25 April 2005
Time is on my side
Yes, it is.
Everyone knows some intervals of time besides the standard units. For instance, if you need x number of seconds, you can start reciting "One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi...." up to x Mississippi, or the point at which you start dropping syllables, whichever comes first. Play the Minute Waltz three times, and you've just timed a three-minute egg, assuming you wanted a three-minute egg.
The following intervals are less useful, but they do seem to come up a lot in my life.
2 seconds: How long it takes the guy behind me to blow his horn in the left-turn lane at May and Britton when the light turns green.
45 seconds: How long it takes to fix my hair in the morning.
2 minutes: How long it takes to open all the mail on a weekday, put aside the important stuff, and throw away the other 75 percent.
24 hours: How long it takes the bank to draw on my checking account using their online bill-paying service.
48 hours: How long it takes the bank actually to pay the bill.
8 days: How long the back yard can usually go without mowing in summer.
9 days: How long the front yard can usually go without mowing in summer.
17 days: How long I spend on the road in the summer, away from the mower.
140 days: How long it takes to polish off a 5-lb can of those Danish butter cookies.
365 days: How long it takes to write 48 Vents.Posted at 6:29 AM to General Disinterest