Morning Chai: Jogging Act of War, Destroy Time Zones, Grizzled Hobby Veterans and More

On my mind: Today I am guest teaching my high school’s Middle East class. When I was in high school Israel-Palestine would have been issues #1, #2 and #3, now it may not crack the top 5.

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  • Shannon

    can you put the class on YouTube? I would like to be your student for once at least:)

  • P T

    The period story makes me ill.

    I’ll join with Mr. Mondale in his fight against mining in the BWCA. I’ve been twice, the first being in 1976. My now hubby and I went canoeing, portaging, and camping in the BWCA in 1989 for ten days. By ourselves. Our first night out a bear destroyed our “bear proof pack” which was hung on a very high tree branch, as every camper there is told to do, and ate all of our food. Now what? We are in the middle of nowhere, with a bear in our camp, and no food for ten days. Our outfitter was picking us up at the appointed spot in ten days. This was before cell phones.

    We mooched food from the rare canoer we encountered and ate fish we caught. We lost a lot of weight and came out of there in the best shape we’ve ever been. If we had had to carry our drinking water along with our canoe and gear over all those portages instead of being able to drink right from the lakes I don’t think we would have made it to the pick up point on schedule.

    Since then we have been to 76 countries and seven continents and that BWCA trip remains our favorite. Don’t ruin the BWCA!

  • DaveS

    I’m sure they have their counter arguments, but getting rid of time zones seems to me solve one problem to create another. Today I know London is six hours ahead of me or Hawaii is four hours behind me (for example). If I’m doing business with those places, I can do the math. If everyone has the same time zone, I then will have to figure out what their business hours are, and they will differ widely, because in general people will always want to do business by day and sleep by night. So I will have to keep track of it that my business day is 2:00-11:00, while Honolulu’s is 22:00 on the previous day to 7:00, while New Zealand’s overlaps onto the next day. So there’s just as much to keep track of, except the math is more complicated and business days in some places will actually overlap calendar days adding layers of confusion. It’s never going to happen, fortunately.

    And I don’t want my birthday to always fall on a Monday either.

  • @Dave S – great point on the birthday! The time zones that really through me at the 30 minute like India and Newfoundland, and then Nepal at 45 minutes is really mind-bending. In my old job scheduling anything for India took mental exercise for everyone.