Sep 19

Is It Late Saturday Night Or Early Sunday Morning?

Tag: brains,economics,humor,UncategorizedDonna B. @ 8:34 pm

My mental clock runsĀ  7 hours late. I won’t get into how my physiological clock runs other than to say it’s not exactly on time.

The mental clock was programmed by working for years in a 24 hour industry. Three shifts, and the last one started at 11 pm. Can we agree that it would be a mathematical and bookkeeping nightmare to be accurate and calculate the hours and pay spanning two different days rather than one?

So, a day — for minimal distress and the payroll bookkeeper’s sanity started at 7 am. Of course, a simple solution would be to start the work day at midnight, but… frankly that would be too damn simple and still confusing for the workers who headed off to work on the 2nd day of the month but didn’t clock in until the 3rd.

Also, it’s just best to not have shifts end at noon or midnight. There’s always that 59 minute question, is there not? Does morning end at 11:59 am? Does afternoon start at 12:01? Frankly, every 24 hour business would lose 2 minutes of work per day. That adds up to an entire 12 hour shift being lost every year per worker.

Business could not function under that loss, since it would be added to the 3 hours per 8 hour shift lost to surfing the internet and general goofing off.

What should be understood is whether I finally finish this post at 11:59 on Saturday, September 19 or 4:02 am on Sunday, September 20, it is still a Saturday night post.

This manner of time-keeping also comes in handy for those who have had instilled in them the idea that drinking on Sunday is a bad thing. Using this method, Saturday night parties can last much longer. An there’s no reason why one can’t drink until 2 or 3 am, then have a leisurely breakfast at Waffle House and still grab a few hours sleep before church.

Don’t think I can’t sense the rumblings of some of you disagreeing out there. Rationalization, you say? Hell yeah! Why elseĀ did we evolve big brains?

One Response to “Is It Late Saturday Night Or Early Sunday Morning?”

  1. Eric Wilner says:

    The 11:59 problem is an artifact of 12-hour timekeeping. “Twelve midnight” is ambiguous, which is why new laws take effect at 12:01 AM. On the other hand, “Zero hour” is clearly zero of the new day.
    Of course, depending on your religion, your personal new day may begin at some time other than zero hour: sunset, or first light, or (as in my case) when you first leave the house in the morning. This last definition is handy when deciding what date to write on checks: if I haven’t left the house yet, it might as well still be yesterday evening, so yesterday’s date applies.