30 minutes on Columbus time
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory recessed Wednesday's city council meeting at 3:15 p.m., saying they were taking a break for "30 minutes, more or less" so council members could continue negotiating over a 2007-08 budget.
The mayor reconvened that meeting at 2:15 a.m. Thursday morning. "We are back from a 30-minute recess ... more or less," the mayor said to a roar of laughter.
Mallory, who spent years in Columbus as a representative in the House, and then as a Senator explained he was measuring time in Columbus terms.
"In Columbus, if you say a 5-minute break, it's an hour. A 15-minute break is two hours. And if you say a 30-minute break, it could mean anything," he said.
Council will reconvene its meeting tonight at 6, when they hope to have a budget to approve.