Short-tailed albatross

I mean there are  a lot of different ways to tell time without looking at a clock. Hearing one, that’s one way. Sometimes then you have to sit and wait and count out each hour with every chime which can be very suspenseful. I kind of like this: it means not being allowed to forget what glancing at a clock means. A clock chimes and that was the first hour of the day, and then the second and the third, when you were probably still asleep, and then on and on like that until the whole day fits inside those chimes. To note: it can also be awful. Another thing you could do is get one of these clocks that have different birds sing at every hour, but then you have to learn the bird calls. Wait. 

I meant pictures of birds, with fake singing sounds. 

Okay. So you learn the bird calls and then when the common yellowthroat sings it’s six o’clock. You know, in some places you can wake up to bird calls and that’s how you know what time it is and what time of year it is. If you have a nice window with nice trees for bird homes. So this, too, can be awful. No one wants to be reminded of simpler times. 

At 9:30 every night there are fireworks that I can hear from my home. That means that if I stopped tomorrow at 9:30 and counted the seconds from there every day all the time I could know what time it is.

Somewhere there’s this machine that you can hook up to your body that gives you a little electric shock every time you’re facing north. It trains you to recognize north on your own to make you better at not getting lost, so that instead of magnetizing needles you get to do your own magnetizing. If I made a machine that gave me little pulses when it was four in the afternoon would I learn to know this? North is always one direction. Four in the afternoon is so many things. 

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