We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
DST does wonders for me. The cat wakes me up at the crack of dawn, that is now nearer 8 than 7.
Besides, getting up early sucks but having more daylight after work to get things done is useful. We are creatures of the conditioning received by years of public education. Before school, bad, after school, yea!
So call me ignorant, but which is the 'real' time? That which we experience between fall and spring or the other way around?
For those of us in far northern climes, the DST change makes a huge difference in quality of life. If, for example, the winter time is the 'real' time, we'd end up with a sunrise at something like 3:30 am...but then the sun would be down by 8:30 pm on our longest summer day. Not a lot of use for me to have 3 to 4 hours when I'm asleep to be bright with sun. It already is a waste for the sun to come up around 4:30 or 5:00 am.
In the winter time, if we did not change the clocks, our 'night' would begin before 4 pm. Not sounding so good to me.
Those further south probably could do without it (and Arizona doesn't follow DST at all), but those of us further north benefit from the adjustment. It centers the 'light' hours at more useful times during the day in the winter.
The winter period of standard zone time is the "real" time. But it is as I said zone time covering 15 degrees of longitude centered on multiples of 15 (15 degrees of longitude the time it takes the sun to progress 1 hour of time. But with zone time, local apparent noon in standard time occurs at noon at the zone meridian but a half hour earlier at the eastern edge of the zone and a half hour later at the western edge. So, in the winter, during standard time, at noon zone time the sun is past its zenith on the eastern edge and not yet at its zenith at the western edge of the zone.
Daylight Savings Time, simply moves the clocks so that local apparent noon (the sun reaching its zenith) at the zone meridian occurs one hour later by the clock. This has the effect for those governed by the clock to move one hour of sunlight into the the afternoon. It was useful for factory work when factories depended on daylight to light the work areas.
Caveat, I'm not letting this rest then check. It is very easy to get this backward without rechecking it. If you break away from clock time, time is vey complex.
OK then--instead of having DST run in corridors north to south, why not run it where it makes sense in the northern latitudes and close neighbors. I am much closer to AZ then I am to Alaska and points north! SHeesh!
I HATE-HATE-HATE DST! It takes me two weeks to get my clock re-set so that I can go to sleep at a rational hour and stay asleep for 8!
I blame alarm clocks. And having to be someplace at a certain time. And jobs and other junk like that. Time is inconveneint and it's high time we did something about it. I vote we launch a war against time. Show of hands please?