Saturday, January 31, 2009

What time is it?


There is this certain little, special thing about living in Smalltownland. A certain something that affects every millisecond of our days here. Smalltownland actually sits right next to the time line that divides the central and eastern time zones. Now, I know what you are thinking. If Smalltownland sits inside the central time zone then, what's the big deal?

The big deal is this......Smalltownland is really, really small. Quite scenic and incredibly historic, but nevertheless small. If you happened to be employed in either the educational or medical field, then you are okay. Otherwise, you must leave the area in search of a job. Thus, we have multitudes of people who live in the central time zone, but work in the eastern time zone. Quite frankly, this leads to confusion. Some folks, who work in the eastern time zone, just like to keep their clocks on eastern time, even though they live in the central time zone. And, vice versa. Confused yet? Keep reading.....

So, the people of Smalltownland have devised a few vocabulary terms to solve this problem.

Slow time - the time on your clock if you live in the central time zone.

Fast time - the time on your clock if you live in the eastern time zone.

County time - this also means central time or slow time

Thus, if you write out your daughter's birthday party invitations you must specify "fast time" or "slow time". If you make an appointment at your local hair salon you need to ask, "fast time" or "slow time". Because, living in the central time zone does not, in any way, automatically mean that you observe central time.

I know this all sounds a bit crazy, but after you live here for a little while you just get used to it. When I first moved here, I used the terms central and eastern time. And, no one knew what I was talking about. I had to learn to use the vernacular terms, fast and slow time.

If you are not totally confused, we actually have some people in our county who do not change their clocks in the fall or spring. So, in actuality they observe central time for part of the year and eastern time for the other part of the year. I find that so confusing it makes my brain hurt.

6 comments:

  1. Rico and I both work on slow time yet we live on fast time at home.
    Life is so much better on fast time.

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  2. Amazing! I never thought about a scenario like this but I can see how it would happen. I'd like to stay on daylight savings time all year which would really mess it up.

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  3. I work on slow time and Secret Agent Man works on fast time. However, we use fast time in the home. You get so used to the situation you just don't think twice about it.

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  4. My uncle commuted across the timeline from northwest of the base for forty years, going from Central to Eastern time. He said he wasn't going to miss getting up at 4 a.m. to do the chores and leave by 6- to make it down there by 8 "fast time". (He traveled almost 70 miles, versus fiftyish for SAM, so it took a little longer.)

    Students at our "slow time" locations for the community college are fascinated by two things: I know about Ski AND "county time". Glad they appreciate the value of true knowledge, eh? Makes all that grad school debt worth it.

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  5. Good grief! My brain hurts just reading about it.

    We live in slow time here, but wouldn't mind experiencing some fast time occasionally. :)

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  6. Slow time fast time-now that is a hoot! And I agree with the previous commenter-it makes my brain hurt :)

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