Gut Rumbles

January 28, 2005

the strangest thing

I visited my sweet mama today and she asked me a strange question. "Robbie (she still calls me Robbie), do you remember the watch your father was wearing when he died?" I confessed that I didn't. "Well, I do, and I want to show you something. I was going through some of your daddy's things and I found this yesterday."

She shuffled back to her bedroom and returned with an old Casio (I think) digital watch and I recognized it when I saw it. "Pop's watch," I said. "I remember it now." She handed it to me.

"What do you think of THAT?" mama asked.

I thought it was a cheap watch. I thought it was typical of my father to buy an inexpensive, but fairly good-looking watch because he cared more about utility than decoration. It fit fine on his wrist, it kept good time and it wasn't ugly. What more did he need in a watch?

That's when I noticed that the watch was still running.

I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP!!! My father died on October 12, 1992. Mama found that watch yesterday and IT'S STILL RUNNING. I don't know what kind of battery that is, but I want a similar one in EVERYTHING I own. That's one hell of a battery.

But... my dad was one hell of a man, too.


Damn. That is one hell of a battery. I've had them not last a year.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on January 28, 2005 05:39 PM

On the flip side. I have the watch of my Grandfathers that stopped precisely when his heart did. It's a strange world we live in.

My mother still calls me "Robbie" too. I guess in Mom's eyes we never grow up.

SlagleRock Out!

Posted by: SlagleRock on January 29, 2005 12:44 PM

Had it gained or lost any time? If it was still on the right time that would also be impressive.

Posted by: Steve on January 31, 2005 02:39 PM

Not surprising, actually. It takes very little electricity to run the timing circuitry and the liquid crystal display. What really draws on a watch battery are the light, the alarm, and pushing the buttons. If he put a new battery in it shortly before he died, it's certainly possible that the battery has lasted over 12 years since none of those things happen when it's just sitting in a drawer.

I had a watch in which the battery lasted over seven years with occasional usage of the alarm and light.

Posted by: RadarRider on February 1, 2005 05:11 PM
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