Kris and I have for years set our clocks ahead — usually about 4 minutes. The wristwatch I wear is four minutes ahead. All the clocks in our home, and we have plenty of them, are at least four minutes ahead. In fact, the clock in our car is set about 11 minutes ahead. We must fear being late more than most things, so it is not unusual for me to get to school an hour and half before classes. What do you do and why?
We live near our high school, and so when our son, Lukas, was in high school, he could regularly claim that he got to school before he left — which meant he could get to the school in less than four minutes.
We have a clock that sings bird songs, and we’ve had more than one guest wonder what kind of menagerie of animals we had in our kitchen. This year the school gave me, for ten years of service, a gift of my choice, and “we” chose an anniversary clock. Now we have two clocks in our living room to tell us what time it is (not). Because we travel so much, yesterday we bought one of those little travel alarms that has “two times” — where we are and where we are from (CST, Chicago). I set both of the times on that little clock to four minutes ahead.
For Christmas, Kris bought me an atomic clock, which is in sync with official time set in Fort Collins, CO. It’s cool: it tells us date and time and where the moon is (or the sun or the earth, or all three, I can never remember); it is an alarm clock, too. And it has an indoor-outdoor temperature reading.
Now we have a family dilemma: this clock routinely sets itself according to the clock in Ft Collins, and it means it is accurate to within one second. Which means, we can’t set this clock ahead.