Daylight saving time always throws a wrench in my schedule, especially since having kids. It always takes about a week for the kids to adjust to new sleeping patterns, and then there’s always the daylight until 7 o’clock that makes them think we’re crazy to have them start getting ready for bed.
In case you’re wondering how this all started, we can blame Benjamin Franklin. According to Wikipedia article, he was the one who planted the idea back in 1784. Then in 1907 a British golfer who didn’t like his game having to end at dusk actually proposed the idea of changing the clock. By 1918, the US government made it law.
To make it all just a bit more confusing congress passed a law in 2005 to change the start date from the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in March–beginning today, March 11, 2007.
For the past 20 years, daylight-saving time has started on the first Sunday of April and ended on the last Sunday of October. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed those dates for this year to the second Sunday of March and the first Sunday of November.(Roanoke Daily Herald, Roanoke Rapids, NC 3/09/07)
Supposedly there will be some sort of tracking of energy costs that will be reported to the congress for them to decide if the change will be permanent. So it looks like this won’t be the end of it!