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Time Zone fun….

October 27, 2017

Quote from Doctor Who…..

The Doctor: Do you know like we were saying, about the earth revolving? It’s like when you’re a kid, the first time they tell you that the world is turning and you just can’t quite believe it ’cause everything looks like it’s standing still. I can feel it…

The Doctor: the turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world. And, if we let go…

One of the things that ended up happening when you work in banking is that you feel the earth move.  There are three major investment banking zones.  New York, London, and then you have various banking centers in Hong Kong/Singapore/Tokyo.  So each day you set at your desk and you feel the earth move as trading centers light up like Christmas tree lights.  Investment banking meetings invariably take place at around 9 p.m. HK time, because that’s when New York opens, and it’s afternoon in London.  And you can tell just from the fact that that meetings get scheduled around New York City time that the United States runs a global empire.

But the other thing that you find is that over time, the continents move.  You feel the spinning of the world, at the same time day by day, you feel the ground beneath slowly move.  Inch by inch.  You can actually sense Europe and America becoming tired, and new things growing here in Asia, and you have feel power leaving the old financial centers and moving toward the new ones.

So this causes a lot of time zone confusion.  I’ve noticed that I haven’t had any meetings with London and New York.  All of the meetings I’ve had are with San Francisco and Zurich, and just with the time of the meetings, you have feel the ground moving.



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