Cheat Codes: Ways to Beat Daylight Saving Time

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Fall Back Without Falling Behind

If you are thinking to yourself right now, “what the hell is a daylight saving time?” it’s probably because you only have a smartphone for a clock that updates itself and you get up whenever it tells you to without paying attention. For everyone else, here are some steps to take to beat an archaic time shift which might or might not wreak havoc with your body clock.

What is Daylight Saving Time though?

If you came here looking for answers to the big questions, well, we don’t know how much we can help you. Time is an illusion. It’s an artificial construct that we all agreed upon at one point so we would know when to turn on our television sets to watch “Three’s Company” or “Cheers.”

Daylight saving time began to give us that extra hour of daylight during summer months, and probably to save us all from seasonal affective disorder and apocryphally to help farmers. More likely it was to give Cher a reason to wear a leotard on a Naval destroyer. Let’s not get too bogged down in the details, which you can find here.

Point is, on Sunday at 2 a.m. it will be 2 a.m. again, but not in the Groundhog Day sort of way.

How to Cheat Time

  1. Arizona provides a sanctuary from the tyranny of time changes. Florida made moves to get ahead of the issue, literally, with the Sunshine Protection Act, which would put the Sunshine State on permanent daylight saving time. Just good branding even if it will make flying from JFK to JAX awfully confusing for half of the year.
  2. California has a ballot initiative this election to eliminate daylight saving time. So, if you live in California vote yes on Prop. 7 on Tuesday, and if you don’t, wait for it to pass then we all move to California. Wherever you are though, vote Tuesday anyway, even if the ballot doesn’t have anything about daylight saving time.
  3. Maybe you don’t want to move because you like where you live and you need to adopt the sort of life of leisure where you can just leave the damn microwave clock on the same time all year round because it’ll catch up eventually.

Win a Watch

The number one thing you can do to stay on track with this whole time thing though is to get a watch. Our friends at Aulta Surf can help you out here. We’ve teamed with them give you a chance to win one. It’s a nice one, too, with a chronograph and everything, so you can count the seconds you are gaining when we fall back. All you have to do is enter here:

The Clock is Ticking

So, you’re ok with falling back. It’s cool. You get an extra hour. What are you going to do with it?

  1. You could spend that hour reading everything on the six-foot-long receipt you get from CVS when you purchase three things.
  2. See if a 60-minute IPA is accurately named.
  3. Waste it.
  4. Read all of “The Ballad of a Sad Cafe” by Carson McCullers, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me,” “The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, or “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe. Even on ebook, if you like.
  5. Find a one-hour photo and wait it out.
  6. Get two Domino deliveries in less than 30 minutes.
  7. Bake cookies.
  8. Listen to Earl Sweatshirt’s 29-minute masterpiece, “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside,” twice.
  9. Donate it. Spend an hour helping others.
  10. Review that election booklet the county sent you. You can probably vote like maybe four or five times with that extra hour.