Monday, November 5, 2018

I REFUSE

I absolutely refuse to turn my clocks back an hour for Daylight Saving Time. 

It always complicates my intricately annoying lifestyle, upsets my inner sleep rhythm (whatever the heck that is), and subjects me to acute psychological trauma and confusion for months.

There are times when I don't sufficiently recover until spring - when we are suddenly forced to turn our clocks ahead an hour. By then my emotional stability is completely destroyed.

You didn't think I had emotional stability, did you?



If you want to play the brutal mind game of reversing time, by all means do it.

As for me - the only thing I consistently turn back is my age.


This grandfather clock is my favorite.
 I initially bought it for my mother nearly twenty years ago.

A little antique clock which I keep on my desk (I haven't dusted the desk since I first moved here, but that's beside the point).

Another one of my favorites.

This miniature grandfather clock used to be in my bedroom when I lived in Texas. Now - with all the clutter in this small house - I keep it in a different room.
That mysterious "dot" on the right side of the photo is not a ghostly orb. I think it was something on the camera lens.

German cuckoo clock

Another clock from my collection, with a plate and tea cup from the 1820's and an antique Dresden figurine.

I also have a cute wall clock that's still packed away somewhere. When it chimes on the hour a little hunter comes out and is chased by a bear.

If I ever find it I'll post a photo.
I'm sure your eager anticipation knows no bounds.

BTW-
someday I want to get one of these Kit Cat clocks. Two of my aunts used to have them when I was a child.
 (the Kit Cat Clock Company still makes them).
 

28 comments:

  1. The Kit Cat clock is unique. I always wanted a grandfather clock but never got one. Clocks interest me, as they do you, but the only ones I saw belonged to someone else.

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    1. There's something extremely intriguing about clocks. I've never considered myself to be a serious clock collector, but I do enjoy having various ones around the house. The Kit Cat clocks were first made in 1932 and the company (based in California) is still popular.

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  2. Jon,

    No wonder ou hate time changes with all those clocks to reset.

    Larry

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    1. I have even more clocks than the ones I showed, and resetting them is always a nightmare. This time around I decided to rebel and stand up for my beliefs. Besides, life is timeless here in the TN wilderness...

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  3. I remember seeing those kitty clocks a lot when I was a kid.

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    1. I was fascinated by those Kit Cat clocks when I was a kid. Back then they were electric plug-in clocks. Now they all run on batteries.

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  4. That (full-size) Grandfather clock is exquisite, Jon. Your mother must've been so thrilled! Given you're the only one that lives with this collection, I'd be similarly inclined to leave their hands alone. At least they're correct half of the year!

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    1. You're right - since I live alone here there's really no reason to turn all the clocks back, it's too much trouble. And when spring comes I'll (probably) be right on time!
      I should probably just use a sundial - - but there isn't much sunshine here in the TN woods.

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  5. Run for political office on a promise to end this silliness

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    1. Somebody should put an end to all of this clock-change crap......but I think I'll stay out of politics.

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  6. Just for grins I looked up vintage Kit Kat clocks on ebay. I had only seen them in black but they also came in blue, yellow and a copper color with rhinestone accents. The company made other clock figures also. I saw an owl, a bear and a dachshund with a fire hydrant.
    I was fascinated with the black cat as a child. I loved how the eyes moved back and forth (they did, didn't they?)

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    1. Those clocks always fascinated me, too, when I was a child. And, yes,the eyes do move back and forth.

      The Kit Cat Company started making the clocks back in 1932. I remember that the old ones were electric but now they all run on batteries. I like the black cats best, but they do make a variety of colors now - including orange, red, and aqua.
      They also now come in male and female style cats. The boy cats have a bow tie and the girls wear a necklace.

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    2. They have the regular size and a smaller size, too. The black one with the bow tie is the iconic one for me, too. Thanks for the link, Jon! :)

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    3. You're right, Rita - they do have the classic black cat in a smaller size (and I think it's ten dollars cheaper). I like the black cat best!

