Double Issue: "The 100-Year Toaster" (Ch. 10) And in Woo-Woo: Friday’s Time Shift

Lemme see: The Corruption of Money and a Tremendous Woo-Woo event – mind-stretchers huh?  Seem grand topics to be immersed in over a Labor Day weekend, don’t they?

After all, who in ‘Merica doesn’t work for “money” save a handful of blessed people who have found “another way.”  And of those, isn’t woo-woo expected?

Mostly, this weekend is about supply, demand, and logical limits.  Including when time gets out of bounds like it did Friday afternoon, between 3 and 4 PM Central time, if you didn’t notice the change personally. 

Last one of this magnitude was 45-days ahead of 9/11…it’s like a “bow wave” of a huge emotional hit.  The sense of time changes in advance.  Or it was CERN…but more on this as we wander along, seeking…what?

First, a few headlines and our charts.  And we’ll use incredible restraint by not referring to our Dorian story coverage as a “few lines of blow…”

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9 thoughts on “Double Issue: "The 100-Year Toaster" (Ch. 10) And in Woo-Woo: Friday’s Time Shift”

  1. Hi, George,

    I was pondering your post on my morning trail run regarding the time and weather shifts you noted. I started to remember yesterday afternoon. I am on Rocky Mountain Time, an hour behind you in Texas. I kept looking at the clock for some reason. It seemed like time had slowed down, because it did not feel like much time had passed between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. However, between 3:00pm and 4:00pm, time seemed to take a leap forward. The weather here yesterday afternoon was also very strange, shifting from sunny with a few clouds to totally overcast, shifting back and forth and finally settling upon sunny.

    About two and a half weeks before the 911 event, I had a very bad nightmare that truly rattled me. I saw a large city somewhere where skyscraper buildings had been blown apart, and people were killed from the aftermath. I felt totally helpless in giving any aid to them.

    In early October of 1999, I felt that time had increased in speed somehow, much like shifting from third gear to fourth gear in a car with a manual transmission.

  2. I had a similar woo-woo time warp Moment yesterday as well. I was ready to leave the office yesterday at about 2pm…got into some “What are you doing this weekend” conversations with fellow workers that ended up lasting just over 10 minutes. Walked to my car which was two blocks away. I work in a suburban downtown area called Burlingame and drove off. My destination was a town on the coast called Montara about 5 miles north of Half Moon Bay to meet some HVAC Contractor’s on a 4 plex we just went into contract with. We were to meet them around 4.

    Before going there, I decided to check in on another property in San Mateo we are closing escrow on to make sure the cleaners spruced the place up and my contractor finished the work I had him do in preparation for the new owners. I took my time at the San Mateo house, used the bathroom, watered some flowers, picked some weeds and answered a few phone calls before I decided I’d better scoot to Montara for the 4 pm meeting…never thinking to look at my watch or my phone for the time…which isn’t unusual…I, like most people can organically judge time on my own.
    On the drive over the coastal range to Montara, I ran into some after school traffic…again never looking at a clock, because I was engrossed in a pod cast. Finally, after twisting through traffic, I headed north on Highway 1…had to pick up extra keys at one of my agents house in Moss Beach for two of the occupied units of the 4 plex, and headed another mile or so up highway 1 and arrived at my destination expecting to see the contractor, buyer and her agent waiting. Nobody was there. Huh! It was then that I looked at my watch and it was only 3:01. WTF!

    My own internal clock would have sworn it should have been at least after 4pm. There is no way I could have done all of that after leaving g the office in 50 minutes. You can’t travel anywhere for more than 10 miles on out trafficked roads here in the Bay Area for less than that. From Burlingame to Montara alone is 22 miles. I added another 4 by making extra stops! Maybe it was a global experience…Who knows.

    • Tell you what Mark, that’s exactly the kind of head-shaking that we were left withy. COULDN’T HAPPEN and yet, there’s you…there’s Nancy’s experience up in ABQ… Tell you what – I will post it tomorrow and will move the ham radio article to Monday.

      This is far too big a deal not to take note of on the public side if I’m not the lone nutjob to experience it.

      2-1/2 now and I’ll be there are others…so will post it in the AM…

  3. We shut down at 1 central for the long weekend – got home about 1:30 after running a couple of errands – changed and went to the gym for a workout got there at 2pm – left at 3pm got home and went to clean up- thought I might sneak in a short nap at 3:30 – decided against that heres where it gets weird – went into the den and my wife is feeding the dog – why are you feeding the dog so early? It was 5pm and I have no clue …..

  4. I didn’t notice a thing… except yesterday was the second day of a two-day job, leveling a trailer floor. The two halves of the job were identical: Remove 25 2×6 planks, cut rabbets in one side, reinstall using existing screws in existing holes. I spent 9 hours Thursday on the left side of the trailer — less than three hours on the right side, Friday.

    With any job there’s a learning curve, as one uses the shortcuts they figure out the first time, for subsequent jobs. Still, I did both sides exactly the same way, four planks at a time (to ensure each plank went back from whence it came, in case the previous installer didn’t make uniform holes) with a table saw. I DID think it rather strange that the inherent learning curve would provide a 3:1 increase in efficiency for identical execution. I would have considered 1.5:1 to 2:1 (5-6 hours) as “normal…”

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