And overall, the shifting back and forth can be disruptive and confusing, domestically and even more so internationally, because the whole world does not make the shift at the same time, and some nations don't make the shift at all. Nowadays, there's often a period of a week or two between the time when North America makes the shift, and European nations do. I once participated in an international conference call where one caller from France phoned in an hour late for this very reason.
So, having gone through that, and even with power restored having no where to go, and again, with devices making the transition automatically, the time shift went by with more of a whimper than a bang.
But even more so, having lost a week due to all the power outages, gaining an hour seemed so very insignificant by comparison. So my modest proposal is, quite simply this: Let's set the calendar back by one week. After all, New Jersey Governor Christie declared Monday, November 5 to be Halloween, so why not retroactively make it Monday, October 29. Now, I know some folks will protest about changing the day that Christmas takes place, but come on, we all know that date was never written in stone, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the holiday later anyway, so for once all of Christianity could be more or less in sync. As for Wicans celebrating the winter solstice, they don't need to follow the calendar, and the Jewish calendar doesn't have to change, so Hanukkah would fall a week earlier on the Gregorian calendar than it does right now.
Of course, having gained a week, we'd need to give it back later, and I know exactly when that should be. In March. Everyone hates the month of March, there are no holidays to break it up, it just seems to go on forever, so let's spring forward a week at that time, and get to April that much quicker.
So, that's my fall back plan, how about it? Are you with me?