Many many years ago I bought myself a digital watch.
It was a cheap one, but I bought it because it still had hands on it, but it told the date and month in a little window.
The reason I liked this was because I always had difficulty remembering the precise day of the month, and that is important when writing cheques or remembering court appearances.
Even though it was a cheap watch, it kept remarkable time, and was accurate to a few seconds a month. Now, everyone knows that time is exceptionally important when programming ICBMs so this was a big plus in favour of the watch. Eventually, it broke down, and I replaced it with an identical model, which turned out to be just as reliable. In fact, I’m on my third one now and it is as accurate as the previous two.
Initially, I used to use it to get the day of the month. However, as the sands of time trickled down, I found myself using the month of the year feature more and more. I now regularly check my watch to see what day of the week it is, and occasionally check the month too.
Yesterday, I had to write a cheque. Do you think I could remember what year it was? Not a fucking chance, and the watch doesn’t stretch that far. I had to do some fairly careful mathematics. I know what age I am and had to work back from there. I eventually calculated the year and wrote the cheque.
Is anyone planning anything fancy for the turn of the millennium next December?