Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall back!

Britney does her part to get the word out.

Still busy. And unlike most of the rest of the United States, we in the Aloha State did not get an extra hour to sleep in, do our work, or otherwise procrastinate by watching the Hulu.

When I was living in Seoul nearly full time, daylight saving(s) time, mostly meant one thing: Every fall my mother would go from calling me at three o'clock in the morning to calling me at four o'clock in the morning, and every spring she would switch back to three o'clock.

Hillary Clinton once wondered how then-Senator Barack Obama would handle the 3 a.m. phone call. Kushibo handled it by groggily telling his mum to please learn the difference between a.m. and p.m. The "seventeen hours' difference" thing threw her off; I told her to just guess what time it was seven/eight hours ago and then add a day, and that's where I am.

Anyway, with the rest of the nation switching back to standard time, it will make it a little easier to call the East Coast of the US: They're now five hours ahead instead of six, and that means there's a larger window of time to do business with them after I get up in the morning.

It is sort of weird that out here in Hawaii, we're closer in time to Korea and Japan (essentially five hours' difference) than New York City, Washington DC, and the rest of the I-95 corridor for over half the year.

Anyway, fall back, as of 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, November 6 (the first Sunday in November). You won't need to spring forward (and give that hour back) until 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 11, 2012 (the second Sunday in March).

By the way, as I've reported before (here, here, and here), there has been some consideration given to Korea going on DST for half the year, but it is very unlikely to happen unless Japan agrees to do so as well. Unless the three parts of the United States closest to Korea and Japan and where Koreans and Japanese are likely to travel — Guam, Saipan, and Hawaii — also go on daylight saving time, it seems less likely it will happen.

Hawaii, incidentally, has given mulling over going on Daylight Losing Time.

above: Adjusting for Daylight Saving Time in England.
(recycled not-all-that-funny-the-first-time gag from here)

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