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Check your watch every night as 2020 throws us another curve

You, my friend, will be part of history...okay, a relatively small part, but hey, you're still a part of it
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Keep your eyes on your watch, a sundial won't suffice

You, my friend, will be part of history...okay, a relatively small part, but hey, you're still a part of it.

It might not be a solar eclipse or even the return of Halley's Comet, but for one fleeting moment history will be made tonight...okay and every night until yearend.

Shortly after 8 p.m., the stars will align to give us 2020, 20:20 and 20 seconds.

That's right, my clock-watching friends, that 2020202020 when the year and time brilliantly intersect to create this numerological feat. But to make this happen, one has to think in military time. Regular time just won't do the trick.

And this kind of time-related magic won't happen again for 202 years when the year 2222 rolls around.

So unless the much-anticipated coronavirus vaccine also includes some sort of Fountain of Youth potion, many of us (with the possible exception of people like baseball legend Ted Williams who opted to go the cryopreservation route) won't be around to witness the second, minute and hour hands do their thing again in 2222.

So pretend you're a general or admiral or even a new recruit in the Canadian Armed Forces and make the switch to military time. Then stare closely at the clock hanging on your kitchen wall for that glorious 20 seconds after 8:20 p.m.

A digital clock or some new-fangled bit of technological wizardry just won't cut it. You need to feel the excitement so you might want to use a good old-fashioned wristwatch to mark this historic occasion.

Sundials won't do the trick either...unless this is old news to you. You've already spent many a summer night when the days were longer watching this event occur while sitting outside glued to your handy garden sundial.

You, my friend, will be part of history...okay, a relatively small part, but hey, you're still a part of it.

And in the end, don't we all just want to be part of something.


Andrew Philips

About the Author: Andrew Philips

Community Editor Andrew Philips is a multiple award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in some of the country‚Äôs most respected news outlets. Originally from Midland, Philips returned to the area from Québec City a decade ago.
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