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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column mulling a move to Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands or most of Arizona. Our itch to relocate is not because these places are all warm and sunny and we’ve just about had it up to our beanies in cold, winter weather, but because none recognizes Daylight Savings Time, a phenomenon sure to wreak havoc on our lives this weekend.

Inevitably, you’ve heard by now that the bi-annual clock change is happening three weeks early this year as per the Energy Policy Act of 2005. We guess that means we’ve known about this for two years, but it seems to have really snuck up on us.The whole idea here is energy conservation, which, trust us, we’re fully on board with. Energy use in the home is directly tied to when we go to bed and when we wake up. By moving time up an hour, the sun will essentially set an hour later and we won’t start turning on lights, televisions or ovens until later, thereby conserving energy.OK, we get that, but our problem with it is one of nostalgia. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest (where it didn’t snow well into June), we harbor vivid memories of the anticipation of Daylight Savings Time (we didn’t care about losing an hour back then) so we could play whiffle ball or twirl on the tree swing long into the evening. The summer sun sinking below the horizon was the only thing that could get us inside for months on end, all thanks to that extra hour.

But, now it’s the middle of winter and we’re expected to look forward to one more hour? Sure, there’s the potential of one more hour of skiing, but it’s only going to make us want for summertime activities like softball and hiking. We just don’t think we can take the heartbreak of knowing our favorite pastimes are still months away, yet we’re already springing forward.

We wonder: If we promise to keep all the lights off, the heat down and not use the TV, can we leave our clocks untouched? We’re not sure who we’re asking exactly, but please get back to us before 2 a.m.***It’s Saturday and we’re out cherishing our last evening of dusk at 6 p.m.


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