Saturday, August 26, 2006

If I rise on the wings of the dawn
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
Ps 39.9-10

He who goes out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.
Ps 12.6

Friday, August 25, 2006

Time Zones 202

My last course in time zones turned out to be too advanced, i.e. rather confusing to some people. I struggled with it, because my dad said he understood it completely. But then again, this is the man who is going to buy me dehydrated water! Anyway, the above is a clock that will display the local time in China. A couple things to remember are 1) all of China has one time zone. 2) The easiest way to figure out what time it is in China is to switch am/pm and then add three hours (for Pacific time zone). 3) It's probably tomorrow in China. Hope this helps!

a little poetry...

If you're heading out there, I'll give you a tip:
It's wild, and it's rough, and you're in for a trip.
But just when you think it couldn't get rougher
The path gets steep and the going gets tougher.
But once you're headed this far off the track,
you won't settle for less,
and there's no going back.

Time Zones 101

What time is it in China? The first and most interesting thing to know about time in China is they do not have any time zones. From Shanghai to Tibet, all across the country, it's the same time as in Beijing, the capital. This is very much a reflection of typical Chinese thinking: it's more important to be in synch with each other than the sun.

China is fifteen hours ahead of time on the west coast in summer, and sixteen hours ahead during daylight savings time. So if it's 8pm on a summer night on the west coast, fast-forward yourself twelve hours (8am) and add three hours: it's 11am tomorrow in China. In the winter, add four hours: it's 12 noon in China. So take a minute and think: if it's winter in Oregon and it's 3pm, what time is it in China?

That's right, it's 7am, tomorrow. So if you call me you can talk to the future! A good rule of thumb is if it's after 8am (winter) or 9am (summer), it's already tomorrow in China.

Why stress the point? Because I want to hear from you! I am going to need regular doses of left coast logic, and it's actually cheaper for you to call me from the US than for me to call you. We can pre-plan times to call, but I know I will cherish a suprise call from a friend as well! I don't want anyone worrying about waking me up while I'm sleeping.

If you're still confused, don't stress. Just Google "what time is it in Beijing" and find a web page with a real-time clock, and bookmark it. Also, check your cell phone! Mine actually has a World Clock in it, and I can get the time anywhere in the world! Generally your evenings will be my mornings and vice versa, so we can work things out fairly easily. Let's keep in touch!

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