Sunday, November 6, 2011
[...because Frank Black has already claimed living on an abstract plain.]
I first noticed this phenomenon when I was staying with relatives in west-central Nebraska in the summer. The summer evening's twilight seemed to go on forever, and part of that was because they weren't that far from the western edge of the Central time zone. So by the time you factor that, plus long summer days and Daylight Savings Time into it all, it was still twilight after 9:30. And isn't that what you want, at least in the summer? To get off work and know you still have four or five hours of daylight left? Of course, that means by definition sunrise is an hour later, too, so for early starters, it might be more ideal to live on the eastern edge.
Just something weird to think about in the early darkness...