Saving Daylight

The call with a friend/project collaborator was scheduled for 10pm (Malaysian time). It’s not my style to schedule calls that late into the night as I think I should stop work when it is past dinner time. But the problem was, we were 12 hours apart.
D is a friend of mine for about more than a year now. He’s also one of the most active people I know on Ryze. And he runs not one, but two networks on Ryze. They’re wildly popular because the discussions are business-oriented and many ideas are just sparked off there. This financial consultant turned blog consultant is also a networking “guru” in his area. And to think this guy, in his late 20s, calls himself one of the most introverted people around. Humility? Maybe.
And he also lives in Washington DC. 12 hours apart. If it is 10pm here, it is 10am over there.
With technology surrounding us, it would be no prob collaborating on a project together. That we concluded as much.
But the part which I forgot was the daylight saving in his area.
Here’s what I picked up from WebExhibits on this issue. It notes that “if you live near the equator, day and night are nearly the same length (12 hours). But elsewhere on Earth, there is much more daylight in the summer than in the winter. The closer you live to the North or South Pole, the longer the period of daylight in the Summer. Thus, Daylight Saving Time (Summer Time) is usually not helpful in the tropics, and countries near the equator generally do not change their clocks.”
So this means during Daylight Saving Time or DST, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. In the US, this starts at 2 am on the first Sunday of April and comes back to regular or standard time at 2am on the last Sunday of October. Because the US is huge, each time zone switches at a different time. It’s not only the US which is using DST. I found out that at least 70 countries in the world use DST.
In that sense, I am glad I live near the Equator. Equal hours of night and day. The oddest thing, well, in my call was that I forgot about DST. Grumpily waiting, I was thinking: where the heck is he? Decided to check on the world time and then it dawned on me that his time was one hour behind mine. So I ended up finally talking to him at midnight, my time, plus and minus some technological setbacks (from Yahoo to MSN and finally onto Skype). MSN and Yahoo were hopeless. Skype worked but not too well but still better than the first two.
Anyway, the morale of the story is: it really is a global village these days and you can call and talk to anyone (client, friend, relatives) as you please but do not forget time zones and the all important DST.
I thought DST was just a time thing. Not true. Time affects humans. Some good, others bad. In 1999, terrorists bombed themselves up instead of civilians because they forgot it was DST (real story and not a joke). DST also meant that beer-drinkers were upset that their fave bars closed earlier than usual (this caused a riot – combination of drunks and early bar closing must’ve riled them up a lot!).
Now aren’t you glad we live near the Equator?

5 thoughts on “Saving Daylight”

  1. yeap back. sanoook makkk..pom chop paris mak makkk. pom kor pai prague. pom pai budapest lae vienna duay. tii france, pom pai lyon lae prathet burgundy. emmm, nto really that cold in paris, estern europe colder, but still oklar….u hv nic to hug hug marr…

  2. I normally conference call with my partner/client in Australia too and I remember being late twice because I didn;t understand what daylight saving was. He repeated it to me and I said…”Oh yeah…that! Fabulous” and went on like nothing happened.
    And then the next meeting, I was late again and I asked about the time there again and once again, he told me they had this daylight saving thing there. I must sound like such a baffoon!!
    I thought daylight saving was something like…you know….using solar power or something. 🙂 ha ha ha!!!
    Should have read this blog sooner.

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