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Senior Moments: When happy hour comes early

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, March 14, 2019

It’s time to spring forward with all our clocks this weekend.

I remember when we had to call the operator to get the correct time. Anyway, when we get up at 6 a.m., it will really be 5 a.m. because we put the clocks ahead one hour before we went to bed on Saturday night.

I don’t drive after dark, but after the time change, I can stay out an hour later. A hint for us seniors: I get a discount on my car insurance for not driving after dark. You may want to research your perks if you don’t drive after dark, either. Our “kids” still hard at work suggest starting daylight savings time at 4 p.m. on a Friday.

This coming Sunday, sunset is at 7 p.m.!

Some say we waste the first hour of daylight savings time trying to figure out if we gained or lost an hour. Comic strip character Maxine says she likes DST because it makes happy hour come one hour sooner.

I like the Indian legend that says when Chief Iktomi was told about daylight savings time, he thought a while, rubbed his chin and said: “Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”

Enough said. Just change those clocks!

Another important March date is St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. By the way, keep Thursday, March 14, circled on your calendars. That’s the day the Warrenton senior meal site will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a corned beef meal at noon. I’m told several of you will wear green to the lunch.

So why wear green? And what about St. Patrick driving all the snakes out of Ireland?

I’ve read several historical accounts of the history of St. Patrick’s Day and the best one I found was dated about this time last year. If you have your own computer or can go down to our amazing library on Main Avenue, look up the following site: ripleys.com/weird-news/snakes-in-ireland.

You’ll be amazed and entertained at the same time. A hint: Another thing that can be blamed on climate change.

It’s fun being a senior as we have more time to look up relevant and interesting facts.

Incidentally, most of Arizona and all of Hawaii don’t do the DST change. And then there are the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa that do not observe DST either.

And now, an important and maybe a life-saving note. Several years ago, it was suggested to use the time change every year as a reminder to change the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

So this weekend, be sure to change your clocks as well as your batteries.


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