Sunday, March 31, 2019

Time Tango

Last night we changed our clocks for Daylight Savings Time. We sprang forward and lost an hour.

Yesterday at this time it was almost 11.














After not doing the 'Time Tango' twice a year for 7 years while living in Arizona, returning to DST here in Switzerland has taken some getting used to.

We're not alone in our struggles to adjust. Apparently, an overwhelming number of Swiss want to abolish DST for various reasons, not the least of which is the impact it has on the cows!











The one hour change in time apparently affects milking schedules to the point that farmers saw that it was worthy of a national vote in 1978. 52% of Swiss voters approved a measure to get rid of DST. The Swiss didn't have it for one year, in 1980, but reinstated it in 1981 after it was found to be too confusing and economically challenging to not be in the same time zone as the neighboring countries.

But DST is not very popular with the EU either. In fact, in a recent survey of 4.6 million people across Europe 84% backed a move to abolish DST.  The move was approved by the President of the European Commission, and scheduled to start March 2019.

Then why did we change our clocks last night? Apparently as the deadline drew near, the EU legislative body decided that it was too ambitious, so the change has been pushed back two years to April 2021. For now, the Swiss will stay 'in time' with the EU as they continue their 'Tango'.

spring forward 
fall back
six month dance

continue or not
various voters 
take a stance
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8 comments:

  1. It does seem to be the most challenging change. People grouse about it here for about a week then carry on! I'm glad to hear you're experiencing the same. Perhaps it will end-someday!

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    1. Yes, Linda, my hope is for it to end sooner than later. I vote to just stay on DST year round. =)

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  2. My cat doesn't get it either. It seems to be increasingly unpopular, so maybe things will change.

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    1. Interesting that cats, cows, and goodness knows what other animals are affected by the change in a way that is negative. I'm with you in hoping things will change, Liz. =)

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  3. The older I get the less I enjoy losing an hour. I'm looking forward to getting out back in the fall, though. 🍂

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    1. Me, too, Jeanette! But, I'd rather stay on this schedule year round - more light in the afternoon. I suppose preferences depend on where in the world you live. =)

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  4. And it changes on different dates in different places, just adding to the confusion. Stop it!

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    1. Yes, I agree that the world doesn't need any more confusion, Joan. It's another layer that is completely unnecessary if you ask me. =)

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