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I Do Have A Second...Just One

December 30, 2008
Wetzel Chronicle

"When you have a second...."

That's a phrase I hear all the time, but I think maybe people around me use the time measurement of a minute more often because they know it will take longer than either of us want.

What will take longer? You name it, but it seems that is usually has to do with computers-the devices that are designed to make our lives better, easier, and faster.

Oh, I could camp on that one for a while, but right now I am concerned with a different technological device-the clock, or more specifically the atomic clock dictated by Coordinated Universal Time.

Today is actually one second longer as our world timekeepers need to add one second to keep this world on track. You see, we really do need more time in our lives.

I know I do, but I'm afraid one extra second just won't be enough. I would ideally like an extra Saturday in every week. Do you think someone would require or legislate that? I just don't have enough time for everything I need and want to do. I know most of you are in agreement.

A couple months ago a man said to me, "When you have some spare time I'd like to sit down with you and talk to you about. . ." After questioning the need for the meeting I said, "How about January or February?"

I think he thought I was kidding. I wasn't. Those are the slowest times in this newspaper business and if he wanted to find some of my "spare time" that was the best place to look.

I assume that meeting will be happening sometime soon. I'm sure I can spare time, but I wonder if he could fit it into this truly spare second?



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