Want to know about Daylight Saving Time? Talk to the clock makers!
St. Petersburg, Florida — It’s that time of year. Get ready to set those clocks forward an hour Saturday night before you head to bed. And if you think it’s tedious to change the time on your microwave, your stove and even in your car, think of Pete Lamb.
He has been building and repairing clocks of all shapes and sizes for 72 years, nearly six decades of those in St. Petersburg.
“I started repairing watches when I was 14 years old.”
And he’s having the time of his life.
“I love ‘em! What’s not to love?”
This will be a busy weekend for him - he has more than 100 clocks in his house and he will spend Saturday night turning dozens of them forward one hour before he hits the hay.
“When you’ve found something that you dearly love, you’re never without something to do,” Lamb said.
Having that extra hour of light can throw some of us off but after seven decades in the business, it’s not an issue for Lamb, he said.
But if you do have trouble getting up next week, Morton Plant Mease Sleep Specialist Lisa Whims-Squires says there’s a biological reason.
“Our internal clock is set…now we’re changing the time on you so it is much more difficult, our body is out of sync,” Whims-Squires said.
Pete’s business partner and expert clock repair man Scott Sando says even he has had issues with the change in the past.
“I’ll come in Monday (and say) what’s wrong? And I’ll have to turn them an hour ahead of time!”
So even if you use your phone to keep time, or you check the clock on the wall, take solace in the fact that daylight saving time can even mess with the clockmakers.