Thursday, February 13, 2014

Eight Weeks Without a Minute of Time

A few years ago, I replaced my inexpensive twenty year old Casio digital watch after it finally died. I replaced it with another Casio digital watch. This one has the ability to ping itself with a satellite three times a day via Fort Collins, CO.

When we went to Panama in December, I reset the watch to local time. It did not work. I pinged and pinged until I thought the battery would be on its last leg. For 8 weeks, I had to go without a watch at all. It went berserk. The year was set to 2005; the day was Sunday even when it was Wednesday. The time was hours off, regardless of how many buttons I pressed.

The instructions are kept in my Dropbox, accessible to me wherever I have an Internet connection. Reading, rereading, analyzing, deconstructing, and then rereading once again, was a total waste of time. Nothing worked including the section that stated “if this doesn’t work…” It didn’t!

After resigning myself to never having the time on hand again, Ron took the watch to the watch repair around the corner. After fifteen minutes, he had it fixed. Well, almost fixed. I use the 12-hour clock. He set it for the 24-hour clock. When I am feeling arithmetically challenged, the watch sits on my bed stand or I need a calculator close by. Otherwise, challenge my thinking to do the subtraction needed to figure out the time.

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Árpád Farkas said...

I know that some people have their heart set on a digital dial, and that’s fine, but I must say I love the simplicity of an analog watch, which can be set very easily.

On a related note, I find it interesting that mobile phones have largely superseded wristwatches, which, on reflection, is a reverse path of development. Pocket watches, after all, used to be ubiquitous, but then a smart pilot (allegedly) came along and requested that a timepiece be strapped to his wrist, thereby making it possible to consult his watch in virtually any situation. The innovation literally proved handy. Now, however, watch-eschewing mobile users are back to square one: They don’t know what the time is unless they can fish the device out of their pockets and read the screen.

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