I’ve been thinking about time lately. Time, timers, alarm clocks and regular old clocks and watches. I had all these thoughts bouncing around in my head and I thought: maybe the SoCS prompt will be about ‘time’ and I’ll be able to set these thoughts free.
What do I get? Beef. Beef?
“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “beef.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!”
I guess I could have started by saying that I have a beef with Linda for not choosing ‘time’ but that’s forced. Still, ‘time’ is what the voices in my head are clamoring to talk about. Oh, wait, there is a connection. Yes, I think this will work.
Beef is one of the few things for which I bring out the timer. On the too few occasions when I cook steaks on my Big Green Egg, I make sure that I sear the beef on both sides for exactly 2 minutes. I actually have a timer setting on my iPhone for this. Other than that, I don’t need alarms or timers to get through the day.
I have been waking without the aid of a clock for as long as I can remember having to get up on my own. Before that, waking was orchestrated by my dad and no clock was required. I still set an alarm for travel related activities and odd work requirements but I can’t remember the last time I was woken by an alarm. One extreme example was a time when I was in Florida: I set an alarm for 2:15 am, to get up with enough time to shower, pack and get to the airport by 4:00 am. I woke up at 2:10.
I don’t know why this happens.
I have heard other people say that they don’t need a clock, and I know people who are late for things anytime their alarm clock/phone/sun dial fails to go off. I don’t know what genes wind one person’s internal clock but hit the snooze button on others. This is a case of me simply playing the hand I’ve been dealt.
I typically get up at 5:00 am. I wake before that. On the very best of days, I wake at 4:56. I love consecutive numbers, and 4:56 (am or pm, it doesn’t matter) is my favorite time of the day.
Did you know that the consecutive pairs within any hour that has them are 24 minutes apart?
2:10 and 2:34
3:21 and 3:45
4:32 and 4:56
5:43 and 5:67 – yes, I know there’s no 5:67 but it’s 24 minutes after 5:43 and if I told you that it’s 5:67, you would probably realize that it’s 6:07. You might give me a funny look, but you would know what time it was.
The most interesting consecutive number time, of course is 12:34 but I still prefer 4:56. 12:34 (am or pm, it doesn’t matter) doesn’t have a consecutive partner. 12:10 is close ‘cuz 2-1-0 is 24 minutes before 12:34, but it doesn’t work.
Ironically, even though I enjoy looking at consecutive numbers, I have always had an affinity for analog watches and clock faces. When I was in high school, digital watches had just hit the market. I had one for a while, but you had to press a button to display the time. I didn’t like that because it made looking at my watch one of those awkward “excuse me while I figure out how long I’ve been listening to you” moments.
One of the things I hate about my new Microsoft Surface at work is that, in Windows 10, Microsoft got rid of the Gadgets. I have an analog clock Gadget on my Windows 7 desktop and I was sad when I couldn’t keep that going forward.
By the way, the reason you had to press the button on those early digital watches was because battery technology wasn’t as good as it is today. An always-on display back then would have eaten batteries the way I eat M&Ms.
Actually, the way I eat M&Ms hints to a different aspect of OCD behavior. I like to organize them into groups by color and begin by eating the colors with the least M&Ms. I don’t have any rules about which color to eat in the event of a tie (I’m not crazy OCD). Of course, I only do this if I’m sitting, by myself, at a table. Otherwise, I just toss them down right out of the bag or bowl.
As for that hunk of beef cooking on the Big Green Egg, I’ll take mine medium, but I’ll determine that by pressing on it to see how firm it is. Once seared, I put the timer away.