Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Time Zone Change: What do you think?

If you are a drive in theater, your business has declined dramatically. If you are a restaurant in Fort Wayne, reports are business is down slightly. Some say going out to eat while it is so light out looses some of its atmosphere.

I myself do not like it. I open the windows a night to cool the house down and now must wait another hour to do so. In addition my kids have seemed to change their time tables by about one hour, getting up later and going to be later which affects my time table as well.

I have heard no personal endorsement for the time change. There were much bigger fish to fry than the time zone and it will result in no economic increase at all. People are not spending more, only differently.


At 9:51 AM, Blogger fairplaybeach said...

It's great... maybe people are too busy enjoying it to give feedback...

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Andrew Kaduk said...

I'm a big fan too...many less mosquito bites on the kids so far this year, and I don't think it is from the dry conditions. I'm getting a lot more out of my weekends as well.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger LP Mike Sylvester said...

I was pretty neutral to the idea when it was being debated.

Now that we have it my wife and I have developed a STRONG dislike for it; but, we shall deal with it as best we can.

I have a 3 and a 5 year old. You try getting them to sleep when it is still 100% light outside...

At 2:16 AM, Blogger William Larsen said...

Actually mosquito's will come out when there is shade or at dusk. If you have few trees where you are, then daylight savings will allow you an extra hour before those biters or no see-um come out. I just remember what it was like when I was a kid back in the 60's when they did this. I believe it lasted a year maybe two, before they went back.

I do know we will use more energy with the time change. The neighbor’s AC is one longer. When we did not change, the sun was down an hour sooner, no doubt about that. For many who open windows, you cool the house down to a point where you can sleep. If you go to bed at 10 or even 11, there is little chance the house will be cool enough to get a restful sleep. This results in running the AC. I also like walking at night, but now must put off the walk till later when it is cooler, which means I go to bed later.

There are many pros and cons to the time change. For me, I prefer not changing.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Mike Kole said...

I like it a lot. I actually get my yard work done now! Politically, my position was that I hoped the state would go to DST and Eastern Time, but that counties should have the right to choose Central Time if they are more closely associated with Central.

But I have a great deal of sympathy for businesses that have been negatively impacted by the change.

The drive-in theatres are small fry compared to the bars statewide. I have spoken with many bar owners, and they all say that DST has hurt their business. With the longer daylight, folks stay outside longer, and rather than hit the bars, they decide- "wow, 10 O'Clock. It's late. I'm going to turn in".

The bar owners also tell me that regular theaters are hurting, too- for the same reasons as the bars.


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