TIME TO “FALL BACK”

Daylight Savings time ends November 7th

Turn Your Clocks Back 11/7

Daylight Savings is Ending

Prepare to Fall Back, November 7th, 2010

A reminder to turn your clocks back one hour on Sunday November 7th, at 2:00am.

Daylight savings time was originally started during World War I. They thought it would save on energy, therefore benefiting the industrial wartime manufacturing. It also became a requirement by the federal government during World War II.

In 1966, The Uniform Time Act was passed by Congress standarizing Daylight Savings…then once again in 2005, the Energy Policy Act, lengthened the period four weeks. We are to “Spring Forward” on the second Sunday of March, and then “Fall Back” on the first Sunday of November. Once again, the purpose is to save on oil consumption, and energy.

Today, there is talk about not turning the clocks back an hour in the fall. Mayer Hillman, a senior fellow emeritus at the Policy Studies Institute in London explains in his report, published online, that eliminating the time change would provide “about 300 additional hours of daylight for adults each year and 200 more for children.” This increase would encourage more otdoor physical activity, people fell happier, more energetic and have lower rates of illness, according to Hillman.

Another expert, Dr. Robert E Graham, an internist at Lenow Hill Hospital agrees with Hillman’s conclusions. 

“As a society we are always looking for ‘accessible, low cost, little-to-no harm interventions.’ By increasing the number of ‘accessible’ daylight hours we may have found the perfect intervention, definitely a ‘bright’ idea to consider,” he added.

As for me…I wish that whoever “they” are. Please set the clocks, and then leave them alone. Adjusting to time changes twice a year throws off my body clock!

What are your thoughts?

Happy Fall!

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Halloween in San Diego

Halloween is not just for kids ….there are plenty of things for adults to enjoy this spooky weekend.  Not for the faint of heart, there are several Haunted Houses in town.  The longest running attraction in San Diego is the Haunted Hotel in the Gaslamp District.  Located at 6th & Juniper Street at Marston Point – every night until Halloween – general admission is $15. 

Scream Zone 13  at the Del Mar Fairgrounds – The Triple Threat includes House of Horror, Haunted Hayride & The Chamber….all for the scary low price of $27.99. 

For those of you wanting to do the Monster Mash, there are also great Halloween Parties this weekend:

10th Annual Dos Equis XX Monster Bash  , October 30th 6-midnight, this outdoor bash in the Gaslamp and East Village.  Its world-famous Costume Contest is on again with a Grand Prize of $3,000 cash!  Tickets also include food and drink specials as well as free entrance into Gaslamp & East Village’s nightclubs and hotspots.  $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Heaven & Hell Halloween Music Festival & Costume Party  will be held, for the first time, at Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 30th from 8pm-2am, presale tickets $30 and parking $9.00.  Three massive areas (Heaven, Hell, Purgatory) will each contain an all star line-up of talent. 

But for those with little goblins, here is a list of great activities happening this weekend:

Pumpkin Patches – one of the largest in San Diego County is Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center.   Open every day from 9-5.  They have a variety of pumpkins from minis to Big Mac’s!  Plenty of family fun activities including facepainting, Tractor / Hayride, Pony Rides and an interactive petting corral.  See website for pricing.

Pinery Pumpkin Stations throughout the County including Del Mar, El Cajon, Chula Vista, Rancho Bernardo, Mission Valley, National City and Bonita.  Free admission and parking.  Pumpkins, kiddie rides, giant slides, petting zoos and more! 

Trick or Treat on India Street .  The Little Italy Association is putting on its 3rd annual event offering a safe and special night on Friday, October 29th at 5:30pm. 

For Mall-style trick-or-treating, Carmel Mountain Ranch Plaza  shops offers trick-or-treat in its participating stores on Sunday, October 31st from 2-4pm.  Live music, balloon art, and more.  Bring a canned food item to support the San Diego Food Bank.

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