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I used to always wear a watch. It was this timex, good for workouts and everything. I started timing everything. Just setting the timer all the time, or setting it to count down something. Lap times. Travel times. Cooking times.

Then I learned that I could set it to beep every hour on the hour, which was so beautiful... I would look down at it and at any given time of any given day, I knew what time it was without even thinking about it.

It was fun for a while until I realized that every beep represented more than just my awareness of the time... it was hours gone by. Another sixty minutes of my life. Another unit closer to DEATH. Do most people think about their watch beeping like that? Probably not. Most people don't overthink things like I do. But this really bothered me.

So I quit wearing a watch. Haven't worn one for, oh, I'd say two years now. That's that.

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parcimony
Jun. 3rd, 2003 07:49 pm (UTC)
I gave up wearing a watch years ago. I just got tired of feeling controlled by a clock.
pasquinade
Jun. 3rd, 2003 07:55 pm (UTC)
I stopped wearing a watch years ago partly because I just dislike wearing any sort of jewelry whether it be a watch, a ring or whatever. But the one thing that pushed me over the edge was something a friend of mine pointed out.

You meet more people when you're always having to ask the time.
crisco747
Jun. 3rd, 2003 10:00 pm (UTC)
How is that not more of a reason to wear a watch? :)
tweekers
Jun. 3rd, 2003 11:58 pm (UTC)
I don't blame you not wearing a watch, I gave up about twelve years ago, now I only carry one when I have to know the time... such as today when I go in to town and don't want to miss the only bus back for two days.
poetic_soul
Jun. 4th, 2003 04:53 am (UTC)
It is "Easy" to overthink subjects... Specially when you are insatiably curious or passionate about life, as you are. Yet, in spite of any difficulty... I'd rather taste life through such irony; than drift downstream with people who never have awakened their imagination.
epi_lj
Jun. 4th, 2003 06:45 am (UTC)
Being up north camping was very weird. My cell phone is how I tell time and it couldn't sync up there. clawfoot didn't bring any time pieces with her. As a result, we never had any idea what time it was. My Palm Pilot or the car could give us the time if we wanted, but that was more of a hassle, and we never bothered. Because it's a ways from here, the sun came up and went down at different times than home, plus I just got back from travel and my sense of time is a little whacked anyway. All of this colluded to make us feel lost in time, having almost zero clue when it was, often not even 100% sure what time of day it was if we couldn't see the sun. Weird feeling, but oddly freeing.
chuggy
Jun. 4th, 2003 02:16 pm (UTC)
I have a watch but its usually in my pocket or left lying around somewere. The other habit that i have is that i dont change it when the clocks go an hour forward.
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