Sunday, December 23, 2012

Public Time Keeper

I was delighted to notice as I rode into town on North Roosevelt Boulevard that there is now a clock posted on a strategic spot about five minutes from my work place. My wife and I meet at the Courtyard by Marriott from time to time for coffee. They have a Starbucks outlet and comfortable indoor or outdoor seating and it's not crowded, not what might be described as a cool "local's hang out" but it is a great spot to know about.
When I pulled up there on Wednesday I noticed the illuminated clock underneath the hotel sign, with no just the time but the date too. My cup floweth over! It has occurred to me that the proliferation of time keeping devices, accurate to carbon dated atomic precision has obviated the historic need for public time keeping. Nowadays any car and many motorcycle instrument clusters include clocks and it is true I like to add a digital timepiece to any old fashioned motorcycle in my life tha doesn't come equipped with a clock. But the public affirmation of The Time is a cool thing in my opinion.
The clock tower at Old City Hall on Greene Street does the same thing and did it in an era when keeping track of the time was an expensive and necessary thing. A clock tower was genuinely useful, and frequently beautiful too. granted the hotel digital display isn't necessarily beautiful but I will give it a glance when I go past Kennedy Drive to make sure I will be getting to work on time. It's a quality of life thing for anal compulsives like myself.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Key West Picture Show is a favorite film from the mid 1970's that starts with a short segment " it's noon in Key West" and then shows clocks around town (all wrong!) - a bullseye from days gone by; here is the trailer (sans the bit about the clocks)