Monday, November 17, 2008


i received a wonderful wall clock from family friends as a graduation gift. upon moving into my apartment, i placed a battery in the back and hung it on the wall. i was terribly pleased with where i located it, placed at the intersection of the only two circulation paths in my tiny apartment. this allowed it to be seen from any angle. after waking up in the morning and stepping out of my bedroom, i methodically look down the hallway to see the time. it has become my "main" clock.

not long after the time change, the battery died. i guess the adjustment was just too much for it's little hands to take. it stopped around 5:44 in the morning. it's been frozen at that time for several weeks now, as i have yet to pick up a double a battery for it. although i'm perfectly aware of this fact, i continually find myself checking the time, looking for it's guidance, maybe an answer to where i am in life, or at the very least, how much time i have to get there. habit's are funny that way.

i was planning on writing a long post trying to intertwine thoughts of change and habits, when it occurred to me, i have much larger timing issues in my life. this one, chronologically challenged clock was just the tip of my timing iceberg.

let me explain:

-my alarm clock is set 18 minutes fast, allowing me to hit the snooze button twice, and still wake up on time.

-shuffling between bedroom and bathroom every morning, i watch my "main" clock which is set 9 minutes fast. this is to encourage me to hurry up as i try to get out the door.

-the stove clock, right by the front door, is set 3 minutes fast, allowing me walking and or driving time to the office.

-the car clock is set 36 minutes fast. this breaks down the pattern of "getting ever closer to the exact time as i get closer to the office", however this clock is set for long distance driving, hoping it'll allow me to be 30 minutes early to any distant appointment.

however, what i've learned is, none of this grand and complex timing scheme gets me to work any earlier. i sometimes wonder what chaos may or may not ensue, if they were all to be magically synchronized. in fact, this little rambling observation does me absolutely no good, except for the fact when i ask myself every night, "where did the evening go?"

i now know there's about eighteen minutes lost somewhere between the kitchen and bedroom.

it's probably in the laundry room, next to my missing sock.....time's funny that way.


Anonymous said...

I don't know how you people live! What about your cell phone? That is my "main" clock.

I am on the OCD side of the spectrum. All of my clocks are within seconds of each other, all of which are a close to the atomic clock as possible. In fact, about two weeks ago I set a computer at work, which was about 4 min. fast. It was driving me crazy. I use this computer about 10 min. per day on average.

So, I googled atomic clock. The #1 result is "" .gov, how much more official can it get than this? So I waited for about 45 seconds and then when the minute changed, I quickly changed the computer.

My only thoughts are... how do the 8 or 10 million people who still have dial up internet ever know what time it is?

And... figuring out which clock is right and how far it is ahead compared to the others plus 9 min for snoozes... blah blah blah. That is way to many equations to do in my head when I first wake up. I used to live that way... It is no way to live!

Anonymous said...

National Time Standards in Ft. Collins, Colorado, Broadcast on shortwave frequencies 5,000 10,000 and 15,000. All my clocks are within 5 seconds of the government standard, and I'm still usually late.