"Would you be serious for a minute?" "Hurr-durr...'wud joo be seribus for a meeneet?'...durr"
Bob loved to make fun of Frank when ever Frank called a staff meeting after 3:00pm. Didn't Frank know that an employees brain ceases to function after lunch, therefore, all meetings need to be held before 11:00am?
And people say dogs are intelligent.
So, this has been an exciting week, eh? So far, several couples have gotten engaged....many babies have been born....several kids were accepted into college.....a few people won the lottery....someone invented a cure for cancer and was promptly killed by the big pharmaceutical companies....
OK, that last one might not be true. But then again.......
Have you ever stopped and thought about what was going on around you? Like, if you're sitting at a stop light, have you ever watched a car drive past and wondered about that persons life? Where were they going? What kind of job did they have? Did they have a family? Did they own a house or rent? What did they do after work for fun?
There are more than seven billion people on this planet. And every single one of them have lives. Lives totally different that yours. We interact with people all the time, at work, on the internet, out in public. Sometimes we know them, but most often, we don't. The only interaction we'll ever have with this person is the one you have right at that moment. You'll live for the rest of your life, and they'll live for the rest of theirs, and you'll never cross paths again.
For all you know, the interaction was one sided. You saw that person drive by, but did they even notice you? Or were they busy living their life that had absolutely nothing to do whatsoever with you?
That random stranger you bumped into on a crowded street. You look at each other and mumble 'excuse me', and then go on your way, never to encounter that person again. Ever. Yet, that person could have been your soulmate. Or your best friend. Or worst enemy. You'll never know. In fact, you'll forget about them almost immediately. And they'll probably forget about you, too. Or will they think about you? Will they wonder what it would be like to know you? Will they wish they had more than that momentary contact with you?
Hey.....it's Tuesday. Most of you went back to work yesterday after the holidays and I gave you a day off. But now that it's 2015, I think we should consider the deeper subjects sometimes. So today, I'm making you think.
But not too hard, because it's Tell The Truth Tuesday! Are you all ready to have the truth about yesterdays post revealed?
I lied. But it wasn't my lie. You see, I didn't make it up. The story about Don Knotts being a tough-ass USMC Drill Instructor is an urban legend that has been floating around for years. In WWII Knotts did enlist in the Army, but he spent his time travelling around to bases working as an entertainer to keep morale up. He was like the USO, but was in the Army. He did perform with the USO, though.
So, while Don served his country in the best way he could, it was as a comedian, not as a USMC DI. But, just a tiny little bit of you wishes it was true because, how great would that have been to have a DI pull a Barney Fife or Mr. Furley face on you while screaming at you to do more push-ups?
Today, I want to discuss time.* Now all time, but a small segment. Just a moment.
How many times have you said to someone, 'Just a moment.' or some variation of that? Everyone uses the word moment to describe a short period of time. But, how long is a moment? What span of time does a moment encompass?
Most people think a moment is longer than a sec, but shorter than a bit. (I know...not really helpful, am I?) For most, it's a word they use to express that something will be done in a short period of time.
But what a lot of people don't know is, a moment is an actual span of time. Today we use it to convey a short span of time. But in Medieval times, a moment was 1/40th of a solar hour on a sundial. There were 12 solar hours between sunrise and sunset each day. (obviously the length of a solar hour changed depending on the season). Each hour was split into 40 sections, and each section was a moment.
As actual clocks came into use, the definition of a moment changed with the more precise timekeeping. Hours now had a set length, and splitting them into 40 sections was impractical. So a moment became 90 seconds. A minute and a half.
And that's where it stands today. Officially a moment is 90 seconds, although no one uses it to mean that. Everyone uses it to mean a span between 'right this instant' and 'sometime in the near future'.
Interestingly enough, you can break a moment down into it's component parts. One moment is made up of 12 ounces of 7 1/2 seconds each. Why? Beat's me....I didn't come up with it. If I had to guess though, it has to do with moment being a measurement of time, and also a quantity in physics, and math, and for measuring torque. Who knew there was more to a moment than 'in a bit'.
* Don't get me started on time....it's not real. Time is actually a different method of measuring distance that humans use because we can visualize it.