Mayor Steve Adler wants to institute a hard and fast rule for City Council meetings: they have to be done by 11 p.m.
That’s because, according to an American-Statesman review, more than half of Austin’s regular voting City Council meetings, which start at 10 a.m., ran past 7 p.m. last year and six ran past midnight. That’s longer than San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.
And once the Council went past 10 p.m., they spent a grand total of 14 hours and 51 minutes of time in City Council meetings past 10 p.m. in 2016.
That got us thinking: What else could you do in 15 hours?
Here are some possibilities:
- You could play Resident Evil 7 from start to finish (according to this)
- You could watch Peter Jackson’s behemoth “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in its entirety with some time to spare (You could even watch the extended editions and still have time left over!)
- You could go on a road trip from Austin, Texas to Denver, Colorado (14 hours and 11 minutes)
- If you’re more into crafting things by hand, you could make a leather steering wheel for a Bentley car (according to this)
- 15 hours is a day and a half on Jupiter, or nearly a day on Neptune (per this site)
- You could fly from Dallas/Fort Worth to Beijing (14 hours and 15 minutes, according to this article)
- Thank goodness we don’t have Jamie Dimon on the clock. He reportedly earned nearly $13,000 an hour in 2016, so 15 hours of his time comes out to about $195,000.
- Or you could watch this video on solving the world’s largest Rubik’s cube – and still have more than 7 hours to spare
The council is expected to consider Mayor Adler’s meeting suggestions Tuesday.
Bridget Grumet and Elizabeth Findell contributed to this blog post.