Time to fall back

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2007

Whether it's springing forward or falling back, Daylight Savings Time is seldom anything but convenient. Sure you get an extra hour of sleep in the autumn, but how much more daylight can you possibly save when you live in Alaska?

Here on the peninsula, ask people what they think about Daylight Savings Time and most of them will tell you they either love it or they hate it. But there are others who think Daylight Savings Time for Alaska, especially when the sun doesn't show its face until 9 a.m. right now, is pointless.

"Daylight Savings Time is a joke in Alaska period," said Enid Keyes of Homer. "It's a silly convention up here because our daylight hours are different than the Lower 48."

When asked whether or not the time change throws her schedule off, Keyes said Daylight Savings Time doesn't have a big impact on her life because she's retired.

Richard Finney of Anchor Point feels much the same way.

"It's ridiculous to have it," he said. "It doesn't make any difference. I'm dead set against it."

Raylene Grisham of Kenai said changing the clocks at all is confusing and is glad the time change is coming later this year because it often catches people off guard.

"It's like it's that time already," she said.

Rebecca Weldy wishes the time change would come sooner.

"I like to fall back," she said. "Not spring forward."

Mike Ellis of Kenai estimates the time change saves maybe 20 minutes of daylight for Alaska, especially now that the state's entering its dark period of the year.

"It's a waste of time," he said. "It doesn't save much daylight and throws the kids' sleepy time off."

Ralph Wellborn, also of Kenai, loves the sun, so it should be up 24 hours a day 7 days a week, but he said the time change itself doesn't bother him.

When it comes to the local night life around the Kenai Peninsula, Jessica Hampton, a patron at the Rainbow Bar, said the bar closes at 5 in the morning and will stop serving drinks between 4:15 and 4:30. When the clocks fall back an hour, she said the bar will stop serving drinks an hour earlier.

At the Backdoor Lounge, however, bartender, Lisa Nelson said she usually stops serving drinks at 2 a.m. on weeknights and midnight on Sundays. If clocks are moved back on a night when the lounge is getting good business, Nelson will serve drinks an hour longer.

"That gives us an extra hour to serve," she said, "which is good for business."

Nelson said her daily routine isn't really affected by the time change, adding that changing your clocks with the seasons is just something you've got to do.

"I don't think about it," she said. "It's just something you do in life, like you pay your taxes. You just do it and go with the flow."

Jessica Cejnar can be reached at jessica.cejnar@peninsulaclarion.com.

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