I have a confession to make. In the age of the ubiquitous cell phone, I still wear a watch. You might think my watch wearing is therefore only a fashion statement, but believe me, that isn't really possible when you never pay more than twenty bucks for a timepiece. No, my reasons are purely utilitarian; I like to know what time it is. Sure, I could look at my phone, but I find it easier to check the time by just a quick glance at my wrist. I mostly use my watch at work, so I can keep looking at it during my breaks and lunch to make sure I get back to my wage slave desk in time. I even take it off when I'm working, but make sure to grab it and put it back on even for a bathroom break (don't want to get in trouble for being away from my desk too long), so, sure, I don't really enjoy watch wearing either, but I do find find it more convenient sometimes.
My current watch was a gift from my dad, and just a little more expensive than my usual watches. It isn't anything fancy, but did come with several interchangeable cloth bands. The bands get dirty over time, and the one I was using was looking quite filthy (so dirty I didn't want anyone to see it, so took to always wearing long-sleeved shirts while wearing it). Then I remembered I had one band left I hadn't used yet. Yeah, it was a strong florescent green in color, but what the heck, it was clean! I removed the old band and put the fresh one on yesterday morning. Hey, I suddenly had a brand-spanking new watch! I wouldn't have to hide it anymore (no, I would; that horrible green color). Oh well, it was clean! I put it proudly on and headed off for work.
On my way to work I kept looking at my watch. Damn I was making good time! I could even make a quick stop! I did so, then got back in my car, glanced again at my watch, and was amazed. I still had plenty of time and could drive the rest of the way without risking a speeding ticket. Shortly after, on the freeway, when I again checked the time on my watch, I knew something was wrong. It still said it was ten minutes before the hour. What the hell! It was ten minutes before the hour ten minutes ago! Then I noticed something was wrong with the second hand. It had fallen off and dropped away from the other hands! The watch was stopped.
I pulled into work a few minutes late. Maybe I should have checked the time while I was driving by pulling out my cell phone, but that would have risked a ticket for illegal cell phone use.
I guess it's off to Walmart tonight to buy new ten dollar watch.