I have recently had a weird problem with time zones. I've become so used to mentally converting for GMT that I keep doing it with PST as well. It leaves me saying spectacularly wrong meeting times. I might has written it off if I'd done it once but I've done it about three times in the last two weeks. I am thankful that I double check before rushing off but at the same time I am somewhat amused by the problem.
It is just a matter of focus. But, I never thought about time zones before Eve. I knew that they existed. I travel enough to deal with them. But, I never had a second clock on my phone to keep up with time in another country. I would stare at the clocks on the wall at some companies. They'd have clocks showing the time at major cities all over the world or places where they had offices. It very much said, "We are an international company." A form of decorative bragging rights and a subtle reminder.
But, here I am, a no one in a dead end job with time on my watch because I need to know when it is in other places. Time zones have become a regular part of my day. Of course this country is so many hours before or after us. Doesn't everyone pay attention to this?
No... no they don't. Even other games don't. They gate regions onto servers. It improves latency. The AU Eve players can speak to that. But, I wonder if I can live without the international feel and flavor of Eve in another game. The knowledge of other cultures has only improved me. Sure, I was aware of it but it is different to learn of something or even read of it and sit down with someone and figure out why a recipe is different or what one thing means.
It is warm for them and cold for me. It is light somewhere during the deepest dark here. I know these things but to listen to the complaints and wonder of the elegant complexity of the planet is another.
Time is supposed to be the fourth dimension. There are theories about. All things happen at the same time but we move through them at a set pace. That time can be conquered and traveled through, controlled and manipulated. but for me, I'm simply trying to remember what direction I am thinking in for the when I need it to be.