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  7. If you decided to sell some of your antiques you would be a wealthy man Jon. Smile.

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    1. I used to have a lot more antiques when I lived in Texas. I sold many of them and unfortunately got ripped off. I am a TERRIBLE businessman.

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  8. I don't blame you for refusing to set all those clocks back an hour. It really is a pain in the butt - and what for ? It was introduced as a temporary measure during the First World War - and we're still jimmying clocks around twice a year ... how annoying.

    You have an interesting assortment of clocks. I love that tall grandfather clock - does it work ? What a nice gift to your mother.

    I had to send you another email about Santa Claus, Indiana. Yes, it actually exists and that's why Indiana receives so all those letters to Santa. The place would drive me nuts ... lol.

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    1. Well, now I know why all those Santa letters go to Indiana! I wouldn't want to live in a place called Santa Claus.

      I finally decided that turning the clocks back is a useless, stupid, and annoying thing to do. I can exist nicely just by mentally subtracting an hour every time I look at a clock (until spring).

      The tall grandfather clock does work - it chimes nicely every hour and I never get tired of hearing it.

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    2. I remember reading a Woody Allen quip that artists Manet and Monet used to get each other's mail all the time.

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  9. I love your clocks. I wonder if there is a word for people with clock obsessions. I, too collect clocks. About 30 years ago I moved into a 100 year old rambling ol house and decided to decorate the walls of the formal living room exclusively with clocks and decided to be a purist and collect only those that had to be wound manually with a key. No electric or battery operated for me. Well, live and learn. I soon figured out that the effort to maintain these things was way more than I wanted to undertake. So now, generally speaking, the only ones running are battery operated clocks. The rest just hang there looking pretty and getting not much attention except an occasional dusting. Except the great old grandfather clock. I wind it occasionally and enjoy the chimes. Wonder what is our fascination with clocks. Do you have any compulsion to collect other things?

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    1. I think it would be wonderful to live in a 100 yr. old house!

      I really love old clocks that are hand-wound but - as you said - they are a real pain to maintain. Clocks with batteries are so much easier (as long as you don't run out of batteries). My grandfather clock is hand-wound. I have to wind it about once a week but I don't mind doing that.

      I have an extensive antique art collection. I used to have a great antique book collection (some from the 1700's) but the movers "lost" (or stole) ALL of them when I moved to Tennessee. I also collect old photos, mostly of famous people (original photos - not prints).

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  10. Photo? I want a video of the hunter and bear when the clock chimes! Annoying aren't I?

    I have never had a grandfather clock but have always loved them. You have so many clocks to change the time on I wouldn't bother, either. I might change one or two and leave the rest--like my alarm clock in case I have an appointment.

    I didn't know they still made the black cat wall clocks! That would be so cool to have one of those.

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    1. I'll have to extract the clock from my closet and see if it still works. If it does, I'll try to take a video with my El Cheapo digital camera.
      I really like the grandfather clock and I love to hear it chime. When I'm in bed at night I always know what time it is.

      The web address for the Kit Cat Clock Company is https://kit-cat.com
      I'm surprised that they still make them. They now have a wide variety of cat clocks in various colors (they also now have male and female cats). Some of them are rather pricey, but I think the basic black cat is about $50.

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  11. Jon, with all the beautiful and impressive antique clocks pictured, I see no conflict: They have seniority and authority over Daylight Savings Time.

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    1. You always manage to put things into poetic perspective, Geo. I like that.

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  12. You have some gorgeous clocks. Your cats must be bettered behaved than ours are. No way I'd put any of my antique dishware where they could get to it.

    Oh, I have a Kit Kat clock in my office. :)

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  13. My eldest cat Scratch is well-behaved but Bosco is like a tornado. I have to keep all of my treasured breakables on high shelves where Bosco can't tread (just last night he jumped on my antique desk and knocked some things over).

    I'm not surprised that you have a Kit Cat clock!

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