Thursday, June 04, 2009

Why the Slate and Gravel Rock Quarry Didn't Make It

Today’s Theme Thursday is CLOCKS

Remember Fred and Barney from The Flintstones working for Mr. Slate at the Rock Quarry? Well, the problem with caveman industry is that they only had sun dials for time keeping. Sun Dials were the time measurement clock of early times but that night shift? Yeah, they never made it in or out on time because…well…it’s a bit difficult to interpret the sun’s shadows when it’s not there! Night time has a way of ruining things like solar technology and sun dial technology. Thank God the Flintstones went into the children’s vitamin route or they might not have survived to modern times.

Of course that eventually got replaced by the pendulum clock in the 17th century. But don’t be fooled into thinking they had this cool ninja pendulum clock back then. We had to wait many centuries until people had too much time on their hands to be able to covet this one:

Today though, you can even get a digital clock display on your T-Shirt. It’s handy; you don’t have people constantly asking you what time it is while you’re walking around. Personally, I think if you’re going to go into the display T-Shirt business, this would be more fun:


The only thing I’ll say about clocks is that I don’t like those people that set all their clocks 10 minutes fast so they’ll always be on time because they are habitually late. I’m sorry…you just cannot live in the future! That awful TV show you want to watch is not going to start 10 minutes early just because you set your watch to it. I know…try to be on time! Duh.

52 comments:

Roy Scribner said...

I'm catching a flight in Florida, but what is your excuse for posting about clocks at three in the morning? Can I use the countdown t-shirt today? That should be plenty to get me home...

lime said...

ok, the shirt cracks me up.

Jaime said...

the life countdown one would be a big hit with colleges. can you imagine the pick up lines. "baby, i just have one night left to live. don't make me spend it alone"

The Silver Fox said...

Another "yes" vote for the Life Countdown Shirt. If you decide to market them, let me know.

gab said...

like the shirt but need more time.
Love clocks some day I'll will do a post on all of ours. Of course mind you all of them are from "the olden days"

moooooog35 said...

I'm one of those people who sets their clocks ahead.

It's awesome living in the future.

By the way, you might want to make sure there's toilet paper in the roll before you poo in about 5 minutes.

See?

Awesome power.

willow said...

The sundial watch. Now that's a novel idea. It wouldn't work half the time in central Ohio, though.

Maureen said...

Ha! Love the shirt, although I'd be afraid to wear it once it gets down to double digits....

Jacki said...

My fave is the T-shirt.

Oh, and I would still like to go to Dubai just to experience it. I'd really like to go to Saudi Arabia, but I highly doubt that they would welcome me. ;-)

Marianna said...

I want a T-shirt like that lol

The Incredible Woody said...

If my husband does not arrive 15 minutes early, he thinks he is late. Drives me batty!!

ReformingGeek said...

Dang, VE! This post reminds me that I have lost one of my watches. How will I ever get thru the day without a watch?

Yeah, right. There are evil time devices everywhere. They are obviously employed by our government to spy on us.

Ha!

Anyhowsit, I think that moooooo35 guy is hung up on poo today. Maybe he needs an Ex-lax or Kaopectate?

Quirkyloon said...

Whoa.

You got one hairy wrist VE.

That. (tick, tock)

Scares.(tick, tock)

Me!

VE said...

roy - VE is always posting or commenting...always! Well...except when he is not that is

lime - I'll have to look into them!

jaime - Ha! I would have tried that in College!

silver fox - Will do! I'll look into it.

gab - Olden days? Like the 50s?

moooooog35 - You are so bad!

willow - Yeah...it would only work about 4 months here in Portland. I don't think gray and raining would create a shadow...

maureen - Think of all the sympathy you'd get though!

jacki - Well, then you are like me. I went there to experience it. Be sure to visit the indoor ski slope; that was unusual...

marianna - If only there were some. I'm looking into it.

incredible woody - That would drive me batty too. Secretly set his clocks back...

reforminggeek - Sorry about the watch. Oh...and don't go encouraging moooooog35 either. He lives for poo!

quirky - Now you know better than to think I'd actually take a picture of my own arm. Scandalous!

Poetikat said...

Loved the Flintstones bit! I always wondered why they were never on time. Now I know (after all these many long years).

Kat

VE said...

poetikat - The stone age was a difficult time. They couldn't even Twitter...

Gladys said...

My sister is one of those people who is always late. i think she might be Wilma Flinstone reincarnated. I mean she wears the big rock necklace and the fur dress. Anyway we always tell her that we are meeting a hour before we actually plan on being there that way she will only be an hour late. She just tells us we are all rushing to an early grave while she on the other hand will be late to her own funeral.

VE said...

gladys - Ha! Well, I'm thinking being late to your own funeral might be a good thing! As far as anywhere else, it is fine to be casual about time management except when it impacts others; then it is just disrespectful.

Debo Hobo said...

It is good the Flintstones diversified. I want one of those t-shirts.

California Girl said...

Fun images for the clock/time factor. I think you should have opened with the Quarry horn blasting tho'.

Elizabeth said...

