By Haddon Libby
As this is a holiday week for most of us where we are surrounded by friends and family alike, I want to take a moment on behalf of my friends and colleagues at CV Weekly to wish you and those you care about a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season whether you celebrate Christmas, another holiday or no holiday at all. In a world increasingly divided by anything and nothing at the same time, use this season to be an Agent of Change by muting negativity and spreading joy and happiness. You will be happier and those around you might enjoy being around you a little bit more. If you are already like this, keep being awesome!
With seasonal wishes and a hopeful message completed, I am trying to wrap my brain around Proposition 7 on Daylight Saving Time.
Californians did not like switching back and forth for Daylight Saving Time. Arizona, Hawaii and some of Alaska already addressed this by going back to good old-fashioned, once-upon-a-time Standard Time. You would think that Californians might do the same thing? Like, no way dude!
Californians do not like Pacific Standard Time either. We want to stay on Daylight Saving Time year round. Why? I am not sure. Incredibly, the Proposition got the full support of Democrats, Republicans and the Governor. Since when have California Democrats and Republicans agreed on anything?!
Anyhow, Proposition 7 won overwhelmingly. We now have an issue in that federal law does not allow for states to choose what time zone they want. Well, it does but a state has two choices – Standard Time or Standard Time with Daylight Saving Time. There is no third option.
Think about it for a minute. What would happen if every part of the world decided to choose their own time zone? How would commerce work? How would all the technology adjust? The goofy way in which time zones work around the world costs hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income annually as it is.
Only California would think of creating its own time zone. If Americans did not already think of Californians as self-absorbed, trying to create our own time zone certainly seals the reputation.
Let’s pretend that California sues the President for the right to create its own time zone and we are as successful as CNN and Jim Acosta. We cannot just call it Daylight Saving Time in the Pacific Time Zone as that rolls off the tongue almost as easily as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As a sidenote, a few months ago The Mormon Church instructed all of us to stop using the word ‘Mormon’ when referring to anything related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have to guess that the Book of Mormon will now be called the Book of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This change in name must have caused a bit of a challenge to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tabernacle Choir is a bit cumbersome say while making the font of their playbills either too thin or small for the average playbill.
Getting back to the potential new time zone for the Great State of California, we could call it the California Time but then we would always be twenty minutes late due to heavy traffic or a spiritual awakening or something.
We could call it the Twilight Zone. I think President Trump and the GOP might go for that.