Wednesday, May 11, 2011

T is for Time Zones....Just wondering...

Here’s a topic for the letter “T” that’s quite unusual. It’s just a question really, but I’ve never heard it asked before and yet it’s something I’ve always wondered about. Since this challenge has brought me to topics I wouldn’t ordinarily discuss, I figured this is the perfect place to bring it up.

T is for Time Zones

Okay, so here’s the situation: the world is made up of time zones, according to longitude. Every 15 degrees, I believe, is an hour’s difference in time. The mainland United States is made up of four of them: Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific. Now I’m absolutely sure that there must be many people both in the US and around the world that live close to the lines that separates the time zones and so I’ve often wondered what it must be like.

Imagine living in one time zone and working in another. Or visiting places like movie theaters, nightclubs or concert halls where events are run at certain times. What about having friends or relatives across time zone lines? I would imagine it can be quite confusing or at least a pain in the neck in many circumstances. I know it’s bad enough when we change the clocks twice a year for Daylight Savings Time, so I couldn’t imagine what it must be like to live in such a situation each and every day.

I’m really surprised I’ve never heard it talked about anywhere before, as a human interest news item or something. If you or anyone you know has had or is living this experience, I’d love to hear from you, along with any tidbits you could throw out there. I’m just wondering…

1 comment:

  1. What about daylight savings there is places that don't do that near the equator