Last week, I was attempting to be thoughtful and texted my handsome boyfriend at 3pm, knowing that the baseball game where he was working was starting at 2pm in Nebraska. I was quite pleased with myself for taking the time difference into account.
Excuse me!? What!? I had looked up the time online and very specifically made sure that I was texting at the correct time.
I was positive that I was right.
Then it happened again, my friends. I learned something new about our fine country and its lines and zones.
You see, even though the game was being played in the Central Time Zone, it was listed in Eastern Time online. This absolutely bewildered me, as you can imagine, so I did some research on the always-accurate Wikipedia.
I found out that Eastern Time is used as a standard for the United States because it includes the capital (Washington, D.C.), the largest city (New York, NY), and more than half of the US population! News organizations report events happening in Eastern Time, even if they occurred in another time zone, and television listings are almost always listed in EST.
Wikipedia explains, “Major professional sports leagues also post all game times in Eastern time, even if both teams are from the same time zone, outside of Eastern Time. For example a game time between two teams from Pacific Time Zone will still be posted in Eastern time (for example, one may see “Seattle at Los Angeles” with “10:00 pm” posted as the start time for the game, often without even clarifying the time is posted in Eastern time).”
It is still puzzling to me, but maybe it is because I am one of them: an Eastern Time snob.