Time for a Change?
It's not just Daylight Savings Time that should be abolished!
Sunday, March 11, 2007; B08
Suppose that in Alexandria the quart became, by law, bigger in
the spring (so people would drink more fluids in hot weather) two
weeks earlier than it did in the District? And that bottlers had to revert
to the smaller quart each fall?
Can't conceive of such an irksome government requirement?
Well, that one is a fantasy, fortunately, but the government forcing us to
change our clocks in spring and fall is all too real! We are just lucky
that a time zone change line does not follow the Potomac River!
Sandford Fleming, a Canadian, invented Standard Time. I was
still a Canadian myself when I arrived in the District in 1967, to live on
Ontario Road (how Canadian!) not far from the old Prime Meridian:
which in early days ran down 16th
Street! (That's why it is called
Meridian Hill Malcolm X Park.) I had been offered a job by the Naval
Observatory (in Observatory Circle) but I had accepted a job at the
Naval Research Lab, in District 8. (I liked to joke that I preferred the