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Do You Know What Time It Is? - Wordulator : Wordulator

Sitting at my desk on a Friday evening, papers scattered about, waiting for the big storm to hit this weekend, I took a look around and counted no fewer than eleven clocks within my view. My wristwatch (an elegant Swiss Army streamlined watch that goes with everything), an international clock with a map that I can touch to see what time it is anywhere in the world, the clock in the corner of my Lenovo notebook, on the all-in-one Brother printer, another international clock–kinda cool one from the soon-to-be defunct Sharper Image, an old fashioned throw in your suitcase alarm clock that ticks so loudly we can’t keep it in the bedroom, the clock on our new HD tabletop radio, the clock on my phone, on my camera, not to mention a couple of giveaway watches in my desk drawer like one from Time Magazine (get it, TIME?) whose battery long ago ran out.

I am fascinated with time and timepieces and own no fewer than six wristwatches not counting the solid gold windup watch that is way too dainty for me and may be considered an antique by my niece. So when my husband and I went to the British Museum and saw a fabulous display of historic timepieces, I was in heaven.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moKu7PWALro] This a wonderful rolling ball clock — something like that game we all played with the knobs that tilt the board and you try to keep the steel ball from falling through the holes. Well this one goes back to the London Royal Exchange around 1820. Designed by Santiago James Moor French, the steel ball takes 30 seconds to roll from one end of platform to the other. When it reaches the far end, it releases a catch and a spring tilts that end of the table up and the ball rolls in the other direction. Total distance traveled? About 2,500 miles a year.

Table clock in the form of a ship.  Germany 1585And here is a real conversation piece going back to Germany around 1585. Park this medieval galleon on your dinner table and watch the tops of the masts twirl and a tiny organ inside play music. Sailors in the crows nest strike the quarter hour, the front cannon automatically fires, igniting other guns. When they say duck! they weren’t referring to what was being served that night. Oh and it tells time too. There’s a clock dial under the double-headed eagle.

There’s never enough time, something I would not have believed in sixth grade classroom, watching the minute hand snap ever so slowly from one minute to the next. Despite my many timepieces, I run late for appointments and am always amazed when the East Coast’s workday draws to a close and I can no longer reach people in their offices. There are good times, bad times, hard times. We tend to categorize and pigeonhole economic, political and social trends into “times” of self-fulfilling prophecies that engulf every aspect of our lives like yawning whales. We allow ourselves to be dragged down into murky depths consumed by society’s malaises. If at all possible, we must rise up and not give in to negative times. We ourselves make the good times, the hope, those times of laughter, because one thing is for sure, there’s never, ever enough time.

So laisser les bon temps rouler. Vote. Create. Learn. Laugh. Relish and respect what you put in your body. And above all, take the time to love.

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