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Two Time Zones and no DST for the US?

Since 1883, the United States has followed a time system that involved 4 time zones. To top that off, consider the challenges that Daylight Savings Time (DST) poses. With gaining an hour of time for DST this evening, I thought I would do some investigation on what other ideas there were as to the structure of times zones.

As far as DST, I am against changing the clocks at all. Why mess with time? Not only do you lose an hour and a good nights sleep in the spring but, even thought a majority of the country changes clocks, there are a few rare cases (such as a few counties in Indiana and most of Arizona) that are except from the change. On the other hand regarding time zones, I feel that there are definite challenges having 4 different zones in one country.

Economist Allison Allison Schrager has argued that having the four time zones is not realistic. She promotes the idea of only two time zones and not following DST. With only two times zones, an article she has written supporting this change provides benefits such as – no jet lag when flying from one side of the country to the other and businesses would function better (there would be less of a time constraint).

I think because of the 4 time zones there is too much effort spend trying to accommodate all areas of the country. Personally, I work for a company that has business needs in multiple times zones. One example would be the Eastern Time Zone (EST) that is one hour ahead of our location. For what might be a normal beginning meeting time of 4 p.m. to workers in Central Standard time, is now a 5 p.m. meeting for a counterpart in Atlanta, GA and can hinder time with family, or make dinner times later. Additional examples would be when you think of broadcasting times and how television stations schedule to get the most people to watch an episode of a Primetime television show.

As for eliminating DST, I would argue that this would do away with the need to have the accuracy of auto programming devises for DST and also devices that are programmed by satellite that change would no long need the change would make for a more stable environment.

Just for the sake of argument, I have saved this blog as a draft and my plan is to post this blog at 2am, when the change tonight is supposed to occur to see how the internet timing is reflected.

“Wanna go to India?”

In April of 2013, I was asked “Wanna go to India?” Now, I can imagine what is rolling through some of your minds right now… Some of you are thinking,

  • What is in India?
  • What would you eat?
  • It is dirty!
  • For how long?

While others of you are thinking,

  • What a great opportunity!
  • Great food!
  • So much to see!
  • The cultural experience would be awesome!

Well, trust me, when I was asked to go, I thought all of those things myself. 

My initial reaction was that I was a student and I had heard that internet accessibility was not the greatest, and remembered that I am not a fan of Indian cuisine… and how would native people react to me being in India?

I have a lot of friends that I consider world travelers and have visited so many places and experienced so many cultures but I had not yet had the opportunity to do so. They were telling me about all of the things I would need to bring – nets for sleeping, gallons of bug spray, small packages of American snacks —  in preparation.  Which honestly, made me a little more worried to go!Not to mention the scary names on the shots I would have to get at the travel clinic.

Working things out with school, I went. The travel was long (about 24 hours was the shortest route I could find). On the packed fights, were interesting people to chat with and hear their travel plans. Upon arriving to Bangalore, the airport was full of chaos- long security lines, few people that spoke English, security guards with machine guns, and the list goes on…

The travel to the hostile that I stayed in was a bit depressing. A late night drive through downtown where people were sleeping on cardboard boxes and had a few branches nuzzled together for a pillow, people begging at the car doors without fingers, stores that looked tattered and dirty with the dust that was picking up and blowing from the streets.  This was reality for the days to come.

I stayed in Bangalore to two weeks. Much to my dismay, I loved every little bit- congestion, traffic and horns, seeing how others live. I went, I tasted some amazing food, and I met a whole new network of peers and friends. Even though this is the actuality of Bangalore and there were some pretty disheartening things that I experienced, there were some very beautiful parts of my trip. I got to see temples, become associated with the game of Cricket, went to some authentic stores (even though the population there really enjoys their American stores in the Malls), and even food that I could not live without and everyone should try (Masala Dosa)!

Masala Dosa
Masala Dosa

I encourage anyone who has the opportunity, whether for work or play, to travel to India. It is a fascinating place to explore. As we have all heard before, “the world is your oyster”. Make the most of what we are give and experience all that you can. Whether you are five or fifty years old, you should take the time to explore. I took the time to be mesmerized by my findings while I was in India and I think you would be fascinated as well. This is just the just the beginning of my adventures to come and this has only got me started.

Food distribution
Food distribution

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