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24 Oct 97

Tired or Wired in D.C.?

We meet at school at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday night/Sunday morning and fly to Washington D.C. three time zones away. That night we also turn our clocks back to end Daylight Savings Time. (Fortunately, if you forget to fall back you will arrive at school early not late.) *Whew* That's a lot of time changes for one day! How many hours will we gain or lose total? Will we arrive in D.C. tired or wired? We take off from Santa Barbara at 6:20 a.m. just as the sun is rising. As we fly east, will our sunrise be longer or shorter than normal?

Because of last minute flight changes, we missed the sunrise and didn't get to our hotel rooms until 11:00 p.m. Washington Time. But our clocks were still set to California Time 3 hours earlier, and our bodies were still on Daylight Savings Time an hour before that, so it didn't feel late. Coming back was another story. We landed in Santa Barbara at 5:20 p.m. (SB Time), but we lost 3 hours chasing the sun around the curve of the Earth, and it felt much later. I'm still falling asleep too early and getting up too early. Time and travel would be much easier if the Earth were flat!

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