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Return to Normal Time(s)

Did the end of Daylight Savings Time return you to "normal time"?

Daylight Savings Time ended for most of the country at 2:00a.m. Sunday morning. In keeping with the season, clocks are set to "fall back" one hour. How did you celebrate the return of "normal time"?

Having stayed up late watching "Saturday Night Live" with my son, a neighbor, and a bottle of Scotch, I resolved to "sleep in". Alas, it did not happen because my eyes "popped open" at the absurdly early hour of 6:00a.m. (new time).

I did my usual morning routine: personal hygiene, yoga/meditation, breakfast. I baked a strudel coffee cake and brewed hot coffee. I treated myself to C.B.S.' "Sunday Morning". Years ago, B.C. (Before Children) I used to enjoy the exploits of travel corespondent, Charles Kuralt. This show may have planted the seed of my travel wanderlust, although I never kept mistresses like Mr Kuralt did "on the road".

Daylight-Savings-Time-Ends-Sunday was the one week anniversary of Hurricane Sandy morphing into Super Storm Sandy. By the numbers (according to C.B.S.), 8.5 million people were without power; 20,000 flights were cancelled; the stock market closed for two days; and damages, second only to Hurricane Katrina, are estimated at $20-50 billion. How long will it take the storm savaged states of the Right Coast to return to normal?

Getting back to "Sunday Morning", the show did a piece on watches. The National Watch and Clock Museum (Lancaster, PA) was mentioned. Mr Roland Murphy, a watch maker, said, "A watch is one of the few personal items that men wear every day". A jeweler in California exhibited a million dollar watch.

Of course, I texted during "Sunday Morning". Each RESPONSE to my initial text returned with a time stamp EARLIER than when I had sent mine. I had previously set my clocks by hand, so I found this digital phenomenon disturbing. It took several hours for the digital time stamps of the various phone service companies to synchronize the correct time for "send" and "receive". My Daylight-Savings-Time-Ends Sunday finally got back to "normal time".

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