Sunday, September 17, 2006

An Encore: What Time Is It?

For some reason, I have a map of the US Time Zones. It's pretty large, and neatly folded. I don't remember buying it, and I'm not sure how it got in my closet. But it fell off the shelf when I was looking for something totally unrelated.

Anyway, I was looking at it, and I was wondering about something: the borders of the time zones are illustrated in distinct color patterns, and they are fairly clearly defined. What I was wondering is, how small an area actually separates the zones? Are there places in the US where one side of the street it's 8 PM and you go across the street and it's 7 PM?

How cool would this be? You miss a TV program that you wanted to see. You get home as it ends at 9, and you're all mad that you missed it. But wait! It's 9 in my house, but it's only 8 at Larry's across the street! You could run over and bust in, commandeer his TV set, and watch your program! Happy Happy Joy Joy!

And this coolness doesn't have to be limited to something as trite as a TV program. No, you could make some serious use of this time-advantage. Look: you roll over in bed, it's 8:30 AM. Dammit, you're an hour late for work now! But no! Again, it's over to Larry's! Jump in bed, roll's 7:30! You've got plenty of time! And if Larry is a congenial neighbor, he won't kill you for being in bed when his wife is there, and hell, you have time for a leisurely breakfast to boot.

Of course, if you live on one side of the zone, and your job is on the other side of the zone, and you're me, you'd be out of work in no time, because you'd never figure out what time you have to get up and go.

I actually do have too much time on my hands


  1. You can probably use that excuse for a date, too..."Sorry, honey--when you said 8:00, I thought you meant Central Time! Oops! lol.

    As always, great and funny post.

    Annie =)

    btw, you still posting on AOL?

  2. LOL!

    If you have too much time on your hands now, I wouldn't suggest visiting "Larry" anytime soon ;)

  3. This is just too funny! Leave it to you to think about this. HOWEVER...there is some sense to it. One time I was sitting in my nifty Firebird at a red light. It was raining on the front end of my car, so I had to turn on the windshield wipers. BUT, it was not raining at all on the back of my car. Not a single drop. It felt Twilight Zone-ish.

    Give Larry a squeeze for me. ::grin::


  4. Tammy9:32 AM

    Jimmy! It's good to read you again friend! Tammy (memes121)

  5. Hee hee....I have to go and think about this...Can confuse the blonde ya know!


  6. cassie7:58 PM

    my school elem-hs was in a different time zone half the yr id get to school at 9am my time 8 theirs, they would say 8 school time 9 ohio time, but i lived in indiana, so i guess i drove past that line your referring to everyday!!!

  7. Didn't you write this a long time ago? Either that or I am having a major case of dejavu. Either way it's awesome and too funny.

    I have made quite a few people think they were majorly late for a flight because I forgot the time zone switch. : x

    Hope alls well!


  8. Anonymous9:13 PM

    For some reason this entry reminds me of my second marriage proposal...I was half in Louisiana and half in Texas...on a bridge..on the state line in 5 pm traffic. And people wonder why I said yes? I was scared for my life!



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