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November 2010
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chris/CO149 [userpic]

Wife's mother and stepfather were over.

the mother is an academic, a full professor, in fact. She'd like to be everyone's advisor, including her daughter. Shut up!

the stepfather is a know-it-all, and recalls to mind the old maxim, "those of you who think you know everything are annoying to those of us who do." Shut up!

They did bring me a nice gift, a pocket sundial. This is two concentric rings. You slide the outer one to select the time of year. this positions a hole so the sun will shine in the correct place on the inner dial and denote the time. No adjustment is made for latitude, though, so I'll have to figure that out.

Marked on the ring is "CARPE DIEM \ 10.H.S.THON \ ANNO : 1721". I wish they'd update the date when they make a reproduction. Maybe I can sue.

Current Mood: bitchybitchy

I recently stumbled over teh very same ring only mine is missing various inscriptions the newer s have. Metallwarenfabrik made copies in 1975 but the words "PIZ BUIN" are engraved in it. other reproductions in silver or brass, dated 1721 were for sale at the Musée d'Horologie at Chaux-de-Fonds in 1978. I don't know if those were inscribed with the carpe diem but that is all I could find.