Thorny theological question

In general, I don’t get that many visits from Jehovah’s Witnesses, inasmuch as my stepmother (age 64) is a Witness and they consider that it’s her responsibility to make the appropriate invitations and such. That said, I don’t find them particularly bothersome, and I was probably neither wise nor kind to open the door to them that day in 1977 when I was too lazy to get dressed. Still, they’re just far enough off the Standard Christian Shtick to leave me with occasional puzzlements.

Yesterday they left me a tiny, almost inconspicuous, flyer announcing a three-day convention next weekend at State Fair Park. The schedule struck me as slightly inscrutable:

Friday, May 19, 2017
9:20 am to 4:55 pm

Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:20 am to 4:55 pm

Sunday, May 21, 2017
9:20 am to 3:35 pm

Sunrise on those days is around 6:21 am, and sunset 8:32 pm (CDT); it’s the only thing I could think of that would mandate such specific-sounding times, but it also sounds a bit, well, pagan for proper JWs. Color me confused.


  1. fillyjonk »

    13 May 2017 · 3:07 pm

    Avoiding traffic jams?

  2. CGHill »

    13 May 2017 · 3:18 pm

    In the morning, that makes sense. Friday afternoon, not so much. (I take off at 4:30 and it’s a slow slog at both ends of late.)

  3. fillyjonk »

    13 May 2017 · 3:21 pm

    Ah. (Here, you avoid 8 am, noon, and 3:30 pm – that’s when the local schools let out)

    noon is a madhouse because all of the college students make a “run for the border” (or the Braum’s, or the Sonic….)

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