UP graphic by Baylee Billiot.

UP graphic by Baylee Billiot.

Not all states observe daylight saving time

As many Southeast Texans anticipate the time change to Daylight Saving Time, March 12, Arizona and Hawaii are two states that don’t participate in the event.

Ty Smith, a former resident of Arizona who now resides in Orange, says that after eight years of being in Texas he still gets confused with the time change.

“Every year, come March, I lose my mind,” he said. “You would think that I would be used to it by now, but I still get confused the first day or two of the time change.”

Arizona has never been a participant in Daylight Saving Time. When Daylight Saving was established in the United States in 1918, to save time during World War I, Arizona refused to adopt the change.

“To be honest, I didn’t even know there was such thing as Daylight Saving Time when I lived in Arizona,” Smith said.

Smith said that when moved to Texas he thought the time change was a joke. “The first year I was here, someone mentioned to me that soon our clocks were going to move up an hour as we went through Daylight Savings and I just laughed,” he said. “Although, when the clocks did change, it suddenly became real for me.”

Smith said that, even now, as confusing as it may be, he doesn’t pay much attention to Daylight Saving Time. He treats the day like any other day in the year.

“My clock may change, but my mindset doesn’t,” he said. “March 12 will truly be just another day for me.”

The purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to save energy and use daylight more wisely by adding one hour to the standard time. It originated in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada.

The first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time was Germany. On April 30, 1916 the country set their clocks an hour ahead to use more daylight during World War I.

The United States did not participate until 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the law to also contribute to the Daylight Saving Time idea during World War I. It only lasted eight months before it was repealed.

Twenty-four years later, in 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt brought the law back and America has been using Daylight Saving Time ever since.

Not only do the two states not participate, places outside of the U.S. do not recognize it. Saint Croix, a popular tourist destination in the Virgin Islands, ignores it.

“Hurry up and wait — that’s what it feels like to me,” Austin Mintas, Saint Croix, Virgin Islands student, said.

The communications major grew up in Saint Croix.

“When I first moved to the States, I moved to South Carolina for the military and I was mind blown at how popular the event was,” he said, adding that it really didn’t affect him because everything he did was on military time.

However, when he came to Lamar Mintas said he found Texans were obsessed with time change.

“It’s funny, here in Texas, Daylight Savings seems to be such a big event, but in reality, I know it’s not,” he said.

St. Croix is more of a laid-back community, Mintas said.

“Back in Saint Croix, everything was so calm,” he said. “We didn’t look at the time to let everything fall into place — we did things as we pleased and when we pleased. Most people don’t wear watches or have clocks in their homes.”

Mintas said he is like many other typical islanders — he cherishes moments rather than time.

“I believe that time is just an imagination,” he said. “There may be a time shown on the clock, but I won’t go by it. I won’t be recognizing the upcoming time change in Daylight Saving — I won’t let it affect me.”

Mintas said worrying about the time daily may cause us to miss out on life events or wait for something to happen.

“As I said, I won’t be one of those people who is going to hurry up and wait,” Mintas said. “I’m here to enjoy my time, whatever time that is.”

Baylee Billiot

UP contributor

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