October 25, 2003

A Time for Every Zone Under Heaven

So the last Sunday in October is tomorrow, which means that in a little over 24 hours most folks in the U.S. will be turning their clocks back an hour as Daylight Savings Time ends (of course, for our Australian friends, Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday).

Most folks. I'm not included in that. You see, I live in Indiana. We stay on Eastern Standard Time 365 days a year. Which means that at this very moment I have the same time as Jennifer, Blackfive and Harvey. On Sunday, however, I will have the same time as Ted, Victor and SilverBlue without my having to do a single thing. They do all the work, and I shift time zones. Cool, huh?

Except it gets kind of confusing around Prime Time, because when the rest of the country changes time, the TV schedule changes too...That seven o'clock sit-com? comes on at eight now. Letterman? 11:30 instead of 10:30. And just when you get used to watching the late local news at eleven pm, what happens? Daylight Savings again, everywhere else, and the now the news comes on again at ten.

Every year some state senator or representative in Indianapolis tries to pass a bill to get Indiana to follow Daylight Savings, and every year it never gets out of committee because nobody can agree which time zone we belong in. It's kind of like watching a revolving door going around, and you can't decide whether to get into the space with the old grumpy woman or the one with the scary-looking hippie...so you watch the revolving door keep going, and just stand there, while everyone else goes by.

And then you go home and try and remember what time Letterman comes on.

Posted by Susie at October 25, 2003 12:45 AM | TrackBack

I can sympathize . . . I used to live in Arizona, where DST is also not observed. Of course, in Phoenix, where it's over 100 six months out of the year, you really don't need an extra hour of "daylight" in the summer.

Posted by: ilyka at October 25, 2003 03:20 AM

Uh, now just where is Indiana again?

Posted by: Tiger at October 25, 2003 11:16 AM

Living in Indiana, I like not having to change my clocks. I think it makes us a little special, and since we have so little to be proud of (other than Shelly Long, of course), we deserve our current place in time.

Did you know that people in Ohio are jealous of us because we don't have to change our clocks? They are possibly even angry about it. I must assume they are pissed at Indiana residents for something, because quite often, when I drive through Ohio, or encounter an Ohio driver here in Indiana, they almost always try to sabotage my path... by going 15 m.p.h. under a safe speed, or by trying to run me off the road, or by swerving from lane to lane, or by just driving badly overall. It's very similar to that dangerous passive-aggressive-like road rage that is usually perpetrated by cell phone users.

Anyway, I don't want to have to change my clock. I don't want to have to wake up when it is dark outside any more than is currently prescribed. Now, if some vote seeking bureaucrat wants to squeeze an official day in-between Saturday and Sunday and call it Sleep-in-day, I’m all for it, as long as future generations of Ohio residents can keep the "sleeping-in" concept out of the drivers seat.


Posted by: PK at October 25, 2003 11:43 AM

Arizona really need to observe DST during the summer between April and October. To assure that they'll have a good taste of having daylight/twilight later in the evening if the government allow to use DST which means still on the MST. However, since Arizona do not observe DST which means they are on California time (PST) will get dark early and California will still have daylight a little while longer. If Arizonas were smart enough, they can tell the local government to move the clock 1 hour foward and still be on MST, not on PST. The Indian Reservation do observe daylight savings is on MST and the rest of the state is on PST. You may want to check on www.sunrisesunset.com and most of USA have daylight after 8pm. Best if the people in the state of Arizona to persuade the government or vote.

Posted by: Dave at November 25, 2003 09:50 PM

Maybe Einstein was right that "time is relative." I didn't know that about Indiana...a very entertaining piece!

Posted by: Denny at April 22, 2004 12:16 PM
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