This ’n’ That by Nicky De Lange
Spring is officially here. This needs mentioning as the weather so far this year has been so different each day. Sometimes we wake up to sunshine, warm breezes and mid-range temperatures. Other days might be chilly and damp, windy and warm or any combination of these choices. But on Monday – March 20 – spring arrived.
The reason for this update is that there are a lot of events coming up in the next month. If you are anything like me, you require a calendar, the kind with big blocks for each day, so that you don’t get your dates mixed up and miss anything important.
It’s difficult enough remembering all the family events, loved ones’ birthdays, dental appointments and medical checkups.
I have been known to show up a week early or a day late for appointments. My excuse is that we have to make some of these arrangements six to 12 months in advance. Of course, the obvious answer is to enter them on your calendar as soon as you make the arrangement.
But nothing is foolproof. Who knows that far in advance what any of us might wind up doing around the time of the appointment? And what makes it even more challenging is that our doctors and dentists don’t always know what will be on their schedules either.
That’s when you receive the phone call from their office saying your appointment will have to be rescheduled.
And that is when it all unravels. Now you have two different dates and times stuck in your brain – the original date and the replacement date. The chance of you remembering the correct one is less than one per cent – and that’s after you’ve changed your calendar and added a sticky note on your mirror to help you remember.
The biggest challenge for many of us is the switch from standard time to daylight savings time. You might be like me and stumble around for at least a week trying to remember if the official time – the one we just adopted for the summer – is the same time our brain thinks it is.
It’s a weird kind of jetlag and one of the main symptoms is going around muttering to yourself: “Spring forward, fall back”. This doesn’t seem to actually help anyone but it gives you something new to be agitated about.
Heaven forbid you travel to a different time zone during this immediate-post-changeover period. That will guarantee long-term confusion, during which you not only cannot figure out what time it is but also where you actually are at the moment.
As a quick example, imagine that, during the first week of daylight savings time, you jump on a plane in Texas and fly to Las Vegas. Now, you have to remember that, as Texas is now one hour ahead because of its time change, you are actually two hours back in time when you land in Vegas.
OK, what time is it really? That depends on what time your watch says, what time you left home and whether or not you set your timepiece ahead or behind.
To which I say, who cares? You’re in Las Vegas! There are no clocks in the casinos. Everything stays open 24 hours a day. End of problem – it’s Party Time!