Time Vampires

It Sounds Like a Bad 80s Flick

Unfortunately it’s not as cool as that. Time has been on my mind lately and I find myself in the mood to tap out a few lines concerning the people and things that eat up our time like a vampires sucking away our life blood.

“Hayride Clown”

More than a fair share of us have whiled away our time on various endeavors and inactions, but if it was time enjoyed then it was not time wasted (I’ve covered this topic in a couple of posts). Choosing how we spend our time is not the same as losing our time to time vampires. Time vampires are those individuals, institutions, and ideologies whose implicit purpose is to drain time from us, to weaken us by taking something we can’t get back, time. Time vampires are those individuals who value their time but show no respect for ours. They are the institutions that demand our time but don’t adequately compensate us for it. Time vampires are all those ideologies we dedicate ourselves to, spend so much time following, only to realize our time was conned away from us like money invested in some well structured pyramid scheme.

Time vampires often appear in the guise of friends, organizations, and causes worthy of our time. These vampires are alluring, but beware of how and who you spend or give your time. Time vampires exist to drain us of one of the few things we can’t get back or get more of, time.

-K-

Time in the Title: The Mix Tape

  1. “Time”—Pink Floyd
  2. “Time is Marching”—John Lee Hooker
  3. “Time is on My Side”—The Rolling Stones
  4. “Time is a Train”—Amy LaVere
  5. “Time Machine”—Ingrid Michaelson
  6. “Time to Get Ill”—Beastie Boys
  7. “Wasting Time”—Kid Rock
  8. “Time”—Tori Amos
  9. “Time in a Bottle”—Jim Croce
  10. “The Only Time”–Nine Inch Nails
  11. “Party Time (Anthem 2018)”—Madeleine Peyroux
  12. “Just Passin’ Time”—Dwight Yoakam
  13. “Time”—Prince
  14. “This is the Right Time”—Lisa Stansfield
  15. “Running Out of Time”—Joan Osborne
  16. “High Time We Went”—Joe Cocker
  17. “The Last Time”—Janis Joplin
  18. “One More Time”—Sam Cooke
  19. “One Last Time”—Sara Watkins
  20. “Closing Time”—Pieta Brown
“Jukebox”

-K-

Changing the Clocks

Is Time to Think About Time

It’s that particular time of year. Time to talk about how fast the year has gone. Time to talk about how it gets dark too early. Time to talk about changing the clocks. It’s a time to talk about time. But how much thought do we give to the value of time?

“Filing Time”

We treat time as if it’s a thing, a thing to be earned, bought, borrowed, sold, and stolen. But what real value do we place on this thing we call time? We should think about the true value of time when we change the few clocks that don’t do it automatically an hour back this weekend. Let’s take a moment to think about the value of seconds, minutes, hours, days, and years. What is the value of time and are we getting our money’s worth?

-K-

Spending Time

and Thinking About What is Valuable

We find ourselves in strange times. I wasn’t thinking of social distancing and self-quarantine when I began this month’s topic but now these ideas, and many others, occupy our time. I began the month with idea of how we mark and spend time. I guess I’ll end the month with a reflection on how I’m spending my time now.

A teacher in high school taught the class about the phrase ‘Carpe Diem’ (this was a long time before Dead Poets Society) and I took it to heart. For quite a while I tried to live each and every day to the fullest. Of course seizing each day and living it to the fullest doesn’t really address issues of rent and groceries, something I learned shortly after graduation. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t enjoy and get as much as we can out of each day but we must balance those desires with our responsibilities to self and others. My views regarding time have evolved over the years and they are evolving once again in light of current events.

Don't Park Here #3 (D70-edit)
“Out of Time”

I’ve marked the passage of time with cigarettes and beers. I’ve spent time planning and wasted time waiting. I’ve recorded time through journal entries and blog posts, and I’ll always remember the times of personal gains and losses. And now? Now is the time to be aware and to be careful. Now is the time to be healthy and to be safe. Now is the time to help others, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.

-K-

When the Clocks Strike 13

Movies with Interesting Uses of Time and Narrative

  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Groundhog Day (1998)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Memento Movie Cover
Memento (2000)
  • The Jacket (2005)
  • Clue (1985)
  • High Noon (1952)
  • Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Irreversible Movie Cover
Irreversible (2002)
  • 12 Monkeys (1995)
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
  • Tape (2001)
Run Lola Run Movie Cover
Run Lola Run (1998)

-K-

How We Spend Our Time

May Be How Others Spent Their Time

How often do we wish we could have a little time to ourselves? Time is something that we can keep to ourselves. Time is also something we can borrow (and steal), but it is also something we can share with others. I find how others spend, or spent, their time fascinating. I’ve felt this way ever since reading The Diary of Anne Frank way back in 8th grade. Learning how somebody else spent their time can be informative, entertaining, and even humbling. Margaret Sartor’s Miss American Pie A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970s is one such example.

Sartor’s diary can be read on a couple of levels. If you want to take an academic approach to the diary it can be read as a first person account of life in the American South in the 1970s. Reading the diary as a historical document can provide you with as much insight as some textbooks covering the same time period and geography. You can also approach the diary as a record of an adolescent girl’s struggles, defeats, and triumphs.

Miss American Pie by Margaret Sartor

I took the second approach when I read Sartor’s book and was amazed with how much I had in common with her. Upon closer study I realized that it isn’t so much that Ms. Sartor and I are some sort of kindred spirits as much as we were, at one time, both adolescents. I’m not implying that all adolescents have the same experiences, but that time period of our lives does present similar struggles. This is what I find most appealing about Miss American Pie. We all may be individuals moving through life on our own paths that on occasion run parallel and sometimes intersect, but we often share similar struggles during the same time periods of our lives.

Margaret Sartor’s Miss American Pie is at turns informative, entertaining, and subtlety humbling at times. Seeing how somebody else spent their time (even if it is a decade or century a part from your own) can help us put our own lives and times in perspective.

-K-

Miss American Pie A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970s (2006) by Margaret Sartor.

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