For Your Slow Friday


A couple of months ago, I bought a watch. Up until that point, every time I wanted to know what time it was, I was forced to do the Cell Phone Shake. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about because you do not own a cell phone (or pants for that matter), the Cell Phone Shake is that dance people inadvertently perform while trying to pull their cell phone out of their pocket. It looks a lot like they have a wedgie.


I enjoy having a watch. It’s very convenient. In fact, there is only one bad thing about it.

I own the loudest watch ever known to mankind.

You may think I am exaggerating, but I’m not. I am forced to sleep with my watch in another room because it’s hard to get your beauty rest when it sounds like the intro to 60 Minutes is being filmed right next to your head. It’s so loud, if you stuck your head out of the nearest window right now, there is a fair chance you might be able to hear my watch from wherever you’re at.

This, in itself, is not a huge problem. I can live with a loud watch. Aside from making my wife complain, there is really no negative to the volume of the second hand.

At least, I thought there wasn’t.

Turns out, there actually is.

It is mid-day Friday. That, of course, means tomorrow is Saturday (if you need a quick rundown on how days work, look up Rebecca Black on YouTube). I would like to be done with work today more than anything, but time has decided to pass at a leisurely pace today, and nothing seems to be making it move faster.

On my wrist, I have a constant reminder.


I’ve done everything to try and pass the time. First, I did my work. That is, after all, what you are supposed to do at work. Being the terrific employee that I am, I did this before anything else.

That took ten minutes.

Next, I got online. Since most websites are blocked, I am limited to news sites. Apparently, nothing has happened today. After finding out why Billy Ray Cyrus was a popular topic on CNN (He called off his divorce! Great news! Thank you, CNN, for bringing this joyous news to the world! Yippee! I hope it’s not too late to order a “No Achy Breaky Heart Here” cake from my local bakery…), I had exhausted this resource.

Only seven hours to go.


I finally took care of those last two pesky levels of Angry Birds. I checked my email. I answered a phone. I checked my email. I went back to the kitchen and made some tea. I checked my email.

I thought for a little bit about starting to pull pranks on my coworkers like on The Office. Unfortunately, today I only have one person working with me. She is my manager and she is a very nice lady. I couldn’t prank her.

So I’m forced to sit here and listen to Adult Contemporary music while I wait for the day to end.


I may kill some time smashing this stupid watch.


8 thoughts on “For Your Slow Friday

    • It isn’t that bad to me unless I am wishing time moved at an unnatural speed.

      You sound like my wife, though. She will make comments about how loud my watch is while we’re watching tv or listening to music. Apparently, my watch is louder than our record player.


  1. I must admit that I actually like the sound of a ticking watch…reminds me of my life disappearing one second at a time.

    Thanks for a great blog post. I definitely agree with the cell phone shake and enjoying wearing a watch.

    Keep up the good work!


    Kevin Hellriegel


  2. Sounds like you bought the watch from Hell. Maybe you should have gone digital.

    Now I’m wondering what kind of job you have that you have time to listen to your watch. I’m so busy at my office that I seldom no what time it is, and I can’t read my watch anyway and don’t want to pull out my phone to look at the time because that’s too obvious.


  3. My husband has a watch like that and that at some key hour it would do some “doodle-loodle-ohh” or some noise. I don’t know what he did with it, but thankfully it’s somewhere I can’t see/hear.

    So, we use the cell phone…but now, someone will send him an e-mail in the middle of the night which is linked to the phone and it makes a “bleep”

    He can sleep through it all, but not me! “What is that?” I ensure he wakes when I wake, which makes him hate the phone and ensures it’s in the living room or deep in his briefcase. What I really love is since his corporate office is on the East Coast, sometimes we get calls at 5am! (nice) There are (3) employees, Did they forget we’re in California?


    PS- Nathan- See my post (warning, it’s long) but you’ve been assigned a task. Meaning, I’m sending people to your site! So you are somewhat forced to participate??? If you still have a slow day left, you can start working on it!


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