expression work for fans of cricket?)
I applaud Europe for taking that big swing, and I actually thought that was the best solution for the world, and said so for a couple of years. But now that it seems dead, I’m now looking to my home country to lead the way on this.
Will we be able to do it? Stay tuned! Be sure to follow me on Twitter to get the very latest, or sign up for my extremely infrequent newsletter in the box on the right.
And when it is dark and miserable when you are trying to go home from work this week, remember that it does not need to be that way.
But until we fix it, stay strong and be healthy. And keep in touch with each other, and with me.
Your friend in wanting clock sanity,