Silicon Folly: ‘Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?’

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Courtesy of Andy Dolich
The downtown Los Altos clock at Main and State streets may not be a reliable source for getting the correct time.

As I was walking down the street one day
(Main Street in Los Altos)

A man came up to me and asked me what the time was that was on my watch ( I don’t have a watch so I looked up at the big four-sided clock on Main), yeah
And I said:

Does anybody really know what time it is? (I didn’t because the four faces of the clock showed different times, none of which reflected the current time).
Does anybody really care?

Yes we used to. I’m not sure if it’s Monday or Tuesday? When the smoke came down from the North Bay fires, it blotted out the sun. Now, I was really confused. I didn’t know what day it was and couldn’t tell what time of day it was.

“We’ve all got time enough to cry.”

Clearly the band Chicago knew in 1969 that in 2020 we were going to have a difficult time telling time, hence its hit, quoted above, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”

Hmmm. Maybe I could use songs to help clear up my COVID-confused weekly calendar. Is that Mama Cass I hear humming “Monday, Monday”?

Monday, Monday
So good to me (ba-da-ba da da-da)
Monday mornin’, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday mornin’ Monday mornin’ couldn’t guarantee
That Monday evenin’ you would still be here with me.

My week in songs:

• Monday: “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas & the Papas

• Tuesday: “Ruby Tuesday” by the Rolling Stones

• Wednesday: “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.” by Simon & Garfunkel

• Thursday: “Thursday” by the Pet Shop Boys

• Friday: “Friday on My Mind” by The Easybeats

• Saturday: “Another Saturday Night” by Sam Cooke

• Sunday: “Sunday Morning” by Earth, Wind & Fire

To help Los Altos residents and visitors from afar really know what time it is, can someone with extra time on their hands get the four-sided clock synchronized so we can all “Really Know What Time It Is?”

Andy Dolich operates Dolich & Associates, a sports consultancy in Los Altos.

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