November 6, 2011

Little bit of time


Kaye and I have never wanted or needed an alarm clock. Regardless of early appointments, we're always up in plenty of time, even when she was scheduled to be in the kitchen of a local michigans restaurant at 6 a.m. during the summer.


I've always been a student of this whole time-concept thing with all its ramifications. I work hard when I'm having fun to make it appear to slow down. When things aren't going quite so well, I try to speed it up. I have a question for you: Why is it that as I grow older, time seems to go faster and faster? From Sunday to Sunday now feels like about three days. When I was 14, time moved ponderously. I couldn't wait for 16 so I could get my driver's license. Then I couldn't wait for 18 so I could vote. So it went until I reached a point when the old clock on the wall began to turn faster and faster. I'm reminded of a great song by Chicago recorded in 1969: "Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is?"

With digital clocks on our cellphones and computers, we can get close to the exact time whenever we want. You certainly can't do that by walking around my house and looking at all those round clock faces. It's impossible for me to synchronize them because of their age. And, to tell the truth, it doesn't matter to me if it takes five minutes for all of them to chime 12 o'clock. Heck, I even have a great old mantle clock that likes 12 o'clock so well it also chimes a dozen times at 1.

Set your clocks back an hour, change batteries in your smoke detectors, have a great day, and please, drive carefully.

Gordie Little was for many years a well-known radio personality in the North Country and now hosts the "Our Little Corner" television program for Home Town Cable. Anyone with comments for him may send them to the newspaper or email him at

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