Saturday, July 26, 2008

Watch

Today I was looking at some watches. This is what you do when you're killing time in Walmart, waiting for your photos. You also might find yourself in the craft aisle and wonder how you got there and how you can get out. If you're really desperate, you'll sit on the stools by the clothing pattern books and flip through and look at patterns. As you can see, it was a very long hour.

But I did need a watch. Watches are very difficult. I need to really love it. It needs to speak to me in some way. When I was young, like 12 or 13 years, I got a watch for my birthday that was the coolest thing I have ever seen. The face was large, which I liked, and the numbers were actually musical..um... notation. Devices. One second. *time passes* Ok, they were musical accidentals and articulation. (I had to look it up) So instead of numbers there would be a sharp sign, a flat sign, a rest sign, etc. AWESOME. The hands were red and normal except the second hand--OH! It was about 10 piano keys. The second hand took up 1/4 of the face and it would all move each second (as a second hand should). I wish i could show you a picture. Wow. I miss you watch. (i put it in the laundry)

When selecting a watch, something that is really important to me is my ability to tell time when i look at it. I know. But I hate all those fancy "grown up" watches where there are 4 numbers and they're not even numbers, they're little specks. And then nothing in between. And then if it's rectangular--ahhhh.. i just can't read it and if you ask me what time it is i will tell you "mm... sometime between the hours of 3 & 6, give or take."

So I looked at some watches today in the shop. They were all stupid. And they weren't saying anything to me except "I'm an ugly piece of crap." I expected this. It's not often something really jumps out at me and, resigned, i was about to walk away but then I saw it. Perfect.

simple. elegant. digital.



p.s. despite its professional, Movado-esque look, this photo was amazingly awkward to take. Thanks to it, I can now call myself a contortionist. And i wish i had turned the watch upside down so it didn't read h:02 o'clock.

9 comments:

Rob said...

I have gone watchless for a year and half now. I'm a cell phone clock guy now. Especially since a watch would end up very close to hundreds of mouths, and I wash my hands about 40 times a day which all equals an icky watch.

But since I ASSUME your watch will not be near many open mouths, I would say you made a nice selection.

Jen said...

I first read that as "I would say you made a nice skeleton." And I was going to say, "that's weird, and thanks." ha.

The Richards said...

Very cool watch, Jen! I love watches. In fourth grade, the only thing I wanted was a calculator watch, and I wore it through high school until it broke. The part where the band goes shredded open and it's unwearable now. But it's still in a box at my parents' home!

Jen said...

You should re-band (<-- that's a nice word) that sucker because good watches are like leprechans. Yes, leprechans. They're so wonderful, I'm not sure they're even real. Ha ha ha. I think that may be the stupidest thing i've ever said. I'm sticking to it. *publish*

Sean said...

Sporty, simple, to-the-point... it has your name all over it. Wait, your name is Armitron, right?

Jen said...

It SHOULD be!! I'm glad you noticed that because armitron makes it like a trillion times cooler.

Jen said...

it is so awesome when i see that i've commented on everyone's comment. super neat.

The Pedersen Posse said...

I remember being completely jealous of your favorite watch you got when you were 12 or 13. I remember staring at it and wondering how it would look on my wrist. It is still the coolest watch I have seen.

Jen said...

Ha ha! You would stare at it and picture it on your wrist?? That is the best thing i have ever heard. It truly was the coolest watch in the galaxy. I'm glad someone else has memories of it.