It gets early so early out here
Published: Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Settling into the Mountain Time Zone lifestyle again takes time, I'm learning.
Having lived on Central Time for 71 of my 74 years, I have come to know that NFL games on Sundays are supposed to start at noon and 3 p.m., not 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. the way they do out here. The early games are into halftime before I ever get home from church, for heaven's sake!
I suppose I can learn to live with that fact again.
Then there's the matter of when the sun comes up. It's supposed to be fall, the days should be getting shorter, but on the day I am writing this, sunrise in Rapid City occurred at 6:21. No wonder there is light coming in my bedroom window for a half-hour before that.
In Pierre, where I have just spent most of the summer, sunrise came at 7:09 a.m. today, 12 minutes sooner than in Rapid City, but because Pierre sits on the western edge of Central Time and Rapid City is on the eastern fringe of Mountain Time, sunrise is almost simultaneous—except for that thing with the clocks.
At this rate it's going to be so dark by three in the afternoon come January that the streetlights will come on!
Oh well. It takes time, especially for an old-timer, to accept change. Like it or not, I'm doing it, so bear with me.
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