Of course I know that when it is 11:00 PM in New York, it is 8:00 PM in LA, and 8:00 is 3 hours earlier than 11:00.
Since it becomes
11:00 in NY 3 hours before it becomes 11:00 in LA, conceptually, I feel that NY is 3 hours earlier than LA. I know lots of people say NY is 3 hours ahead of LA, but I believe that I am the only one who looks at a specific mark of time as an event, and since that event (say 11:00 PM) occurs 3 hours before the same event in LA, to me New York is 3 hours earlier.
In other words, most people are looking at a moment, say now, and marking the measurements in NY & LA, where it seems logical to me to look at the time as an event (say 11:00) and look at which city gets to that event earlier. After all when it is 1:00 in the morning in New York, we're not all of a sudden 21 hours earlier than LA.
Inspired by rwhe's post
, I am now wondering if *anyone* thinks like me on this urgent issue of national import.