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What time is it? I have no idea

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By Jim Clark

Just when I was used to getting up at a certain hour, I'm going to have to start waking up during what seems like the middle of the night.

It's time to turn the clocks ahead for daylight-saving time.

That means that when the alarm goes off at 5:30 or 6 a.m. next Monday, my body is immediately going to say, "No, it's only 4:30." Too bad, body. It's time to rise and shine.

While I complain a lot about this, there are people who have a much tougher time with this. If you have small children who have to get up and get ready for school, you know what I'm talking about. Bad enough you've got to get yourself up, you also have to get the kids ready. Some of those same kids will be waiting for school buses in the dark, if they aren't already. That's never a good thing.

A lot more people will be on the road in the dark in the morning, as opposed to the evening. I'm not sure if that's an advantage or not. Are you more tired when you stagger out of bed in the morning or when you drive home after a hard day's work?

Here's another problem: electronics. I'm staring at the time on my computer, which is less than six months old. Hopefully, it will automatically change on Sunday. However, my computer at home is more than two years old, when the time change date was different. So do I change the time on Sunday, or go with the wrong time for a few weeks until it automatically changes on the old schedule? Problems, problems.

As for a VCR, forget it. That will have to be manually changed, too (yes, some of us still have VCRs).

So make sure you don't let time stand still this weekend. Move those clocks ahead on Saturday night before you go to sleep or, if you're still up at 2 a.m., move them forward then.

If you don't, everyone will be staring at you Sunday morning as you arrive an hour late for church.

STYLEBOOK SHORTS: In the newspaper industry, various papers use a thing called a "Stylebook" to determine how certain words are spelled, or used, or punctuated. We use the Associated Press Stylebook, which many newspapers due. Some bigger papers have their own books, and there's one called the Chicago Manual of Style that is also popular.

Each week we're going to try to bring you an item from the Stylebook which might make it easier to submit things to us. This week, appropriately, we'll go with daylight-saving time. The Stylebook notes the hyphen between the first two words, and the lack of an "s" at the end of "saving." That's why you see that style in our paper.

WEB WANDERINGS: We're also going to bring you a weekly Web site for you to visit, something you might not know is there. This week we'll start with www.deadoraliveinfo.com which tells you which celebrities are alive and which ones have passed on. It's a great argument-settler for people who can't remember whether some movie star is still alive, etc.

Jim Clark is the editor of the Williston Pioneer Sun News. He can be reached at editor@willistonpioneer.com or at 528-3343.