New Kids on the Block

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So maybe I am lame because my favorite summer anthem song is by New Kids on the Block, but that’s okay I’d rather be lame than pretend to like something that I don’t.  Summertime is a 2008 single and the first from the New Kids on the Block album titled The Block. The single was released in May 2008, the coolest part Summertime was the first single released by the group since 1994. Thanks for that awesome High School graduation gift, New Kids on the Block.

The best part of this song might be the music video–please know I am joking about this part, really the music video is not great by any means. The music video was premiered on VH1 later in 2008, do you all remember Pop-up videos on VH1?  The video was directed by Thomas Kloss and Donnie Wahlberg. The video begins with Donnie exiting a hangar and texts the band members with the message that said, “It’s on.” Then he boards a helicopter that’s waiting for him. The band members are each shown receiving the message while they are doing various activities like swimming or running and they head off to the beach. They are then shown singing on the beach and at a party.

What’s there not to love about this song? It’s a little bit of a throwback from an awesome band, the beach, texting (haha), a summer love story and friends. It’s really the perfect summer anthem. Maybe this song didn’t top the Billboard charts, but it’s always on my top charts!

turn your clocks

don’t forget to turn your clocks back

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Daylight Saving Time is when the days become short and we are closer to the Winter Solstice. Honestly before I decided to write about Daylight Saving Time I couldn’t tell you anything about it. After much research, I now have a grasp on why we have Daylight Saving.

Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after World War II, states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time in 1996.

In 2005 Congress passed the Energy Policy Act and since 2007 Daylight Saving Time is  four weeks longer. This Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours. As a result of this act, it is difficult to determine energy savings from Daylight Saving Time and based on factors, it is possible that little or no energy is saved by Daylight Saving Time.

Most states and a few countries will turn their clocks back on November 3, 2013 with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona because those states do not practice Daylight Savings Time. This means that we gain (not lose) an hour when we turn our clocks back an hour to 1:00 a.m. when our clocks reach 2 a.m. on Sunday. A helpful way to remember whether to set our clocks ahead or behind one hour during the Daylight Savings Time change for Fall 2013 is to “Fall Back” and “Spring Ahead.”

Did you know it’s actually Daylight Saving Time not Daylight Savings Time? It’s become so widely known as Daylight Savings Time in the US that no one makes the correction.

Fact: Only TWO countries: Kyrgyzstan and Iceland  observe year-round Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 a.m. in the United States. It will resume on March 9, 2014 at 2 a.m.