One aspect of our cross country dash we didn't expect was the jet lag. Okay, we didn't quite travel as fast as a jet, but the trip has left us dragging our you-know-whats and feeling slightly out of sorts.
Call it Time Zone Lag.
We've lived most of our lives in the East Coast and our body clocks are conditioned for that time zone. Now that we're on the West Coast and on Pacific Time, we haven't yet seemed to get a handle on adjusting to that time zone, our body clocks seem to resist changing over. By 8 PM, we're yawning and suffering from droopy eye syndrome, ready for bed. Determined to stick it out and stay up to 10 or 11 PM before hitting the sheets doesn't seem to produce good results. By 3 AM, our eyes are popped open and we're ready to start the day, after all on the East Coast, this was our normal 6 AM wake up time.
Even more fun is trying to remember all our family that is still in the East Coast time zone. Marti just realized she missed a call from her sister in Rhode Island and at 8:30 PM (PT), she just picked up her phone and called her sister and wondered why there was no answer. Maybe it's because her sister is already in bed?
Then we have the fun with our DirecTV Distant Network Service (DNS). It is TV service for full time RVers. You get all the DirecTV channels and the local networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS) are based on the time zone your billing address is in. Our billing address is Sioux Falls, SD, which is in the Central Time zone. When we're planning to watch one of our favorite shows, we find ourselves trying to add or subtract hours to make sure we going to be able to watch the show. I think I need to get a little clock, set it to Central Time and hang it somewhere near the TV so we'll know for sure when our show comes on.
One thing that is for sure, even when we wake up at 3 AM, it's not because of having to go to work. We're retired and have plenty of time to adjust to these time zones. :c)
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