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SoCal Time Zone

John Turnbull

Posted on September 23, 2018 14:38

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Greater LA/San Diego needs a separate time zone

I won't pretend to understand the demarkation lines of time zones. Who decided where it switches from MST to PST? And what's with Daylight Savings Time? Scrap that experiment altogether. But if we do need a new separate time zone, Southern California is the forerunner.

Why? Simple: the freeways. Anyone who has ever tried to navigate those bumpy bumper-to-bumper atrocities knows what I'm talking about. Ask Siri, type in your address to Google maps, head out and follow the robotic lady to your destination. But add an hour. If it says the drive is 2 hours, it's three. Three? Four to four and-a-half. Waiting for someone for a meeting? Add an hour (note: this goes up in 15 minute increments in accordance to your meeting partner's perceived celebrity status).

Anywhere you go in SoCal, apply this formula. Guaranteed. That's why it should have it's own time zone, time of travel + 1. Call it SCAOHST (Southern California Add One Hour Standard Time).

Why is this exactly? Sure the congestion of people is epic, that always slows things down, and it's amazing what tourists will slow down to rubber-neck at, like billboards.

Construction? Sure. But no. Most of the construction is done late at night, they really have no choice. Of course, there's 14 miles of traffic cones laid out, eating up a lane, and no visible sight of any roadwork. I get that they're raising awareness of road repair, but perhaps cone off only a 2 mile stretch, get that done and add more cones when you near that phase of completion. I tell you, if I was starting a business down there, it's be traffic cone manufacturer.

Merging? Yes, you are constrantly shifting left to avoid the myriad turnpikes, all the while being aware of that douche in the porsche merging into your lane while texting. But that's still not the explanation.

The fact is, there isn't an explanation. At least not one that I could ascertain or apply any logic to. No matter the time of day (+1 hour), traffic comes to a complete dead-stop halt on the freeways, usually about every 20 minutes. No accident, no merge, no construction, it just does. This phenonenom will keep scientists baffled for eternity. Just accept it, apply SCAOHST and you might not go crazy.

Greater LA is full of beautiful people, beautiful scenery, beautiful bud, beautiful dreams... and terrible roads.

John Turnbull

Posted on September 23, 2018 14:38

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