Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gaining an hour but losing the day


A big clock in the bell tower--I guess it tells the monks at St. Gerasimus monastery exactly when to ring the bells for prayer.

Tonight this and all our clocks will have to be turned back an hour.
Crazy, no?
It is only September;  it is still sunny, hot and dry, like summer.
So why does Israel have to go off sha'on kayits, the "summer clock" (Daylight Savings) and jump so soon into sha'on choref, "winter clock"?

Every year the politicians and the Knesset argue about when to go off D.S.T. but they can't get their act together.

All I know is that the dark of night will be coming way too soon.
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REMINDER: The Wikipedia photo competition is happening now! Contribute your cultural heritage pictures and you might even win a prize.
Details at my post about Wiki Loves Monuments. 
And today's Wiki blog post proves that heritage buildings should be photographed before they are lost.  (Something Israel, especially, should be thinking about, maybe.)
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14 comments:

Sara said...

When I worked at the university, the International Programs Department had a detailed time chart showing all the countries around the world where we had students in our programs. It surprised me to discover there is no worldwide standard for changing the clocks but every country has its own day, if it even changes at all. Thus, it was a very long chart, several pages in length.

Rob Mandy said...

Here, we change over on the last Sunday in October.
Yes, Dina, to answer your question: I love teaching. To adults.

Robin said...

We are by far the earliest, and it infuriates me all over again each and every year. So very wrong.

Spiderdama said...

Last Sunday in october here..I'd rather set it to an extra hour a day, 25 hours, since it so dark here in the north we deserve more hours a day (for sleeping):-)

Robert Geiss said...

Same over here. Always a bit difficult for the kid to understand and get used to, for a few days.

Yes, it surely should be thought of whether it is still in need. Please have a good Sunday ahead.

Anonymous said...

in australia, as i'm sure you know, we are going into daylight saving time in a few weeks. i like it. all of that extra daylight after work to get stuff done. it's a set time of year (usually) so at least we know when it will be. shalom

Scrappy Grams said...

We in Indiana don't go on that stupid change of time till October. The reason we were given when I was a kid was for the farmers. That reason went away years ago when tractors became equipped with headlights. I wish our state government would do away with it.

RuneE said...

And I thought the End of Summer was an international agreement! I wouldn't like to be the one who makes the timetable for an airline!

'Tsuki said...

I like the tittle of this post. And this church looks really interesting.

Thanks for visiting my blog this morning. The psalm the video illustrate was taken an hour ago, directly in the abbey church of my village :
http://lunedemaledaumon.blogspot.fr/2012/09/le-temps-daller-poser-mon-obole-de.html

I know you don't read French, but if you want to see the picture of all that walk I had last thursday, you can follow this link :

http://lunedemaledaumon.blogspot.fr/search/label/Couronnement%20de%20Lumi%C3%A8re%20un%20Jeudi%20B%C3%A9ni

'Tsuki said...

Thanks for your warm welcoming on the Palm Challenge, Dina.

Birdman said...

I can handle darkness. It's the cold temps I dread the most.

Hels said...

I wish you were going OFF dalight saving the same weekend Australia was going ON to daylight saving. That way there would be only two clock changes in the year between families, not four :(

VP said...

I simply hate DST, and every year it gets worse...

Kay said...

Now that's something we never have to worry about in Hawaii except that we have to remember how many hours apart we are now from the Midwest and the East coast.