The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 February 2006

In sync

Watches? So three minutes, 20 seconds ago. Here's how they do it in the Land of the Big Sky:

[H]ere in Montana, there are only two or three mobile phone providers, with Verizon Wireless being the major player; most people here have Verizon service (or at least most of the folks that I work with). Invariably, if someone at work asks what time it is, several folks whip out their cell phones and report the time. Since we are all subscribed to the same service, and our phones have replaced our watches, the time is the same for all of us: no one's phone is set 5 minutes ahead so that they're not late to a meeting, and no one's phone is running slow. We are all on Verizon Time.

During the World Tours, I allow my wireless service to dictate the time, mostly so I won't have to bother with time zones, but at home I set the darn thing myself: for some reason, they always seems to be about a minute and a half off. Then again, it's a consistent minute and a half.

Posted at 10:01 AM to Dyssynergy


This has been very common around here for some time. Everyone just whips out a cell phone. We don't need no steenkin' wtaches.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 2:39 AM on 11 February 2006

My wife and I each have a radio-controlled watch that sets itself each day to the atomic clock, but we have to set the time zones ourselves. You'd think they could come up with a watch that could query the nearest cell tower for the local time the way phones do.

Maybe I should refer this idea to Timex and Cingular...

Posted by: McGehee at 7:05 AM on 11 February 2006