October 13 2008, 11:42 am, Tokyo time. We needed to sleep, but most of us on the plane were awake, our eyes glued to the map on the screen as we watched the plane icon inch westward across the Pacific. The flight attendant came by and told us, "We will be crossing the International Date Line in about three minutes." Wow - three minutes till tomorrow - and it's not even midnight. Our cameras were ready - "There it goes!" At 11:45 am, we crossed the International Date Line, and officially jumped forward a day. It was no longer October 13, but October 14, 2008. Who says you can't time travel??
New Jersey is 13 hours earlier than Tokyo. That means that I'm wide awake when I should be sleeping (like now!), and I'm ready to sleep when I should be awake (like earlier today). My computer doesn't know what time it is either... the clock says one time but the Blogger posts another. So even computers can get jet lag!