Don’t forget to fall back

Published 7:00 am Saturday, November 4, 2017

This weekend several things will occur, one of which will give us just a bit more time to accomplish things.

In addition to a number of Pearl River County residents completing to-do lists around the house, attending the biannual Picayune Main Street Festival, and taking long leisurely naps, the opposite of Daylight Savings Time goes into effect, Standard Time.

So, Saturday before you go to bed, be sure to set your clock back one hour. The time change won’t officially take place until 2 a.m. Sunday, but most of us will be asleep at that time.

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By now, you’ve come to realize that your cellphones, computers and other devices that update the time via a cell tower or the Internet will set themselves, so there’s no need to adjust the time on them.

What you will want to focus on are the battery-powered clocks, alarm clocks and mechanically powered clocks.

If you’ve ever wondered why we practice Daylight Savings Time, all you have to do is look back in history to a time before electricity.

It began back when candles were still the primary source of light as a way to conserve that resource, but its been used in various forms long before then. Throughout history, the practice went through various states of use and nonuse in many industrialized countries.

Even here in the United States the practice has had “on again, off again” states of implementation.

In fact, there are two states within our country that do not observe Daylight Savings Time today, Hawaii and a large portion of Arizona.

While I can’t advocate for the best method when dealing with DST, I do have a preference.

Gaining an hour in the fall is great, but when spring comes, I lament everything about DST and the hour that magically disappears in the middle of the night.

So, until something changes, don’t forget to fall back this weekend. Otherwise you’ll be an hour early for any Sunday morning appointments.