I glanced at my watch this morning.
Something caught my eye – the date. The First of January? That can’t be right? I know it’s a bit cooler today than it was yesterday but we sat out in the garden yesterday and that’s not something I would normally do mid-winter.
I checked the time. That was right. Just after eleven. So I checked the digital time. 6:45am. There’s something wrong here? It’s bright outside, or rather it’s a hell of a lot brighter than it should be if this is January.
I happen to know what the date is supposed to be today because it’s Grandson the Younger’s birthday. He’s eleven but I swear it was only a year or two since he was in Infants Class. But if it’s January then I was a bit hasty yesterday bringing down a wee gift for him?
Anyhows – back to the watch – I fired up the laptop and sure enough it’s April and it’s even the 25th. Just to be sure, I checked my phone. It also thinks it’s the 25th of April. Bugger! The watch has been out voted so it must be at fault. But why? Or how?
I’m quite fussy about watches. My needs are simple but it’s amazing how difficult it is to find a watch that satisfies my simple needs. I want an analogue display because it’s what I’m used to. The hands on the display should be a contrasting colour to the back so I can read the watch in dim light. I would also want it to display the day and date as they frequently confuse me. I want it to be reasonably long-lasting, so no plastic straps or knobs that will break off, but I want it to be
cheap reasonably priced.
The watch I have now I bought some years ago. It has all my requirements including a moxy load that I don’t want and have never used. It has a stop-watch, an alarm, an ability to tell the time in other cities and stuff like that. It can even store phone numbers which is a bit fucking stupid as it isn’t a phone. Presumably if I want to phone someone I will have a phone and that can store my numbers for me? It also is supposed to have a ten year battery but I can’t remember when I bought it. Leastwise it has always kept perfect time, or at least as near perfection as my needs require. The only thing that’s wrong with it is that it has silver hands and a silver dial which is a bit fucking stupid, but it’s something I learned to live with. All good, until now.
Just in case my watch is going wonky I did a quick search online. Fuck but they’re getting pricey? And they are starting to add “features” that would drive me demented. I do not want to know what my hearbeat is. Nor do I want to know my altitude or how deep I am underwater [if I’m that deep, I’m drowned anyway so what’s the point?]. I do not want my watch to connect to the Interweb as that is pointless also. Also I just want a plain dial and not one that’s cluttered up with mini-dials all telling me the phase of the moon or the state of the tide or some equally pointless tripe.
I gave up searching and with some difficulty programmed the date and time back in so it is now correct again.
But just in case I’m wrong and the watch was right: Happy New Year everyone.