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PoliteBoy
12-10-2017, 10:21 AM
When you live so close to the border of your state and work in the other, things get a bit screwy when daylight savings rolls around.

Why? Because the state I live in doesn't do DS but the other does. It's as stupid as it sounds and it's because the legislation can't get past the state politics.
Anyway...

I work in a suburb that may as well be one big built up area, if the border wasn't cutting through the north and south. I work south of the border less than 10 minute's walk away. Crossing the border means you need to adjust your clock depending on where you go.

The worst part of all this? The local airport is 15 minute's drive away from my place on the NORTH of the border. You see the problem here? Early wake up calls and panic for people with no fore-planning.

I will admit that having to get up early for morning shifts can leave me grumpy, but it's the guests I feel the most sorry. Having to remind them about the time change, telling them to mind their phone clocks etc, etc. Incidentally, I just found out you can turn off the automatic GPS time tracker on the iPhone.

This still doesn't stop people sleeping in until the late check out hour and I have to ring them. That's perfectly fine because it's an accident.

The other day however, I had a tour group check in and the leader was completely oblivious to it. We had to explain to them the situation because apparently they had a flight at 4:30AM. If they were being safe, they would have to be at the airport at least an hour earlier, in which case 3:30 which is 4:30 our time. If they took at least an hour prepare, then I say they had to wake everyone up at 2:30 our time.

The point is, if you're going to be the planner and guide for a large group of people, at the very least know everything about your situation.

Then there was that time I had some guests staying at our place because they were attending a wedding in the area. When I told them about the time, they got a bit confused because their invitations didn't specify which time zone the wedding was starting. I don't remember the suburb either, so I forgot what happened after. But apparently they weren't the only ones.

To sum up, Daylight Savings is a bitch and whoever planned to put the airport this close to the border was an absolute madman.

Mental_Mouse
12-10-2017, 10:32 AM
Daylight Savings was a nice idea, most of whose critical failings didn't become obvious until after it was foisted on an industrial, heterogenous, society. The farmers already knew one of them: Cows don't read clocks. But it turns out humans are animals too, and arbitrarily messing with our daily cycle like that has seriously untoward side effects.

Unfortunately, now that it's the status quo, getting rid of it would take as much blood, sweat, and tears as most major national changes do. Even so, if we managed to get it overturned, we'd at least shake the twice-yearly spikes in traffic accidents and other products of confusion.

telecom_goddess
12-10-2017, 08:17 PM
We need to get rid of standard time and keep daylight savings time, I hate it getting dark so damn early this time of year.

Seanette
12-10-2017, 08:24 PM
Cue my "standard, daylight, split the difference, dream up something else, I really don't care, just pick something and STICK WITH IT" rant.

Kit-Ginevra
12-10-2017, 10:01 PM
Wouldn't that still be a problem if you lived at the edge of a time zone,regardless of daylight savings?Fortunately we don't have this problem here-our little island fits nicely into one zone.

Food Lady
12-10-2017, 10:28 PM
Add into this all the states that don't do sales tax and you have a bunch of confused travelers in different parts of the country. Can't we all just get along?

Arcus
12-10-2017, 11:32 PM
I hate Daylight Savings. Because of it I'm at work before the sun is up and leave work after the sun is down. How is that saving any daylight? I liked it better when it was dark when I was getting to work, but got at least some sun after work. Didn't feel like I was living my life at night.

Nunavut Pants
12-11-2017, 04:04 AM
There was one point in the 70s where we did daylight savings time in the winter. I remember walking to school in the pitch-dark through the snow... It was, umm, different.

Racket_Man
12-11-2017, 07:02 AM
I want more than 4 months of "standard time" This extended DST is stupid. I liked the old way with like 6 months standard and 6 day light savings.

greek_jester
12-11-2017, 08:33 AM
Wouldn't that still be a problem if you lived at the edge of a time zone,regardless of daylight savings?Fortunately we don't have this problem here-our little island fits nicely into one zone.

We still have to deal with British Summer Time, though. I really, really hate that; when the clocks change back in the autumn I suddenly have to start driving into the sunrise again at a level that's too low for my car's visor to catch.

KuariKaydrith
12-11-2017, 11:52 AM
Where I live has it's own time zone and it can get confusing for visitors who assume that we're on Atlantic Time. Newfoundland is ahead by thirty minutes from Atlantic Time, and it really screws with tourists coming in on the cruise ships.

Kit-Ginevra
12-11-2017, 03:14 PM
Where I live has it's own time zone and it can get confusing for visitors who assume that we're on Atlantic Time. Newfoundland is ahead by thirty minutes from Atlantic Time, behind by thirty years from the rest of Canada....and it really screws with tourists coming in on the cruise ships.

Fixedthatferya :D

KuariKaydrith
12-11-2017, 08:49 PM
Fixedthatferya :D

Imma smack you for that! Wait...why do I get the feeling that you might enjoy it? :P

For the most part I agree though. The older crowd seems to be very stuck in the way things used to be and trying to get them to get even halfway caught up with the rest of Canada is a fight all the way!

Mr Hero
12-13-2017, 12:00 PM
With so many devices that keep time nowadays, if it doesn't automatically update, I keep it on daylight savings all year.

Blue Ginger
12-13-2017, 12:22 PM
Down the east coast of Australia, we have 4 states and 1 territory. Only 1 state does not believe in Daylight savings. Queensland is the only one that doesn't have it. It is the largest on the east coast in land mass, but New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria have higher populations. It is also believed that like Newfoundland in Canada, it is about 30 or so years behind the times anyway so it doesn't make much of a difference.

Unless of course you are camping and it is 30+ degrees at the arse crack of dawn and you get woken up because you are being roasted alive in your tent. And no I'm not still annoyed at not being able to sleep in for the 2 weeks we camped nearly 15 years ago. I had to put sunscreen on before I could even leave my tent and it was too hot and bright to sleep past 6am. At least with daylight savings I could have had an extra 2 or so hours asleep before it got too hot.

Jetfire
01-08-2018, 12:05 PM
Where I live has it's own time zone and it can get confusing for visitors who assume that we're on Atlantic Time. Newfoundland is ahead by thirty minutes from Atlantic Time, and it really screws with tourists coming in on the cruise ships.

With Legalized MJ coming in Canada this year, on another site there was a discussion about what newfoundland should name their MJ stores.

One suggestion I saw was to call them: 450 :lol:

Mental_Mouse
01-08-2018, 03:31 PM
With Legalized MJ coming in Canada this year, on another site there was a discussion about what newfoundland should name their MJ stores.

One suggestion I saw was to call them: 450 :lol:

Ow ow bad joke, no punchline for you! :p

dalesys
01-08-2018, 07:54 PM
... punchline ...
No, that's the new lottery boards dispensing nose powder.