Saturday, May 16, 2009

Timekeeper timeout

I read in this morning's Trib that parking at some of my favorite beaches will now cost $1 per hour. That would include the beach next to the planetarium and the 63rd street beach. I'm hotter than my tender toes on the sand of an August afternoon!

The problem is not the money, it's that there's now another place I have to keep track of time. Since I don't wear a watch, I'll have to take my cell phone to know if my meter's running out. It feels like such an invasion of my privacy. I just don't want to have to keep track of time everywhere I go.

I don't like to know what time it is down the very minute, the exact purpose of a parking meter. In our home, the hands on clocks throughout the house are at various times. It was once suggested that I live on MST, Marji Standard Time. My own time zone.
How cool is that?

I haven't had enough time to figure out a solution but I'm leaning toward putting a stick in the sand and guesstimating when an hour has passed based on my sundial. Or maybe an hour glass.

Regardless of the time piece, this is just another reminder of how the passing of time always has a cost. But do we really have to measure it on parking meters at the beach and pay for it on a credit card as well? Time will tell.


Jenny said...


This is so interesting--I was just thinking about Hawaii time and how it contrasts from other places. Here, for the most part, people just do whatever they're going to do, take their time, and then go on to the next thing, which means that people are often late, appointments really aren't fixed but remain generally flexible.

For me, this sense of time is very comforting, because that's how I live naturally, but it has always gotten me into trouble. Anyway, this is yet another subject I would love to discuss with you over coffee.

marji said...

Hawaii time sounds like a match for me, too. Time is the great equalizer in life. It's what we all have in equal amounts each day we're here. I find it both challenging and comforting to contemplate "What I am doing today?" Right now? Cleaning up the yard! Coffee at your place, ok?

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