- A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.
- ~Segal’s Law
Have a listen to The Steve Miller Band “Fly Like an Eagle” One of the best songs of the 70s!
If you live in the USA have you set your clocks forward? Today is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. (Or is it the end? I can’t ever remember.) Try not to think about that too hard. It’s a ridiculous concept on the face of it in my opinion. All it really does is force employers to start the work day one hour later to allow their employees to have more daylight left after work for recreation in the summer.
I have seven (!) clocks in my house and they are all set to a different time. Is that absurd or what? The only one I really trust is the one on my PC. It gets its information from the official Atomic Clock maintained by the USA government.
There are two in the kitchen, one of them is on the coffee pot and is too small to read unless I am standing directly in front of it. I usually screw the time up on it when I wipe down the coffee pot to get fingerprints off the stainless (yeah right) steel. I may or may not reset it depending on my mood or whether or not I want the coffee ready to drink the moment I wake up in the morning. Usually I don’t.
The one on the wall in the kitchen (see above) insists on being consistently 10 minutes late and only 10 minutes late no matter how often I set it to the correct time. I’ve even tried setting it 10 minutes ahead so when it loses time it will be exactly right. Nope, it lost time until it was 10 minutes late and then it was satisfied. I gave up up fighting that fight years ago. One has to choose their battles and I refuse to fight with a machine that refuses to cooperate and is so obstinate. Be late, see if I care. If I really need to know exactly what time it is I will look on my PC. For timing baked goods it’s close enough. So there.
That clock won’t get set ahead until my son comes over and once again he will tell me it is exactly one hour and 10 minutes slow. Then he will tell me I should buy a new clock for God’s sake. I’ll tell him I’m attached to my stupid clock because it is exactly the same shade of blue as in the photograph that hangs below it. It’s a yearly ritual.
My answering machine is in the living room and it has a clock. If I’d set it, it would tell me the date and time someone left a message. Personally I don’t care what time someone left a message or even what day. I rarely get messages that are that important. In fact, I only remember to check for messages when the machine starts picking up after two rings instead of four. Sometimes I’m not in the mood to deal with phone calls period and I let the machine pick up and listen to see if I want to talk to that person but usually the phone that sits on my desk is handy so I pick up.
The phone on my desk that I got for Xmas would tell me the time if I bothered to set it too. I just tried to figure out how to do that without looking at the instruction book. It wasn’t intuitive so I gave up. I’m too lazy to dig out the instructions and besides, I don’t care. It does all kinds of other fancy stuff too but I don’t care. All I really want it to do is let me talk to the people I call and those who call me. The rest of that stuff is really just a PITA.
I also have a cell phone that has a clock on it. It was already set to the correct time when I got it. That was downright nice of LG Electronics since I probably would have said screw it if I had had to set it. That one is kind of handy since I cannot wear a watch. For some unknown reason I kill watches. Wind up watches or digital battery operated watches, it doesn’t matter. Within weeks of getting them they die. Plus I’m allergic to metals so they give me a rash. I haven’t owned a wrist watch for 20 years. For awhile I carried a pocket watch in my purse or my jeans pocket. Then I sent it through the washer and dryer. Dead. <meh>
The alarm clock beside my bed is one minute behind the one on my PC. Close enough. One minute is not going to make or break any schedule I have and I rarely use the alarm clock to get up. My life is so pathetically boring that I almost never have anywhere to go that early in the morning but it’s handy to know what time I wake up so I can decide if I should actually stay out of bed after I visit the bathroom or crawl back under the covers and go back to sleep. It has big red numbers that I can read without my glasses. I reset it because I don’t want to get confused and decide I have plenty of time when I’m getting ready to go somewhere. I use that clock a lot even though it’s a minute slow.
I used to have a VCR that had a clock. Handy if I wanted to record a program, I suppose but I never ever did and I never set that clock correctly either. I just pushed enough buttons to make it stop blinking. That blinking was annoying as hell.
I also had a microwave that had a clock. That one was actually handy too because it had a timer function that kept me from burning stuff when I was cooking. I miss that microwave—I forgot and left a spoon in a bowl of leftovers and blew it up. That was a spectacular kitchen mishap! The microwave I replaced it with was a cheap used one. I wish it would die so I would have an excuse to get one with a clock on it.
When did we as a society become so obsessed with time that every appliance in the house has to have a clock on it? It is such a PITA when thunderstorms cause the electricity to flicker and all those clocks have to be reset. Of course I don’t do that. I only reset the clock in the bedroom. The PC resets itself. The obstinate clock on the kitchen wall is battery operated. The rest can go hang fire for all I care. I wonder how many households are like mine with clocks all over the place that have different times on them and only one is actually correct.
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