Even though I wear my watch pretty regularly nowadays, I still tell time by unconventional methods. This used to mean using my cell phone as a time-keeping device, but now I rely mainly on what have become pretty standard daily text-message milestones:
- Probably about 05:00 when the first news alert of the day arrives. Almost always economic data released early Eastern time to wake up the roosters here on the left coast.
- I know it’s 07:00 when my phone chirps with the weekdaily weather report.
- Good bet it’s anywhere between 07:30 and 08:30 when I get Julie Anne’s dodgeball check-in at work.*
- Traffic.com route-specific report arrived in my Gmail inbox? It’s 07:45, baby.
- 17:30 or thereabouts when I get Katharine’s work check-in.
- Must be 22:00 or so (on weekdays, anyway) if I’m under the onslaught of queued texts for the hours I was sleeping.
* Figures, though, today her check-in was at 07:05.