We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'll tell you something funny. Richard Sears, the founder of Sears and Roebuck, made his fortune by scamming railroad men. He got a list of all the men who rode the trains, and were responsible for timekeeping. Then, he mailed each one of them a watch. He found that more than half the time, the guy would keep the watch, and pay for it. Mr. Sears was a flim-flam artist. Nowadays, they'd promote him to secretary of the Treasury.
My dad said that when wristwatches for men first appeared, most men considered them to be effeminate. A real man carried a pocket watch. A watch on your wrist was too apt to be damaged as you went about your manual labor duties. I guess it took Timex "takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'" to change that perception.
When I was a young child in the 1940's our "oilman" was a family friend. He delivered kerosene and in the Summer Ice. I was talking to him at his garage when I was about 7 about the couple dozen gold pocket watches he had sitting on a shelf. His story was that during the great depression that some of his customers would trade their gold pocket watch for 40 gallons of kerosene. He still had these watches 10 years after and couldn't sell them for what they would have been worth. I would imagine that today some of them would be worth a lot. A couple of them still had a family picture under the back cover.
I've got my Grandfather's pocket watch--he was a foreman/sawyer in a sawmill and my Dad's uncle's pocket watch--he was a pharmacist. And I have my Dad's Elgin wristwatch--he was a telegraph operator (1945-1989).
As a matter of possible interest, in the Tokyo subway system all engineers (train drivers) still are required to carry a pocket watch (tetsudo dokai) and to place it in a holder in the cab while at work. And Seiko still makes pocket watches, for that purpose.
Railroad watch lover
My grandfather was a dispatcher for the B&O Railroad. I still have his Hamilton pocket watch. The case shows brass as the plating wore away from constant use.