Why Natural Time Rules and Clock Time Sucks

A personal tale about why I can no longer bow to the Clock.

How My Natural Time Conflicted with Clock Time

In the past few months, I often find myself in an uncanny sync with Time. I get around by bicycle and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve effortlessly arrived at my destination to when whatever podcast, music or audiobook I was listening to ended within seconds of me pulling to a stop.

Something about the way the black winter tree limbs were outlined by the sky stopped me to take this photo.
The Clock Time Accountant may look sweet and innocent as a lamb, but he’s a real bear for punctuality!

The GOD (G.ood O.le D.ays) Era (2004–2012…ish)

I don’t want to cause people stress. And this is one of the reasons I am going to become a freelance worker at the end of March. Because since I started this job as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in 2004, I’ve watched as the people enforcing the System have become more uptight regarding Clock Time.

The DOG (D.aily O.fficious G.rind) Era (2012ish to Present)

During summer vacation in these D.O.G. days, we are required to go to our schools for seven hours and if we want to leave, we have to use vacation time.

I had a blast making this during summer vacation, so I guess I can thank Clock Time for that opportunity!
My boss taught us torpedo uses the Chinese characters for fish魚 and thunder 雷.

My Deal With the Universe: Let Me Work for Time, not Money

Flashback to — fuck it, I ain’t taking the time to come up with another fancy acronym — a hot summer day in 1997. I’m stuck on the 101 Freeway in the sweltering San Fernando Valley with no A/C on my way to my job at the Los Angeles Daily News, and I have a Michael Douglas “Falling Down” moment.

A Serious Fool who writes about: Personal/collective growth, politics, love of Nature/Humanity, Japan, podcasting, humor, and being a hippie in Service to Life.

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