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Would the United States be better off with only one time zone? November 1, 2006

Posted by sk in Blogroll, Just Posts, Love Them, National, Time Zones: Know Them.

The clocks went back on Sunday, which meant an extra, delicious, guiltless hour in bed. Every year I dream of a world where the clocks go back every day. Of course, that would create trouble, notably that in two weeks’ time I’d be waking up after sunset. So, I toe the line and put the clocks back only once a year, and—sigh—put them forward again in the spring.

My annual inner monologue suggests two reasons to get up in the morning and go to bed at night: first, to enjoy the sunshine, and second, because that is what everybody else does. But what if the two imperatives collide? What matters more, waking up at the same time as everyone else or waking up with the sun? It might sound like a daft question, but not if you’re a Hong Kong-based journalist filing for a London-based newspaper or a financial analyst in Silicon Valley who needs to be awake when the market opens on Wall Street at 6.30 a.m. Pacific Time.


Interesting article!! What do you guys think? I’ve never had to wake up an hour earlier one summer day (to be at work at the same time as the previous day) yet, but I’m sure I will have to, in the future. Of course, this article looks at Daylight Savings from a  more global perspective, but what do you personally think?