Central vs. Eastern

Be warned. This is a post complaining about the Eastern time zone. If you have a problem with this, please close your browser.

After spending our entire lives in Central Time, the transition to Eastern has been weird. Let’s be honest – humans are smart and we are able to adjust relatively quickly to any time zone we are in. So no big deal, right? But there are just a few things that have REALLY bugged us about moving from the eastern edge of Central Time to the western edge of Eastern Time. Trust me…it’s WEIRD.

#1 It is still pitch black at 7:15 a.m. No joke. In Nashville, I was perfectly accustomed to getting up in the dark to go work out. But LEAVING my workout in the dark? Never. No time of year did this happen. Here, I see people walking into office buildings as I drive home at 7:15 and it is PITCH BLACK OUT. Inhumane.

7am

{proof from this morning}

#2 Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. This is just cruel. Jeopardy is supposed to be a “when you get home from work” thing. Not a “I’m settling in for the night” thing.

Along this same vein…

#3 Prime time doesn’t end until 11:00 p.m. AND Jimmy Fallon starts at 12:35. I’m sorry, I’m a grandma. These times are just impossible for me.

#4 Pacific time is THREE HOURS away. This basically guarantees that the only way we will be visiting the west coast is if we can take a full 4-5 days. Not like a weekend trip was easy from Nashville, either, but I don’t know…three hours just sounds like so much more than two hours.

#5 Our loved ones are in a different time zone, and often aren’t sure what time it is where we live (sorry families, but it’s true). Not only can I not call family or friends on my way home from work, they cannot all me past 9:00 their time (as I said earlier, I’m a grandma, I know, I’m fine with this).

But finally, I will give Eastern Time one advantage: This is the time zone people work on. It’s true. New York City time rules ALL time in this country. I haven’t noticed this that much in my day-to-day, but knowing it’s true at least makes me feel a little cooler.

Phew, okay, enough griping for today. Thanks for listening. Are strangely bothered by things that really do NOT matter in the grand scheme of things? What are they??

2 thoughts on “Central vs. Eastern

  1. Hi, I live in England and we were only discussing the other day what it must be like to live in a country with multiple time zones – thanks for your account – I am really fascinated by how it is all managed. We have difficulty enough crossing the North Sea to Europe, an obvious boundary and only a ‘one hour’ time difference!! Agnes

  2. I am in complete agreement! This is my fifth year on eastern time, and I miss central time daily. The fact that the nightly news is on at 11 instead of 10 bugs me to my core, and I can’t stay up to watch “primetime” tv that comes on at 10!!! Glad I’m not the only one who realizes how absurd this is…however, I’m on the coast so at least I don’t have the 7:15 am darkness problem…

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