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About time

by ✍ January 23rd, 2015

I often wore a timepiece. Time for classes, work, meetings, appointments, dates. Time to go and time to leave. Hurry, hurry.

There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea *

I started with a cheap Timex. Probably from a drugstore rack. “Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” Still true. For awhile also, I carried a pocketwatch—also from a drugstore rack. It tracked the day, for 31-day months. (¡!) The chain easily snagged various and sundry hazards in the everyday walking world.

I had to buy into a multifunction Casio Databank digital watch as soon as I heard of it and could afford it. Dang! Calculator, day/date, stopwatch and more… But I forget—it was lost or stolen—and I ended up with a Timex digital with plastic Velcro-fastened wristband. I wore it for many years, even through the dreaded night of Y2K.

(My old Radio Shack EC–4075 Programmer’s Hex Time Calculator from the 80s survived Y2K, too. Its clock display still runs on original batteries.)

Finally, I got a cell phone and obviated a watch. Just gotta take the time to fumble-fetch the phone. (Get it? “Take the time”? Bwahahaha…)

9to5Mac reported on the Apple Watch’s battery. We’re told that the Watch should be able to display its clock face for approximately three hours, including watch ticking animations, if nothing else is done with the device.

Hmm… Three hours? If I want time and date at the flick of a wrist, I might as well use the Timex, no? Approximate battery life for most: five years. (And if I want a calculator timekeeper, I might as well use my old EC–4075.)

The Timex digital wristwatch doesn’t automatically adjust for DST or zone crossing. Press a tiny button to flash each displayed time element (hour, minute, month, day, etc.) and another tiny button to increment.

And when DST rolls around, we wander around the house and cars to reset eight clocks. (No fancy “internet of things” here.) Coffee maker (important!), stove, microwave, calculator, TV, two vehicles, our radio alarm. The one we don’t have to reset is the Timex radio in the guest bedroom: it senses the NIST beacon.

We don’t have to reset two laptops, two tablets, and two phones. And we won’t have to reset any Apple Watches. Or charge their danged batteries three to five hours later.

In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. *

* ~ T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Ever wonder about that apostrophe in “o’clock”? It’s a shortening of the phrase “of the clock”. Does anybody really know what time it is? (What time what is?)