This is one of my more random bits of ignorance, I know. But a friend who is mildly obsessed with watches sent me a link yesterday about Barack Obama's watch, which was a 47th birthday present from his Secret Service detail.
It's pretty cool that our new President's Secret Service agents like him well enough to give him a $180 watch (sorry, chronograph; does it become a chronograph at a certain price level, or is that a term of art?). But it drew my attention to the fact that President Obama wears his watch on his left wrist, despite the fact that he is left-handed.
Do most left-handed people wear their watches on their left arms? I am not a habitual watch-wearer (which should surprise no one who knows me well), but I'm pulling out my $5 Wal-Mart special with the cracked face to experiment. I notice that if I try to wear it on my right wrist, the winder is on the wrong side -- but most high-end watches don't need winding, and people generally take their watches off to correct the time. Does anyone make a left-handed watch, with the winder on the left?
It would annoy me to death to wear a watch on my right wrist. I can barely get used to wearing one on my left, when I have to.
Five Random Songs
"Leaving New York," R.E.M. I love this song; it might have been the very first one I ever bought from iTunes, and according to my "most played" list it is my #5 most-played song. The intertwining melody lines at the end ("I told you, forever/I love you, forever/You find it in your heart, it's pulling me apart...") kill me, every time.
"No Myth," Michael Penn. Another song I listen to all the time (#24 on the most-played list). Hmm. Did I hit a playlist by mistake?
"Angelyne," The Jayhawks. No, it's random. I like the harmonies on this song a lot, though. However, each of these songs so far has been about the singer's unworthiness. Interesting. You know, in my experience, when a man says, "I'm not worth it," he is telling the exact truth. But I digress...
"Just the Two of Us," Bill Withers. Something happier, hurray. And while I'm free-associating, didn't the Obamas look happy last night? I love to watch the two of them together. That's a relationship I envy and admire.
"Book of Days," Enya. Good movie music, though I never actually saw the movie (Far and Away) this was the theme to.