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I Have Wasted Time And Now Doth Time Waste Me [Apr. 23rd, 2005|09:28 am]
Tony Grist
Most of the spam emails I get are trying to sell me viagra and cialis (the weekend viagra) but- by way of a refreshing change- I got one this morning from "Josh" pushing a "replica" Rolex. "Stun your friends," he said.

Sorry Josh, but I'm death to all watches. Last one I wore, I broke the strap within 24 hours. I don't do it on purpose, but I can't help fiddling with the damn things. And Ailz is worse. She can't wear one at all. Her subtle aura sends their delicate little innards doolally.

But, then, I've never really understood why a watch would be considered a desirable item of personal jewellery. A diamond is forever, but a watch's chief business is to remind you that you're not. It's a symbol of servitude. A slave bracelet. Hurry, hurry, hurry, rush, rush, rush; Get a move on and get things done before you arrive at the edge of Time and drop off.

Clocks are another matter; they're all right, they know their place; they don't cling to you like a watch does. Talking about dropping off, we've got a pendulum clock in the back room that wants to commit suicide. It's very lightweight and its rocking motion causes it to skitter forward towards the edge of its shelf. Every morning I have to push it back into place. That's my kind of timepiece- one I can pity and patronize. There, there, you poor little neurotic thing; life's not so bad really.

[User Picture]From: four_thorns
2005-04-24 09:43 am (UTC)
ha! this post gave me quite a laugh. i even read it out loud to the boy, who also enjoyed it.

i'm with you on watches-- i gave them up permanently last year, after one died and the next one's strap broke. at first i was a little nervous, but i've since realized how unnecessary they are. i don't have a clock to tell time by, either, though if i did, i would want it to be the old wind-up pendulum clock my parents have (by way of my great-grandmother's school-house). i don't suppose they'll ever give it to me, because every time i'm left in charge of it, i forget to wind it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-04-24 11:58 am (UTC)
I like my clocks to be so big they stay in one place.

I really covet one of those huge, old, long-case clocks you sometimes see on the Antique's Roadshow.
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