Time Zones

One of the more disconcerting things about travel is keeping track of what time it is where you are. Now, since I’m based in London for the present you might think that wouldn’t be such a problem for me, but there’s still stuff going on back in the U.S. that I’m keeping track of, so it’s something that I still think about. After being here for a few weeks, I’ve got a good handle on it, but this Sunday, they’re throwing me a curve. Apparently the U.S. and the E.U. change back from Daylight Savings Time at different times. The E.U. falls back this coming Sunday, while the U.S. doesn’t until Sunday week (if I remember correctly this difference is the result of some hare-brained scheme our illustrious representatives conceived to extend Daylight Savings this year based on pseudo-scientific claims that it would reduce our energy needs.) Anyway, next week that means that instead of being 6 hours ahead of home (Central time), I’ll only be 5 hours ahead, and then have to switch back the following week. It’s not much, but it’s still irritating. At least the first few World Series games will start at midnight instead of 1 A.M.

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One Response

  1. This particular problem predates the most recent change to DST in the US. When I worked in a team that was based in Houston and London, our teleconferences always got screwy during these weeks. Since they were scheduled based on local time in London, not on GMT, we in Houston always were the ones to suffer.

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