The Flintstones knew when it was quitting time becasue they pulled that bird's tail to make it sound like a whistle. Poor bird, gitting it's tail pulled twice a day.a

VE said...

debo - Diversification is the key to survival

california girl - Ha! Now that would have been fun. I can never seem to put sound on my blog though. I've tried too.

elizabeth - But one has to wonder how they knew when to pull the birds tail.

Ronda Laveen said...

Heyyyyyy!!! I'm one of "THOSE PEOPLE" who set their watches 10 minutes ahead. And its got nothing to do with the being late thing. It has everything to do with BAR time. Wouldn't want to miss: Last call for alcohol. No pitchers. No Blenders. Cheers.

VE said...

ronda - Now Ronda, just order a bunch of drinks and fill your camelback with them. You'll be good to go...

Wings said...

Cool - Love the ninja clock!

VE said...

wings - Ninjas are always cool...unless they're after you that is...

Brian Miller said...

ha. if it would only work the first one look very cool. ninja star - don't make me man or i'll throw my clock at you.

Anne said...

my alarm is set 12 minutes early so I can hit the snooze and still be on time. all the rest of my clocks are exactly right. the atomic clock web site is my friend.

VE said...

brian - Yes...I'm afraid, like most things, it's all show...

anne - That's denial Anne...denial. Just sayin'...

Tom said...

Love the sundail clock..cool...
and i only set my Alarm clock 10 minutes fast...Why don't i just set the alarm 10 minutes earlier? Who do i think i'm kidding!!?

Baino said...

I only have one clock but tempted to get a ninja just for the conversation piece! Nope, don't want the t shirt . . .I prefer the element of surprise! I don't set my clocks forward but for some reason, I forget to change the one in my car from daylight saving time so it's an hour ahead . .just lazy.

VE said...

tom - Ha...it's denial, Tom. Denial! Oh well...whatever system works I guess...

baino - Of course, who wouldn't want a ninja pendulum clock!

Megan said...

I think watches are more fashion statements than anything else these days.

Mrsupole said...

Those are some cool clocks. My husband sets his alarm clock ten minutes fast and it drives me crazy. I fix it to the correct time every chance I get. Lately he has been keeping it at the correct time. Maybe he has figured out how silly it is. He is never late to anything. He thinks if he is not there an hour early then he is late.

I on the other hand love to be late. Well except for trains, planes, and if I rode buses, those too. I figure my doctor always makes me wait when I am early, so I just get their late and screw up his whole schedule now. When in school I was never late. But as an adult, I have learned to be stylishly late to certain things. My whole family is that way. For family get togethers we always tell each other that it starts an hour earlier and maybe we will be there on time. For the other guests we give them the correct time. This had worked great for many years, but now we are wise to the plan and still get there late. I think this just means we don't really want to go.

Thank you for sharing about these clocks. God bless.

Serena said...

I'd buy the countdown tee-shirt. There are even places I'd wear it to.:)

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

The clock at the art school I attend is missing the 11. It took me two semesters to figure that out.

VE said...

megan - Mine folds out into a pup tent and recliner. It's for those long lines for tickets...

mrsupole - Do like me and start hiring people to represent you at family reunions

serena - It's good at funerals...

perpetual chocoholic - Does that mean you have recess for an hour?

Chris @ Maugeritaville said...

That "life countdown" one is kinda creepy. Besides, some people I know would just kill people to prove their shirt wrong.

Dakota Bear said...

I never understood why people set their clocks ahead. Who are they trying to fool? If you know your clock is ten minutes fast than you just compensate for the time and are still late.

Janna said...

I like the sundial watch, even though I know it'd be worthless most of the time.

It'd make a good conversation piece.

Plus, if you were in a boring meeting and wanted to leave, all you'd have to do is just glance at your sundial and gasp "Oh, no, I'm LATE!" ... then hurry off somewhere else.

Ronda Laveen said...

VE: Was that fill my camelback with drinks or my camel toe? I'm so confused.

P.S. That is one kick-ass Ninja clock!

subtorp77 said...

Heh, heh, heh! With the right programme( an a determined hacker )you can watch those shows, earlier! And I want one of those "ninja" clocks....

VE said...

chris - Yeah, since nobody really knows anyway, it would just be a guess as to what age you punch in from to count it down. Anything could change that.

dakota - They are in denial! But I don't worry about it...whatever works I guess...

janna - It does look cool. Perhaps you could flip it up to reveal an actual watch if you needed the time...

ronda - Ha! No, I was referring to the backpack thingy. Ninjas use them all the time to stay hyrdrated too!

subtorp77 - I was just waiting for somebody to point that out! I should have known. Yes, everyone wants that ninja clock...

Candie Bracci said...

Ah VE!great post!:)

VE said...

candie - Why thank you...

Kris said...

What if the shirt tells you you're set to die today?

VE said...

kris - Spend it like there's no tomorrow! Of course if the shirt is wrong...well...oops.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

That shirt just threw me into a mid life crisis!! I love it, but it scares the crap out of me!

VE said...

Could be worse...could be a bell curve that shows you on the down side of vertical!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Ha! That's true!!

Dalton J. Fox said...

10 minutes fast? Hell, my alarm clock is 45 minutes fast and I'm still always late!

VE said...

dalton - You might have an easy time when we go back to standard time...other than getting someplace on time that is...