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Topic: Minute(s) (as in time) (03/03/11)
- TITLE: Jest a Minute
By Clyde Blakely
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Spaceman Bob: The minute all the paperwork is done I plan on…well, I don’t rightly know. I never really thought about it until now. Does that make me a space cadet?
SP: No, I think you’ve graduated beyond that, Mr. Bob.
SB: Hmm, give me a minute to think about that comment.
SP: 60 seconds or one of those out of this world times?
SB: No matter how long the seconds are they all add up to a minute, if there are enough of them anyway.
SP: Okay, and this brings up all those conversations we’ve had about speed and time. Did you ever use a stop watch in space?
SB: No, I never did. I was always alone and no one to race, so I just took my time. No matter if time seemed to be standing still or moving fast, I always took what ever time I had right along with me.
SP: Oh boy. I meant, is a minute, timed by a stop watch, the same in space as it is on earth?
SB: Well, that depends. How much time do we have to explain this one?
SP: Can you do it in 60 seconds?
SB: 60 seconds by my count or yours?
SP: Maybe I was wrong on the space cadet thing. Mr. Bob, the stop watch…would it register a minute as 60 seconds in space.
SB: Yes, in space there would be 60 seconds to a minute, the same as here on earth, only different.
SP: Confirmation: space cadet! Well, we better move on, we only have a few minutes for these interviews. Your plans, retirement plans. You mentioned you had your own space craft and planned on exploring some more. Do you have any destinations in mind?
SB: Yes, there’s a solar system with sixty planets around it and they are so precise in their orbits you could set your watch by them. I plan on studying them in minute detail.
SP: Hmm…I’m not sure about that one, Mr. Bob. Sixty planets, so precise you could set your watch by them? Studying them in minute detail? I think we need to watch you.
SB: I do plan on traveling throughout the galaxy some more. I haven’t had a minute to relax for some time.
SP: Earth minutes or space cadet…er…I mean, space minutes?
SB: Earth minutes, but from time to time, space minutes.
SP: Well, we need to break for a commercial. We’ll be back in sixty seconds and then we will have a down to earth conversation with a manufacturer of space watches. I’m sure we will have an interesting conversation. Thank you Spaceman Bob for being here today.
SB: It’s been my pleasure. And, by the way, the space watch manufacturer is my brother, my twin brother.
SP: Oh my…just a minute…
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