It’s that time of year again when those of us who cross the border regularly have to brush up on our basic math skills and constantly check our clocks. The U.S. moves its clocks forward one hour as of midnight, March 8, to conform to daylight saving time. But Mexico won’t follow suit until almost a month later on April 5, according to a reminder in El Mexicano newspaper.
This has been going on since 2007 when the U.S. changed its schedule for daylight saving time. For a busy border region like the Tijuana-San Diego area, the time difference creates a particularly annoying wrinkle in time since so many people go back and forth on a regular basis. Here is a link to a 2007 San Diego Union-Tribune story about how the time difference trips up people, causing them to miss appointments and show up too early for events.
It’s time again for regular border crossers – and tourists – to navigate two time zones when the Mexico switches to from Daylight Saving Time this Sunday (Oct. 26). The United States won’t follow suit until Nov. 2. This causes all kinds of problems and surprises for people who go back and forth. The United States and Mexico used to be in synch until last year when the United States opted for a new schedule. This time around San Diego will be one hour ahead of Tijuana for one week, acording to a short but informative article in The San Diego Union-Tribune.
For some interesting stories of how asynchronous time has disrupted life along the border, read this Union-Tribune story from 2007.
Photo of billboard at San Ysidro border lanes. I’m not sure what an egg has to do with yoga, but I’m sure a lot of people waiting in line here can only dream of being in a state of tranquility.