No Fortitude For Longitude, Part 11

, , , , | Working | February 1, 2018

(I need to get some samples delivered from a supplier in Los Angeles to an architect elsewhere in Los Angeles. I ask my assistant to contact a local courier to make the delivery. I feel I should preface at this point that we’re on the East Coast and it’s about 4:00 pm. She says, “Not a problem!” and gets right to it. Five minutes later she walks into my office in a PANIC.)

Assistant: “They say it’s going to take two hours to get it delivered!”

Me: “Okay, that’s fine.”

Assistant: “But that’s going to be too late; the architect will be closed by then.”

Me: “No, it’s fine. They’ll still be open.”

Assistant: *looking at her watch* “Um, okay.”

(She leaves, looking VERY confused, and comes back five minutes later with her notepad.)

Assistant: “Um, I just did some time calculations, and they’re definitely going to be closed by the time the courier makes the delivery.”

Me: *starting to realize there’s a much bigger issue here* “What time do you think the package is going to arrive at the architect?”

Assistant: “If they leave now, it won’t be there until 6:30, and the architect closes at 4:30, so they won’t make it in time.”

Me: “You realize, of course, that there is a three-hour time difference between us and them, right?”

Assistant: *blank stare*

Me: “Yeah. It’s not 4:30 there. It’s actually 1:30. So, if you call them now, and they leave by 2:00, they’ll still be there before the architect closes.”

Assistant: *more blinking, more blank stares*

Me: “I mean… You understand that, right? Like… the time-zone thing?”

Assistant: “I don’t understand what you’re talking about. They’re in the past? Like… we’re in the future? I don’t understand.”

Me: *finally fed up with this conversation, and also trying to stop myself from firing her on the spot* “Call the courier and tell them to make the delivery now, and don’t bother me for the rest of the day unless it’s a crisis.”

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