One of the shows I enjoyed as a child was ‘Eerie Indiana’. It only ran for one season and many of my contemporaries don’t seem to remember it when I bring it up in conversation. Quite frankly, that makes it all the more bizarre and seems fitting considering the nature of the show. The short lived programme centres on a small town in which a 13 year old kid, named Marshall Teller makes strange discoveries about Eerie’s weirdness with his best friend Simon.
Today I watched an episode called ‘The Lost Hour’. Long story short, the town of Eerie doesn’t move to daylight saving time when the rest of the country does – just because. This irks Marshall and he decides to rebel: big mistake. He wakes up the next morning alone in his room. Outside there’s no evidence of any other life, save for a rubbish lorry run by three creepy looking guys. He’s knocked over just in time (that’s right) by a very old milkman driving a milk float (and who looks suspiciously like Christopher Lloyd aka Doc Brown from Back to the Future). It turns out that unless Marshall can synch up with the right time then he’ll be stuck there for another year trying to escape the rubbish guys who will hunt him down.
Now, I couldn’t possibly tell you how the episode ends, but it did get me thinking. Time moves so fast and it seems like many of us wish there were more hours in the day. Here’s my question: if you did find yourself with a little bit of extra time that was frozen and didn’t affect the rest of your day, what would you use it for? Would you sleep, eat, take time to exercise or indulge in a hobby. Would you use it for something energetic or creative or would you just enjoy having the time and the peace and the quiet, all to yourself, without anyone else impinging on it? Right now in our household my husband (it still feels weird typing that) and I are arguing about music. I don’t listen to it anywhere near enough, but he thinks I care about it too much. I’d be pretty certain that’s how I’d spend my hour. Listening to what I wanted without any hassle.
What would you do if you were granted the lost hour?