Does ANYBODY Know What Time It Is? (When the nearby Time Zone Boundary Line confuses your clocks…)

Does ANYBODY Know What Time It Is? (When the nearby Time Zone Boundary Line confuses your clocks…)

Interstate 24, which runs from Chattanooga to the southwest, is a NIGHTMARE. We avoid it at all costs. It’s a major transportation route for trucks (as well as cars) and it’s frequently bumper to bumper. Also, there are lots of accidents on that freeway. Interstate 59 isn’t much better.

I would rather add time to my trip than risk my life on those roads. Luckily, we have two routes we can take to get to Chattanooga from Trenton, and neither one involves getting on an interstate.

Our favorite route is the one that takes us on a deeply wooded, winding, beautiful, two-lane country road. When we take this route, we go from Georgia, to Tennessee, and back into Georgia, and then back into Tennessee. It’s a REALLY winding road!

The other route is almost as nice, but it’s about 10 minutes faster. We use that one when we’re pressed for time.

We go to Chattanooga a LOT because that’s the closest “big city.” Mason’s theater activities are there, along with our guitar lessons. Also, if we need anything other than groceries, we have to go to the “big city.”

Here’s the problem. We live 10 MINUTES from the Time Zone Boundary Line that borders Georgia and Alabama.

When we first moved here, a contractor who was coming at a certain time of day asked me, “Eastern or Central?” Duh, dude! Eastern…

It didn’t take me long to figure out why he asked me that. Lots of people here live in one time zone, and work in another.

In fact, we are so close to the line that the clocks in our vehicles, as well as our iphones, can’t keep up. Seriously. We NEVER know what time it really is!! My Jeep will quickly switch back and forth, from Eastern to Central and back again…but only when I’m not looking. Our iphones do the same thing. Our laptops always give the right time but nothing else does. It’s really, really weird!

Max, who moved from Florida to Georgia last week after graduating form welding school, has asked me a dozen times in the past week, “Mom, what time is it?”

When I’m not on my laptop, my answer is always the same. “I have NO idea…”

I finally broke down yesterday, and bought a wind-up alarm clock online. Cost me $10 but it will be priceless.


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5 Responses to "Does ANYBODY Know What Time It Is? (When the nearby Time Zone Boundary Line confuses your clocks…)"

  1. Sylvia  August 17, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Funny and aggravating at the same time! When I was growing up we lived, most of the time, deep enough into Georgia that had these smart cars and appliances been around then, they would have had no problem showing EST. My grandparents, living in the same area all their lives, kept their clocks on CST. For what reason we never knew. Maybe they were anticipating Daylight Savings Time before it was instituted, since they were lifelong farmers and DST was supposedly dreamed up to help farmers.

  2. Pamela Allegretto  August 13, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    A wind-up clock? Great idea. You can’t go wrong with the basics.

  3. wmba  August 13, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I set my all my watches and clocks to GMT and ignore DST changes. Problem solved for me.

    And my car is not smart enough to try to keep changing the time if I don’t tell it first.

    Exception for a case like yours:
    When we took a cruise I had ship time on one clock, GMT on one, and local time at home on another. The ship time kept changing even more than yours at your location.

    Try using GMT and see if that helps:)

  4. Norma Klein  August 13, 2021 at 12:49 am

    I noticed the US map showing time zones puts Arizona on mountain time. Not true right now. Arizona is one of two states that ignores daylight savings time which puts it on Pacific time at the moment. Come the return to standard time, the map will be correct. It’s a major reason to move here.

  5. DONNA DEINES  August 12, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Ang, you made a good choice on the wind-up clock. I go by world clock on EST and the Current time zone on my phone. I still get confused. I need a wind-up clock when I travel around the states. Thanks for the idea.