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Thanks for the great blog, but "all three US time zones"?!?

There are more than three US time zones, you know that, right? :)

*sigh* Oh okay, All three CONTINENTAL U.S. time zones. :) But really, if DC can't have statehood, why should Hawaii and Alaska? Not that I'm bitter...

I thought there were four time zones in the forty-eight contiguous states. Eastern, Central, Mountain, and West? Am I wrong?

But then I delight in finding unimportant errors. In other people, of course, never in myself.

Nope, you're right, but like I said, I'm all discombobulated and no longer know what time it is. Anywhere. :)

Roger, I like pointing out others' mistakes, too - don't we all? ;-)

So, what is West time? There are four time zones in the continental US, then Hawaii and Alaska:

Mountain Time states:

Roger, OK, I guess you're calling Pacific Time "West." It is called Pacific, though. :-)

Hmm.. Can you tell me again what continent Alaska is on? :)

Maybe conterminus or contiguous (Roger got it) is what you mean?

To be totally pedantic, Alaska actually still spans three time zones:

"Alaska", "Aleutian/Hawaii", and the town of Hyder (55.9 N, -130 E) which uses a Canadian phone exchange (so there's a trivia question--Alaska actually has two phone area codes!) and "Pacific" time. Hyder is very isolated from the rest of AK and very tied to the Canadian town of Stewart (all the kids in Hyder go to school in Stewart).

Sounds like you need an Alaska vacation to recover from all the crazy conferences you've been attending/covering.

When it's my time, i want to go peacefully in my sleep like my Uncle. Not screeming in terror like his passengers.

I won't join in on the time zone debate, but will just say that I enjoyed reading this article. HGT is a particularly fascinating idea to ruminate over.

I know the following remark might potentially frustrate you to some nontrivial extent, but my rigorous study and appreciation of French are to blame for my sometimes glaring, but sincerely unpretentious, pedantry. "tres desole" should instead be "très désolée".

No, it's just that Jen-Luc has masculine tendencies and tends to project those qualities for her male admirers...I mean, readers. Cela me desole...

(Someone needs to show me how to use foreign fonts properly.)

There should be a Nitpicker Award! However, when nitpicking, it would be nice to see people offer some back-up link/explanation/reason.

Jennifer, your last paragraph was far from a "downer." In fact, sometimes it takes personal experience for some people to *really* get the importance or significance of scientific research (say, with stem cells or such). I wish it didn't take that kind of firsthand experience, but alas it often appears to. :-/

...and I know about the preposition, too. ;-)

Pacific, not West, oops. I should have known that I lived on the West Coast in the Pacific Time Zone; I grew up in the Midwest in the Central Time Zone; I've visited the East Coast in the Eastern Time Zone; I now live in the foothills of the Rockies in the Mountain Time Zone and have friends in all four of the time zones for the 48 continguous states. And one of these days I'll know what I'm talking about.

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    • Heavy G
      The perfect pick-me-up when gravity gets you down.
      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
      Mix tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker and pour into a margarita glass. (Salted rim and ice are optional.) Top off with 7-Up/Sprite and let the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.
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      1/2 oz light rum
      1 oz Tia Maria
      2 oz light cream
      Crushed ice
      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
      In a shaker half-filled with ice, combine the dark and light rum, Tia Maria, and cream. Shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass almost filled with crushed ice. Dust with the nutmeg, and serve. Bongos optional.
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      2 oz brandy
      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
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      1-1/2 oz sour mix
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      151 proof rum
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      1/2 oz Amaretto
      1/2 oz sloe gin
      1/2 oz vodka
      1/2 oz Triple sec
      7 oz orange juice
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      1/2 oz Strega
      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
      2 oz Pineapple juice
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      1 oz. vodka
      .5 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
      .5 oz. dark rum
      .5 oz. Amaretto
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