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May 29, 2014
Posted at 8:04 am
Updated: June 11, 2014 - 3:44 am
 

A True Account 2

As I read, the violent blizzard raging across the state, I became more and more aware of the dangers present in possessing the physical evidence of a truly remarkable adventure. When I started reading, I could imagine the chagrin of an adolescent unable to wear a watch, or, for that matter, be near a windup. The sheer idea that a person had to live their life commanded by an object attached to their wrist was confusing. The wrist, in this case, led to a mysterious object; pocket watch. I turned on my ancient machine, connected to Cyberspace.gov, and began a search for pocket watch. As events turned out, the search was a serious mistake. Evidently 'pocket watch' was a flagged term.

A pocket watch (or pocketwatch) is a watch that is made to be carried in a pocket, as opposed to a wristwatch, which is strapped to the wrist. They were the most common type of watch from their development in the 16th century until wristwatches became popular after World War I during which a transitional design, trench watches, were used by the military. Pocket watches generally have an attached chain to allow them to be secured to a waistcoat, lapel, or belt loop, and to prevent them from being dropped. Watches were also mounted on a short leather strap or fob, when a long chain would have been cumbersome or likely to catch on things. This fob could also provide a protective flap over their face and crystal. Women's watches were normally of this form, with a watch fob that was more decorative than protective. Chains were frequently decorated with a silver or enamel pendant, often carrying the arms of some club or society, which by association also became known as a fob. Ostensibly "practical" gadgets such as a watch winding key, vesta case or a cigar cutter also appeared on watch chains, although usually in an overly decorated style. Also common are fasteners designed to be put through a buttonhole and worn in a jacket or waistcoat, this sort being frequently associated with and named after train conductors.*Cyberspace.gov*

As inventions go, time is surely one of the longest lasting. But does time predate the watch?

I left my 'computer' powered up for I shall certainly need the search mode again. That, too, proved to be a second or third mistake, if one considers the purchase of my seat after the auction, the first mistake.

With the snow piling up and the streets impassible, I violated the law and burned scrap wood in my ancient implement called a potbelly stove. I do love the smell and the flat top is a place to keep my 'coffee' hot. Eccentricity? Probably. I assume it is to be expected, after all, I do collect books.