When I visited Florida (from my native New York City) for the first time in July of 1966, I was amazed to discover that Florida, in the same time zone as my New York City, was an hour behind New York City time.
They were on year round standard time. They didn't jump ahead an hour at the beginning of spring. They had the same time year round. What a concept!
Now, residents of all but a handful of states (Hawaii and Arizona) will find themselves, tomorrow, an hour ahead of themselves, Groggily, they will march into the week ahead bemoaning Daylight time. Why do we need it? Why do we do it?
Spring ahead. Fall back. Which we all do dutifully, if not with grumbling.
After the pain of adjusting, we will forget all about it.
Until the first Sunday in November, when we gain the hour back, and, once again, bemoan the return to standard time.
So what the heck is Standard time? Why is my time zone called Eastern Standard Time during the winter and Eastern Daylight Time during the summer?
On March 19, 1918 (so we are not quite at the 100th birthday of this thing), the United States adopted the Standard Time Act, enacting time zones and daylight time.
In 1919, daylight time was repealed.
But then it returned. Again and again, to the western world. The timeline is fascinating.
Now, Florida, the same state that didn't have daylight time in July of 1966, is wanting to have it year round.
Not so fast, Florida. It seems no state has the authority to authorize year round daylight time.
And since Western Florida is in a different time zone than Eastern Florida, things could get really confusing when Florida interacts with the rest of the eastern United States. (Just ask Indiana, which had a mish-mash of Eastern Daylight, Eastern Standard, Central Daylight and Central Standard times, depending on your county, until 2006. I can tell you from experience it made driving through Indiana during the summer somewhat interesting.)
Last fall, Massachusetts wanted to go on year round daylight time (or even make up their own time zone). That went nowhere, too.
So, for how much longer will we go through this? Maybe until Standard Time celebrates its 200th birthday?
Finally, just to get a laugh we all need, let's watch British comedian and satirist John Oliver's take on the topic.
What do you think of springing ahead/falling back?