Springing Forward and Falling Back

28 Oct

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Somewhere in the late 90’s my clock radio died and I had to get a new one. I purchased the replacement at Montgomery Wards and I was really excited about it. Although not that attractive, it had an amazing feature: a chip that automatically told the clock to Spring forward or Fall back as the season demanded. It was wonderful and I enjoyed this small luxury. Temporarily.

In 2007, a small but mighty amendment to the Uniform Time Act occurred. We changed the dates when the time changes. We would, from now on, Spring forward on the second Sunday of March  instead of on the first Sunday of April and Fall back  on the first Sunday in November, rather than on the last Sunday of October.

So now, I have to change the clocks four times a year. On the last Sunday in October, I have to Spring forward the one hour my awesome clock fell back at 2:00 a.m. Then a week later, I make it Fall back again, along with all the other clocks in the house. In the Spring, I reverse the process, falling back on the second Sunday in March, and then making the clock radio Spring forward along with all the other clocks on the house.

I could get a new clock and send this one to the Island of Misfit Toys, but that would mean admitting defeat. And by gum, I’ll not give in that easily.

 

 

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6 Responses to “Springing Forward and Falling Back”

  1. Kathy Douglas October 28, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    So funny! And I thought just figuring out when and how to do it each time was difficult!

  2. arjeha October 28, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Had to laugh. At first the technology was a godsend – not having to remember about changing the time. Now it is a nightmare. I wonder how many others have similar clocks. Did they give in and get new clocks or are they like you, not letting a machine get the better of them.

  3. Terje October 28, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    I can imagine this being a bit annoying for you, but the slice was fun to read, especially of not admitting defeat.

  4. Tara Smith October 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    I loved the way you found a way around your problem – well done!

  5. Kendra October 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I laughed so hard, because I connected with you. I have a weather radio/alarm clock that resets itself for fun I swear. My parents have invested in atomic clocks, and I’ve considered doing the same. But I connected with you in not admitting that I need to! Great Slice!

  6. anita October 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    I have to smile as I read your post. I too have an older – maybe only 10 years old – clock with the “old” settings and we ALL seem to get confused this time of year when IT automatically rolls back due to some factory preset factor that does not match with 2014 reasoning!

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