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    The Atomic Clock

    I got a flyer in a bill from Mobil Oil one day (actually its Exxon/Mobil these days). I’ve had the credit card for many years. In fact, it was my first credit card going back to the days in Los Angeles when I needed to get around to auditions in my acting career.

    This was a time when they used to fill-up the gas for you and you didn’t have to pump it yourself (a rare thing these days). It was particularly helpful as I was walking with a cane and it would have been difficult to get out and pump my own gas.

    Anyway, back to the flyer in the Mobil bill.

    I was very intrigued with the idea of a clock that shines the time on the wall or ceiling without have to get out of bed or even turning over.

    I got one of these for $20 about 8 years ago and have it still. It shines on the ceiling so whichever side I’m on I can look up and check the time (yes, I’m a bit of a clock watcher).

    These days when I have to spend a certain amount of time in bed to get the pressure off my butt, as I’m always sitting on it in the wheelchair, it’s nice not to have to call for someone to tell me the time. I can tell for myself any time during the day or night what time it is.

    (I am forever asking Herman or my aide what time it is in the course of the day if I’m away from the clock projection.)

    I used to wear a watch when I was in New York and Los Angeles as I needed to get to auditions on time if I wanted my shot at a part. I have a really cool watch with an airplane on it for a second hand so it looks like its flying around the dial. Unfortunately, my days of wearing a wrist watch are over as I can’t twist my arm around to see the time.

    Another feature the clock has (no, I don’t have stock in the company) is that it sets itself automatically by a radio signal, so it’s accurate. I suppose that’s the reason for the “atomic” part of the name.

    The clock is just one of the little things that make life easier and that you don’t think about until you need it.

    I have a pretty positive outlook for what my needs are in the course of each day dealing with MS. I am very lucky to have three aides; Terry, Kelly and Katy to get me through the course of each day and let’s not forget Herman who is actually my primary care-giver. I don’t focus on what I can’t do anymore. I’m just blessed to have the help I do each day.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com