It was a cool moment. When my father retired in 1993, he made a gesture out of taking off his watch at his retirement party and saying that he would never wear a watch again.
I thought that was very provocative, so in 2016, I did the same thing at my own retirement party. I had a couple nice watches, including the first-generation Apple Watch, that I subsequently sold away on eBay.
That was fine. For the last 4 years I haven’t needed a watch. I could use my phone, the car clock, or a dozen other places to get the time. As I pondered in our trip to Europe this autumn, maybe a one-handed Renaissance clock is all a retiree really needs?
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Well, guess what? After my heart attack last week, I now have an Apple Watch (5Gen) on my wrist again. I’m rationalizing it as a fitness tracker, not a watch, since that is what has gotten it back into my life.
It’s health tracking capabilities are pretty good. I haven’t explored all of the apps that are available for it yet, but will do so over the next few weeks. Credit goes to my wife & son who appreciate that it has ‘fall detection’ and an Emergency SOS ‘slider’ that can be quickly engaged to get help.
If I’ve learned one thing in the last week, it’s that our ability to reach someone quickly is the key to survival in many health emergencies.
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