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My newest gizmo
In the past 23 years, I have purchased three watches, all of them digital, and all manufactured by Casio. I paid about $44.00 for the first one, which I bought in January, 1983, during my final semester of law school. That one served me well, but wore out eventually, finally giving up the ghost completely 14 years after I purchased it. I paid $62.00 for my next Casio, purchased in April of 1997. Last summer it started behaving strangely, first with the hour signal ceasing to work, and later by occasionally deciding on its own to revert to the factory default settings, changing the time and date to January 1 at midnight. This has happened twice this month, most recently last night when I was visiting Borders. Since the purpose of wearing a watch is to be able to know the correct time, and since that purpose was defeated by an unreliable watch that decided on its own what time it wanted to show, I, in turn, decided it was time to buy a new one. Accordingly, I drove over to the nearest Target store, arriving there less than ten minutes before closing time. I never considered any brand but Casio, and within about five minutes knew which model I wanted. This one cost me about $80.00, and is a model 2608, powered by a solar battery. Its salient feature to me was that it can be set by the atomic clock at the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colorado, which broadcasts a continuous time signal on radio station WWV. (I have set my previous watches either by tuning in to WWV on my short-wave radio, or, during the years we lived in Utah, by the hourly tolling of the Nauvoo Bell at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, which was broadcast every hour on the hour on Salt Lake station KSL. When we lived in Ohio, I would sometimes place a long-distance call to KSL a couple of minutes before the top of the hour, then explain to the receptionist what I wanted to do; she would then connect me to the live broadcast, and I would simply wait a few moments for the sounding of the bell, by which I would set my watch. The Nauvoo Bell is set to the atomic clock in Boulder.) Later I found a phone number for WWV, which I began calling about twice a month. With this little gizmo, however, I merely push a couple of buttons, and it picks up the WWV signal all by itself and sets the watch accordingly. This watch also features the current time in 29 other cities around the world, including Teheran, which is 1/2 hour off the standard time elsewhere in its zone. It also has four alarms and a time-recording mechanism, although I doubt that I will ever need three of the alarms, or the recording mechanism, the purpose of which I haven't quite figured out yet. My wife is teasing me about the watch, but I don't particularly care. She likes to observe that "simple minds are easily entertained," and complains that I rarely wore a Sammy Sosa watch she got me a few years ago, during the home-run race he had with Mark McGwire. In fact, I liked that watch, too, and still have it somewhere. But it was analog, and more importantly, lacked the bells and whistles of the Casios I prefer to wear. As I explained to her, I'm a guy, and guys like gizmos. This one satisfies my desire to have a gizmo, while reliably giving me the correct time to the precise second. I wanted to share my new acquisition with my Flickr friends, although I do not expect this picture to make the Explore page. Taking it was a bit of a challenge, however. I took this picture in our back patio, next to the swimming pool, about an hour before sunset. My tripod was used. I held my arm in front of the camera -- way out, in fact, in order to get the autofocus to connect at the minimum focusing distance -- and then held that rather awkward position as best I could while I snapped the shutter. It reminded me just a bit of the explanation given by Rose Mary Woods, President Richard M. Nixon's secretary, of how she supposedly accidentally erased a crucial 18-1/2-minute segment of one of Nixon's Watergate tapes, by stretching into a ridiculously contorted position in order to answer the telephone. As I read the owner's manual later, however, I was disappointed to learn that this watch had one serious shortcoming. The date is calibrated precisely from January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2099, taking into account all leap years during that time. However, the watch will not function from and after January 1, 2100. That means I'll have to fork out money for another watch in slightly less than 94 years. Dang! They just don't make things the way they used to, do they?The Leuty Lifeguard Station in the Beaches ~
My sister-in-law's family lives down in the Beaches as we call it in Toronto and we love going for walks along the boardwalk. It was pretty busy this evening - people, kids and many many dogs of every description you can imagine, but this photo doesn't show it - lucky me. I had to lighten the shadows a bit as the natural light was fading quickly and only the top part was in the setting sunlight. This station has been here as long as I can remember - it's become a landmark now and is used as in many photos and paintings. The Beach neighbourhood is a village just 15 minutes from downtown Toronto. The beach - which borders Lake Ontario - is lined with over 3 km. of wooden boardwalk, ideal for strolling and people watching. Adjacent is a biking and roller-blading trail. The beach itself is wide, with dozens of volleyball courts, an Olympic swimming and diving pool and rental kiosks for sailboards and small boats. The neighbourhood extending several blocks from the water is a charming and fairly expensive residential area. The main thoroughfare, Queen St. East, reflects the diversity and easy-going attitudes of the local population. The street is lined with quaint antique shops, quirky stores, and a cool collection of bars and restaurants.
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