"What time is it?"
A simple question that used to have a simple answer.
- Look at watch or clock
Violent abuse of Moore's Law has changed this up a bit.
- Look at smartphone.
- Check office and personal email while you're at it.
- Also check to-do list and calendar.
- Suddenly remember that you forgot to tell someone at the office something important.
- Call office.
- Notice Mother's number in the quick dial list and realize you haven't called in weeks.
- Call Mom.
- Call customer to answer question asked in another glanced at email because hammering out a email response with your thumb is a royal pain.
- Remote into a server to see why it sent you the panicked email you glanced at before making all the damned calls.
- Become aware of the passage of large chunks of time.
- Ask self, "What time is it?"
To break this cycle, I dug out two of my watches. Both had dead batteries and thus were taken to a jeweler to have new ones installed.
The results of this trip will not be chronicled. Suffice it to say, it was a mistake1
One fifteen minute visit to Amazon followed by two day's shipping and handling later, I am wearing a Seiko Kinetic. No winding. No battery replacement. No, "I'm at work 24/7", rabbit hole.
And I couldn't be happier.
- I now have a Mondaine I need to take to a real jeweler to have the backplate reattached. Fortunately, the air-headed eye-candy staffing the place was outsmarted by the Seiko and it managed to escape it's companion's fate. ↩