Can Time Go Backwards?

Many thanks to my friend Larry for giving me this clock for my Clock Wall. Everything about the clock is backwards.  I’m hopeful that this clock will make me feel like time can go backwards, because another decadal birthday is only months away. What is it about a birthday that ends in a zero? Why does it seem so much bigger than the last nine birthdays?

This is my Arizona Clock Wall. If you look carefully, you’ll see which clocks need new batteries!

If you are a person who doesn’t like to listen to a clock ticking, you wouldn’t enjoy being near this bunch of ‘tickers’. They say tick-tock over and over again, but they don’t say it in unison. The aggregate sound is more like tick-tick-tock-tick-tock-tock-tick etc…

If my mind is not too intently engaged in what I am doing, soon the rhythm of the clocks will speak to me. “Want-cho-co-late want-cho-co-late want-cho-co-late”.  “Sun-is-shin-ing sun-is-shin-ing.” “Go-to-bed go-to-bed”… I won’t tell you what the clocks say about politics.

The Car Guy doesn’t mind hearing the ticking of the clocks, but they don’t speak to him. Perhaps clocks choose who they will talk to…

How about you? Do you have clocks that tick? Do they speak to you?

My posts about Age are at Age Quotations.

My posts about Time are at Time Quotations.

Daylight Saving Time

A Guide to Changing the time on your Clocks:
1. Smart Phone – Leave it Alone. It does it with Magic
2. Appliances – You’ll need a Masters in Electronic Engineering or a hammer.
3. Sundial – Move one house to the right.
4. Car Clock – Not worth it. Wait six months.
– Internet Meme –

Daylight savings time—why are they saving it, and where do they keep it?
– Author Unknown –

Twice a year, we go through the ritual of resetting our clocks – our part of Canada  observes Daylight Saving Time.  Actually, it is The Car Guy who performs the clock changing task. He used to be pretty thorough about the job, but with the advent of digital clocks in just about every appliance, he has given up. He sets the most critical ones, and leaves the rest to fend for themselves. It doesn’t really matter much whether the water softener cycles an hour later for six months of the year. It does matter if the furnace comes on an hour after we get up…

I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.
– Victor Borge –

“Whatever” Clock

It is rather ironic for me to talk about time. I have never worn a watch. I can tell you what year it is, and what month it is, but I won’t know exactly what day of the month it is. I might be able to tell you what day of the week it is, and I will certainly know whether it is morning, afternoon, or evening. But I won’t know what time it is, to the exact minute – so my ‘Whatever’ clock is close enough for most of my purposes.

“ISH” Time

clockMany years ago, I spotted the perfect clock for me.  I should have bought it, but didn’t, and regretted the decision for a long time. I eventually made a similar clock for myself, and it is one of my most valuable possessions. It runs on “ish” time. If it was true to the original, it would not have the minute hand on it. But I consult this clock when I want to know the time more precisely than the “Whatever” clock. So, I put the minute hand on. Visiting children love this clock. Actually what they love is turning the hands. After a visit from them I have to reset the time and take a few kinks out of the hands.

One of the ways the telegraph changed us as humans was it gave us a new sense of what time it is. It gave us an understanding of simultaneity. It gave us the ability to synchronize clocks from one place to another. It made it possible for the world to have standard time and time zones and then Daylight Savings Time and then after that jetlag. All of that is due to the telegraph because, before that, the time was whatever it was wherever you were.
– James Gleick –

Middle East Clock

The kitchen clock was a purchase I made in the Middle East. The numerals are Eastern Arabic. It is amazing how many people look at this clock, read the time, but don’t notice the numerals.

Digital Clocks

One of our children attended two different schools in one year. It was the grade where children are taught how to tell time. The one school taught the concept near the beginning of the term; the other school taught it near the middle of the term – and she missed both lessons in the transition.

We didn’t realize until some months later that she couldn’t tell time on a regular clock. We had lots of digital clocks, so telling the time wasn’t a problem for her – though we should have guessed something was up when she would say the time was 9:15, not quarter past 9.

You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe “Daylight Saving Time.”
– Dave Barry

Lots of Quotes about Time: If you have the time, here is the link to all my quotations about time: Time Quotations

How disruptive is Daylight Savings Time for you?

Time and My Clock Walls – So Late So Soon

The QuipperyHow time has changed!  When I was young, a clock had hands and you learned how to ‘tell time’. We had only a few clocks in our house. One was in the kitchen, and I suppose there was an alarm clock for my parental units (but I don’t remember ever hearing it ring.) I didn’t really pay attention to what time is was. Grown-ups did that for me. I just did what they told me to do when they told me to do it – mostly. If no one was telling me where to be or what to do, I let the sun and a rumble in my stomach guide me.

Today we are surrounded by clocks. They reside in every conceivable appliance. This has a cost though – a microwave oven can consume more electricity powering its digital clock than it does heating food! Of course, most wall clocks are battery powered – but  how much do you spend on batteries in a year?

How many clocks do you have to reset when Daylight Saving’s Time rolls around? The Car Guy says we have more than 20 clocks at The Red House! I’ve been making it easier for him to find many of those clocks. I’ve gathered them up and put them onto “Clock Walls”. The only downside to this is that Segal’s Law comes into play – Margy with one clock thinks she knows what time it is. Margy with two clocks is not quite sure.

There are fast clocks, there are slow clocks, there is one clock that is broken and it is only right twice a day…

This wall of clocks is ‘Memories Time’ – one clock is a gift from a daughter, one that The Car Guy’s dad made, one from the Middle East, one we saved from the flood at the cabin, one from a good friend, and one that a craftsman made from a slab of wood.

This week, the WordPress Photo Challenge is Time.

Life, Time, and Where Is it Going

The answer to the great question of… Life, the Universe and Everything…is… Forty-two.
– Douglas Adams –

Another answer, equally accurate, is Eleventy-seven. In this case, the question was a query about how many hits people were getting on their blog per day. But it is an equally valid answer for other great questions, yes?

The New Year seems to make people reflect on where their life has been and where it is going. For many bloggers, this is a time to think about, and perhaps reappraise why they blog.  Of the blogs I follow, a common motive for blogging is that the person had something to say, and they wanted to share with people who were willing to invest a bit of time to read their words.

Another  common thread I have found is that many bloggers were reluctant to share the existence  of their blog with the people they were closest to. I understand that. It is far easier to be judged or ignored by strangers, than it is to be judged or ignored by family and friends.  Of course, it takes a bit of time and effort to find these strangers, but once they are tracked down, a world of new ideas and information is at your fingertips.

And that brings me back to the thread that is running through this post. Time. A New Year reminds us that Time keeps marching on. There is only so much of it, and there is no guarantee how much of it you have left. So decide where you want to spend it, and with whom you want to spend it. That is the answer to the great question of Life, I think.

Time, obviously, is relative. Two weeks on a vacation is not the same as two weeks on a diet.
– Author Unknown –