The state of Arizona ignores Daylight Saving Time (so does Hawaii and the various U.S. territories). So, with the exception of the Navajo Nation, Arizona stays on standard time year round. We lived in Arizona for about 28 years and really appreciated not having to leap forward and fall back every year. We got really accustomed to going through the day with the sun where it was supposed to be when it was supposed to be there … every day of the year.
One of the hardest adjustments we’ve had to make in moving to Wyoming is that this state observes Daylight Saving Time.
Totally messes me up at both ends of the deal. Takes me weeks to adjust to losing an hour and months to adjust to getting that hour back. And because they have lengthened the duration of Daylight Saving Time over what it was when I was younger, it seems like I just about get adjusted to gaining that hour in November and then it’s time to lose that hour again in March. I hate it.
Permanent Daylight Saving Time is a big debate right now. Congress has tried this in the past. We had the mid-1970s and the energy crunch was really bad, so Government put the country on year round Daylight Saving Time. It was supposed to last for two years. It didn’t make it to one year. The people hated. They hated it then, they’ll hate it now too.
It’s my belief, backed by a number of neuroscientists and actuaries, that changing the clocks is bad for us. I won’t go into the whys here. You can look those up. I’m just convinced we would all be better off staying on Standard Time year round. I know that I would like it much better.
And that’s my thought for the day.