Time-Friday 5 For January 20, 2012

1.     What was your first wristwatch like?

        This brings back such fond memories of the 80’s. My sister and I got Swatch watches for Christmas one year; I don’t remember how old we were, but I do remember what they looked like  Mine was pastel pink and teal and my sister’s was powder blue and purple, both with a stairstep design on the face.  Sometimes we would borrow each other’s watch and, in the grand tradition of Swatches, wear both at the same time to school. We also had those face guards on ours, which made a hard-to-read watch even more difficult to use. Still, they were more a fashion statement than anything else, so I don’t suppose actually knowing what time it was was part of wearing a Swatch. Now I see pictures of them listed online and they’re referred to as vintage, which of course, makes me feel old.

2.     What lately seems to be a thief of time?

          Well, life in general, I guess, but this time of year I find myself having more time than I do during football season and the holidays.

3.     What were yesterday’s quietest five minutes like?

          I was driving home from dinner with my husband in the snow.  Not too many people were out and about, and the snow was just starting to accumulate so the drive was slow and peaceful. I had some jazz music on the radio but that was it.

4.     In what way have you lately been saving time?

          I can’t really think of any way I’ve saved time lately. Kind of sad, huh?

5.     We are often charged hourly rates for labor, but we never get to reciprocate in kind when promised completion times don’t match actual completion. If you could bill people for the time you spend waiting, what would be a reasonable amount?

        I think it would have to relate to the amount of the labor being charged in the first place. If you keep me waiting a half hour more than you promised, then I only owe you half of the labor costs. If it’s an hour or more, than I don’t pay any labor fees. That would straighten things up quickly, I think.

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