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Birthday Time

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments


Those of us born on February 29 find ourselves having to answer the question, “When do you celebrate your birthday?” Our plight puzzles people.

My answer—on non-leap years, that is—used to be that I celebrate on both days: February 28 and March 1. After all, I was born on the last day of February. And, I was born the day after February 28. Hence, I get to celebrate on both days. I don’t miss out. I get twice the fun. And indeed, growing up, I did celebrate on both days.

However, in recent years I’ve had a new answer. There’s a clear instant in time (in non-leap years) when one’s age changes: that moment at midnight that separates the 28th and the 1st. But which midnight? Well, midnight in New York, of course, since that’s where I was born. And midnight in the Eastern time zone is 9:00 PM on February 28 in the Pacific time zone. So, when do I celebrate? At 9:00 PM on February 28, that’s when.

It’s just an hour away. I better get ready.

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  1. russmcduff
    February 28, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    I should have known. Now I’m 55 minutes too late… Happy birthday Ron!

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