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OK. So you are traveling and your plane goes at 15:00 (with this hypothetical clock, I would drop the PM stuff). Do you have time for lunch beforehand? Should you try to?

Similarly, you are on holiday and someone tells you a museum is open till 04:30. Can you go to dinner first?

I guess that a main question is what kind of query is more frequent: "What time is it now in X", or "At what time is X where I am now?". I thought the former was way more frequent, but now, I do not know anymore.

Maybe the best thing to do is to drop absolute references altogether. IMO, "Shall we meet in 3 hours" is easier for handling across timezone discussions, and will work equally well for "in a different timezone than the one I am used to".

Of course, your SMS/ping/twitter/email client would have to automatically count down such timers for you.

Your travel examples are indeed more difficult, but I travel much less than I coordinate times across time zones, and I suspect most other people do as well, even if it's something as simple as calling family in another state.

For someone who travels a lot, a single time zone may well be more inconvenient, hard to say.

Times relative to now would work well but could be unwieldy. How do you do it if you're e-mailing or texting? If you want to meet next Monday afternoon, do you say "in 2 days and 5 hours"?

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