SOMEWHERE IT IS SEPTEMBER 1ST
While sitting in a cheap plastic chair, staring idly out the window of my two-star hotel, overlooking a store carpark and listening to the rattling drone of an air conditioning unit, my mind drifted and my thoughts wandered. I found myself asking questions that the normal person probably never bothers thinking, much less writing about. Having been told on a number of occasions I am not all that normal, here I am.
Say a person, such as myself, were born at on September 1st in New Zealand and is currently visiting the United Kingdom, should I convert this into the relevant timezone, and start my birthday celebrations for the 24-hour period starting at 1PM on August 31st or should I wait until midnight?
To take it a step further, imagine you were born in Samoa on December 1st at 5:30AM and you moved to American Samoa, which is now 24 hours behind, what would you do then? You would be a full 24 hours older than the current date. How long would it be before you started to think of the new timezone as being your actual birthday?
Again, imagine you left American Samoa on the evening before your birthday and crossed the dateline at midnight. You would arrive in Samoa, a mere 70 kilometres away, having completely skipped your special day. If you then did the same trip the following year at the same time, and again the next year, you could then say to people “I haven’t had a birthday in years” and you would be telling the truth.
Anyway, here I am. In New Zealand it is my birthday. Again, I will be spending my birthday away from the people I care about. While I am sure there will be plenty of Facebook messages from everyone, it would still be nice to be at home with friends and family. This is what travel is like though and yes, I still believe it is worth it.
I will find somewhere to have a nice dinner and a celebratory whisky or two. I will wander this fair city with a full stomach, a warm glow, and enjoy my last few days here before my flight out on Friday.
Enjoy your travels, wherever they may take you and a happy birthday to me.