We donâ€™t practice daylight savings time in Hawaii because Hawaiians are smarter than the rest of the country. Daylight saving time is unhealthy, and has also been shown not to improve electrical usage (the original purpose). I also discovered that Queensland voted down the use of Daylight Saving Time, which is cool because it means my race will be slightly less noonish (1:50pm, which would be a solar 12:50pm if Australia were on DST).
Meanwhile, the mainland US, except Arizona, is going the opposite direction from Queensland, and has made DST last about a month longer than it used to. The US now observes DST for about 7 months of the year, and of the 300 million Americans (or however many we have after the past few years of abstinence education-induced teenage pregnancies) I have yet to hear from somebody who a) likes the idea of taking an hour from our spring and putting into our autumn, or b) can give me a logical and intelligent explanation as to why we do it. Then again, my sampling may be biased due to the fact that I spend most of my time in a) the Northwest, where summer twilight lasts until after 10pm so you canâ€™t get to sleep, or b) the Tropics, where getting home from work with an extra hour of summer daylight means waiting an extra hour for the house to cool down enough for sleep. (Notice my main reason for hating DST is that it messes with my sleep schedule?) I would be happy with year round DST, or no DST, but the switch is lacking in logic. Iâ€™d much rather have the extra hour during the winter when it gets dark at 4pm in Seattle.