What time is it out there?

I’ve had a few people ask me questions about time zones.   Not questions about which time zone I am in (clearly Pacific time people), but real questions related to time zones.

For instance: What time do TV shows come on in California?

The answer is:  The same clock-time as they do on the East coast.  Prime-time television just plays three hours later here in “real time” than in the Eastern time zone.

Yes, we still watch Modern Family at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.  (Truth be told … we probably don’t watch it live, but it is first recorded by our DVR at that time.)  That means those of you in Florida will already know who starts the first fight on The Real Housewives of Atlanta premiere on Sunday before we do here in California.

However, there are differences when it comes to live-event programming.  For instance, West Coasterners (made that up) don’t have to stay up until the wee hours of the night to watch the end of a football game or the end of a debate.  Events that have an outcome, or are more pressing for a first view, are played at the same “real time” on both coasts.  Our first college football game of the morning on Saturday airs here at 9 a.m., while it airs on the East coast at noon.  That means we are all seeing the same live programming at the same time.

  • Benefit for us:  We don’t have to wait up past our bedtime to see the end of live-event programming.
  • Drawback for us:  We do have to begin tailgating even earlier on a Saturday to fit in a couple rounds of corn hole before a football game actually starts.

There hasn’t been much of an adjustment to living in Pacific time, however it does become apparent that there are some differences when chatting with friends and family back home.  I get some lunchbreak calls from friends who are halfway through their workday, while I’m still in my pajamas looking for jobs online and/or playing on Pinterest.

I think we can all agree that the best thing about time zones and time changes is when you get to steal an extra hour and enjoy it on the weekend.  This weekend marks the end of Daylight Savings Time, so we will fall back to Daylight Standard Time.  Did you know that the Federal Government does not require states to participate in this practice, and Arizona and Hawaii do not change their clocks?  There is probably only one time a year when the residents of those states actually care that they don’t have time changes, and that would be this weekend when we all get to sleep an extra hour.

Speaking of the Pacific coast, take a look at the following photo of the Old Pacific Coast Stock Exchange building, which now houses a gym that I tried out this week.

Don’t forget to fall back!

Equinox
This gorgeous columned building houses the Equinox gym.
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