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Eleven
My favorite time of day is 11:11. It doesn't matter if it's morning or night: I just like seeing all those ones lined up in a row like that. Every time I see 11:11 on a digital clock, it makes me smile. It also makes me elbow the person next to me, if there is a person next to me, and say, "Oooh! Eleven-eleven!"

This evening I went into the kitchen to fix myself a bowl of cereal. I have three clocks in my kitchen. One on the coffee maker, one on the microwave, and one on the oven. When I was pouring my cereal, I looked at the microwave. 11:11. I looked at the coffee maker. Then the stove. They were all eleven-eleven! I smiled. I looked happily from one clock to the next. It was like I was surrounded by a little symphony of ones. More 11:11's than I'd ever seen before, and totally unplanned! Just a nifty little coincidence. I poured my milk. I gazed again from clock to clock, taking it all in.

All things must come to an end eventually though, and the coffee maker was the first to increment to 11:12. It was okay; I'd enjoyed its transience and unexpectedness, like a shooting star of digital time-keeping.

I like other numbers to be lined up in a row also. When I do stomach crunches, I always do 111 at a time. When I do pushups, I generally do 11 "real" ones followed by 11 "bent-knee" ones. When I'm feeling more tired, I'll just do 22 knee ones. I celebrated my 33.333...rd birthday. I hope someday to have 44 alpacas. (Actually that one's not true, I just slipped it in there for fun.) I liked that my old office had 88 steps to climb to my floor.

I must confess that writing this makes me feel a wee bit like the boy in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime -- but I think we all have our odd little neuroses or obsessions, even some people have the grace to keep them to themselves.

I just thought now that the three clocks with eleven-eleven added up to a total of twelve ones. Had I just thought of it 33 minutes earlier, I could have covered up one of the ones with my thumb. Then it would have been eleven ones! 11:11 11:11 1:11

Such an eleventy sort of situation would probably have caused daffodils to spontaneously bloom, with angels humming, right there in my kitchen.

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djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: March 28th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Elevensies.

Awww.. You are so CUTE!
anderale From: anderale Date: March 28th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I am all for the numbers on the digital clock being in sequential order. My favourite is 12:34 but I also enjoy 2:34 or 1:23 and so on. :D
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cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: March 28th, 2008 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
"Oooh! Eleven-eleven!"

My husband is so sick of me saying that ALLLL the time. He just rolls his eyes. LOL

I especially love it in my car when I'm listening to CD 1, Track 1, at 11:11. 1-1 11:11...ahhhhhh :)

"We are all one"
jer_ From: jer_ Date: March 28th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Umm, what the hell am I supposed to do with these 44 Alpacas I just ordered for you then, miss "just kidding"?? :P
larcb From: larcb Date: March 28th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey! We do the 11:11 thing, too!!
(Bruce Jaffe, who used to go to cons, got us started, if I'm not mistaken).
marsgov From: marsgov Date: March 28th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait! So you are the <a href="http://www.humanclock.com>eleven-eleven girl</a>?
fachless From: fachless Date: March 28th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
in binary, wouldn't than mean that everything is "on" at 11:11?
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: March 28th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
the coffee maker was the first to increment to 11:12
Ah, programmers. Do you refer to moving clothes from the dryer to a basket, from the washer to the dryer and from somewhere else to the washer as "incrementing the laundry", like I do?
bwittig From: bwittig Date: March 28th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
left shift with carry
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: March 28th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be an arithmetic shift, wouldn't it? And you win.
shakespeare__ From: shakespeare__ Date: March 29th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha I read this earlier today but tonight I went bowling and my speed of my ball was 11.11...
At one point me and my partner's score combined was 111.
And there were 11 comments to this entry prior to me posting this one.

Crazy!
From: writerwench Date: March 29th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
My friend Amy (Unorthodox_Muse) has a big thing about the number 11.
Numbers are pleasing when they're lined up tidily.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: April 1st, 2008 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
You should go to Koln for Carnival... they have a huge street party on Nov 11 at 11:11. Maybe other places in Germany too....
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