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Claim No.:
029420090107

To:
David Rooney, Curator of Timekeeping, Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Claim:
Dear Mr. Rooney,

Thank you for the prompt reply to the anonymous postcard I submitted. And let me first say: you, sir, do not suck. Or, rather, I have no reason to believe that you do suck, and will continue to have no reason until disabused. My original post was intended for the recipient "2008." The administrators of this site seem to have sent it to you in error, and now, 2008 no longer being with us, it is too late to correct their mistake. I'm sorry about most of that.

Listen though. While I have you here I have a few questions. I'd like to know, for instance, what the Curator of Timekeeping does. Could you walk us through a typical day? Are there lots of instruments to check, faders to move up and down, gears to keep un-mucked--that sort of thing? Or do you spend your time in endless meetings hashing out daylight savings questions and discussing the asynchronicities in the lunar and solar calendars? And (it occurs to me now) if those meetings are excessively boring, as many business meetings, in my opinion, tend to be--do you spend the whole time watching the clock? If so, can anyone fault you? Isn't that, after all, pretty much your job description?

A few more questions bubble up: What sort of watch does a fellow like you wear? And do they pay you to wear it, as sports stars are paid to wear particular athletic shoes?

What, exactly, does one study to get your job? If you were advising a young person, still wet behind the ears, who wanted to pursue a career in something temporal, where might you tell them to start?

Congrats on getting that extra second in at the end of the year. It was seamless. And thanks for all you do. Can't imagine where we'd be if time were left to run wild and unsupervised. Again, my sincere apologies about the mix up on the first postcard. And a very very happy 2009 to you.

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Claim No.:
020520081204

To:
2008

Claim:
You suck.

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David Rooney, Curator of Timekeeping, Royal Observatory, Greenwich







Claim No.:
014320081113

To:
Phoenix Mars lander, now in hibernation to survive the minus 240 to minus 300 degree Martian winter

Claim:
Hang in there. We'll be listening for the sounds of your resurgent solar-powered circuits come spring.

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Claim No.:
015420081124

To:
NPR

Claim:
Hey NPR,

I listen to you a lot, and I like the music that you play in the spaces in between stories. Regardless of the show I'm listening to, be it: Fresh Air, Morning Addition, All Things Considered, I am perpetually frustrated by the slow upload time of the "musical interludes" posted on your website.

I get so excited to know who that song was that I rush onto the website only to get this message: "This show's music interludes are not yet posted. Please check back later." That's the worst kind of radio blueballs. Please. Please. Don't make me wait. By the time you get around to it, I won't be interested.

Sincerely,
Frustrated

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Claim No.:
005020080909

To:
Danny Kean, www.travelingpiano.com

Claim:
Heard you bang out a few bars while I was walking down Canal St in NY. Your boogie woogie rumble put a wide grin on my mug.

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