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Old 03-01-2012, 08:19 PM   #21
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For older retirees a watch is nice so you do not miss all those doctor appoitments; take your meds on time; and that you do not miss Happy Hour.
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My sport watchband snapped in half as I took it off. It's made out of that polyurethane type material and only lasted slightly more than one year.
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Why do you need a watch? It's not like you will be late to a meeting or something...
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Many people are BUSY in retirement. Have the retirement schedules to keep. Old habits are hard to break. Watch bands are easier.
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I would feel naked and alone without a watch on my wrist.
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For older retirees a watch is nice so you do not miss all those doctor appoitments; take your meds on time; and that you do not miss Happy Hour.
There's a saying among martial artists that beginners don't know how to block their opponent's attack. Experienced martial artists have learned all the ways to block an attack.

But black belt martial artists? They no longer need to block.

You have not truly achieved the zen of the retired lifestyle until you know how to tell time without your watch.

After all, if going naked doesn't work out then you could always go find it and strap yourself back into it again.
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I have several watches people have given me but I have never worn a watch.

And I'm always on time.
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Since I've FIRE'd, I don't need a watch to tell me what time is it.

I need one to tell me what month and day it is.
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I want to take advantage of this thread and extend my most heartfelt thanks to all those people that wear a wristwatch. In the increasingly infrequent moments when I need to know the time but don't have a timepiece handy I just ask one of you, and always get a cheerful and informative response. Thanks, and keep up the good work!
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I want to take advantage of this thread and extend my most heartfelt thanks to all those people that wear a wristwatch. In the increasingly infrequent moments when I need to know the time but don't have a timepiece handy I just ask one of you, and always get a cheerful and informative response. Thanks, and keep up the good work!
I never wear a watch, and in my case I often ask DW...
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And the second question is, why the need to carry that phone everywhere
Some like to, some want to, some have to. Me personally, other than for emergencies I'd rather not be leashed to one, especially when one is effectively on-call 24/7 with their w*rk when they carry one. Business survived without cell phones, iPads and pagers once, and they can do it again.
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And the second question is, why the need to carry that phone everywhere
Habit from work years, and now DW likes to be able to get a hold of me, usually texting. But I screen a lot of calls...
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I want to take advantage of this thread and extend my most heartfelt thanks to all those people that wear a wristwatch. In the increasingly infrequent moments when I need to know the time but don't have a timepiece handy I just ask one of you, and always get a cheerful and informative response. Thanks, and keep up the good work!
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I'll bet I look at my watch 20 times a day. The main uses are

Is it time to eat?
Is it time to go to bed?
Do I have time to do x before it is time to eat?
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I quit wearing a watch in 2007, when my watchband broke. I did not wear one for years. Then, I decided to go from a regular cell phone to a Tracfone and I do not keep the Tracfone turned on. I am using it for true emergencies. I probably should use it one time to make sure it works. There were several times that I needed to know the time and would have to ask someone. When my son wanted to know what to get me for Christmas, I told him a cheap watch. I am back to wearing one. This watch band does not have a chain and it has come unclasped several times while I am wearing it. I have a feeling that I am going to lose it one of these days.
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I received my watch band today. The first thing I did was hold it up next to my watch to make sure the size is correct. Yes, it is. Now I just need to have enough patience to wait for the spring tool to arrive.
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While I no longer wear a watch, I think there are two types who still do.

Those that really need the current time (i.e. runner).
Those that look at a watch as a piece of jewelery (e.g. Rolex).

As I stated in another thread, I no longer wear a watch but use my Windows phone to tell the time. The advantage is that it also displays my calendar/events from my WindowsLive calendar (linked to my home PC) - for current and upcoming events.
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While I no longer wear a watch, I think there are two types who still do.

Those that really need the current time (i.e. runner).
Guess I'm not in that category, having posted:

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I don't really USE my watch in retirement much at all, but I am so used to having it on my wrist that I need to have it there! I would feel naked and alone without a watch on my wrist.
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Those that look at a watch as a piece of jewelery (e.g. Rolex).
Yeah, right... a Rolex, that's what I wear.
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Yeah, right... a Rolex, that's what I wear.
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I wear a watch when I'm traveling by air, because without it I would be afraid of missing a connection. Otherwise, I stopped wearing one about 15 years ago, long before I FIREd.

I still find a need to wear one in a few situations, though. Attending or giving a lecture is one that comes to mind. When you're wondering if something will ever end, or if you're trying to match the information you're giving to the time allotted, a watch is essential. It's so much less obvious to sneak a peek at your wrist than to pull out your phone and look at it.
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I'd hate to have my spouse catch me looking at a timepiece in this context!

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I wear a watch when I'm traveling by air, because without it I would be afraid of missing a connection. Otherwise, I stopped wearing one about 15 years ago, long before I FIREd.
I still find a need to wear one in a few situations, though. Attending or giving a lecture is one that comes to mind. When you're wondering if something will ever end, or if you're trying to match the information you're giving to the time allotted, a watch is essential. It's so much less obvious to sneak a peek at your wrist than to pull out your phone and look at it.
Some of the greatest pleasures of retirement have been:
1. I can arrange air travel to be direct with no connections because it's convenient for me, not because it's the cheapest flight my employer can find,
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2. I can prepare a 20-minute talk that's easily delivered without looking at the time. Then I can take questions until the audience has clearly had enough of me. Once again, I can quit talking when we're done instead of when it's convenient for our employer to take a break...
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