Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Time Zone Question

So, here's a puzzle:

If it's your birthday on . . . oh, I don't know, let's say April 11 - just for shits and giggles - but you're in another country, when can you start celebrating?

Is it your birthday at midnight local time, where ever you are in the world? Or is it just your birthday once midnight hits your home time zone? Would it matter if the birthday boy in question is only temporarily stationed outside his normal time zone?

Can he squeeze a longer-than-24-hour birthday out of this, starting at midnight Vienna time and ending at midnight Central Daylight Time? Hell, for that matter, could he use Central Standard Time and wrest another hour out of the deal?

Just wondering.

Happy birthday, Electricyoak.


Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

If it were me, I would use it as an excuse to drink longer.

But that is just me. And I'm kind of a lush.

stefanierj said...

The rule is always, always, always to use time zones and travel to milk as many possible hours out of your birthday as possible.

I once crossed a time zone on my birthday and seriously considered going for another just to crank the numbers from 25 hours to 26. But I'm a dork like that.

E :) said...

I have personal experience with this. When living in Washington DC, my birthday began in my home city Brisbane, Australia, at 10am on 21 August. It ended 38 hours later in terms of Washington DC time at the end of on 22 August. I saw no reason why I couldn't celebrate the whole time. After all, I'd paid for the airfare. Or someone else did. But whatever.

Celebrate away!

Just make sure that you never leave the day before your birthday if you're planning a trip to Australia from Washington DC. If you do, that day will never, ever exist in your world. You will miss it completely.

Devra said...

My birthday is on April 11th. I had no idea Vienna was on a different time zone than the rest of Northern Virginia. Is Vienna ahead or behind Centreville?

Seems I may be observing my b-day differently next year. Was I cheated out of some b-day time?????