So I have this watch that I got as a Christmas gift in 1992 from a girl that I was in love with truly, madly, deeply. It's a Perry Ellis America watch with multiple dials, leather band, gold face etc. It was a really cool watch and one of the best gifts I'd ever received. I have no idea how much it cost. I loved the watch, it was very special to me. Long story short, she broke my heart, moved away, got married, I got over it, moved on. But I continued to wear the watch. I was so devastated by the breakup that things like the watch took on symbolic meanings. I looked at the watch as ticking off the time apart from her second by endless second, forever. I also imagined that when the watch stopped that my counting the seconds apart from her would stop too. Maybe it would mean that I had fallen in love with someone else so I no longer needed to mark the time. Well, I've been wearing this watch since December 1992 - for those keeping score at home, that's 14 years. I've been through at least ten bands and batteries, probably more.
A couple of weeks back my watch stopped. I figured I just needed a new battery so I took it in to get it changed. They told me my watch needed more than a battery. I took it to an actual watch repair shop. They told me that the movement in the watch is not serviceable and not replaceable - it's not made anymore. So my watch is dead. Of course, my mind starts working and I'm thinking that maybe the last close encounter with love that I had might've been the real thing. That that's why my watch stopped. Like it knew it could quit counting the seconds because I'd found love again. I don't know.
This may all be a big steaming pile, but there is one thing: if you are my girlfriend and you have a reason to buy me a gift - I need a new watch.