Is It Just Me? The final countdown

By Nelson Clyde

Book club meets at 3 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble.

There is a new gadget being developed. It is a watch that will tell you what time it is. But wait, there's more. After you fill out a brief health questionnaire it will calculate how much time you have left to live. The top row of the watch display will tell you how many years, months and days you have to live while the second row counts down hours, minutes and seconds.

The watch isn't made yet because it is trying to attract capital for funding from the crowd-funding site kickstarter.

The Daily Mail reports: Dubbed the ‘death watch', Tikker has been created by Swedish inventor Fredrik Colting but far from being morbid, Colting calls it ‘The Happiness Watch' and claims it has been designed to help people make the most of their life and cherish the time they have left.

Colting went on to say, ‘The occurrence of death is no surprise to anyone, but in our modern society we rarely talk about it. I think that if we were more aware of our own expiration, I'm sure we'd make better choices while we are alive.'

You have to wonder how such a device might play out in your life. For instance if you were getting near the end of your countdown and dining in a really expensive restaurant would you consider the amount you would leave for a tip more carefully.

You might even hold your wrist up to the waiter and point to the expiring timeline with a tap or two and raised eyebrows suggesting if the kitchen staff better hurry so you don't expire before the meal is delivered.

Would you hide it from the view of certain family members who have expressed a continuing interest in the same items every time they visit your home?

Or would you follow the advice of the manufacturer and live a happier life with an eye toward being a better person and making a difference in the world?

Perhaps if your spouse asked you to clean the gutters or do some other equally unpleasant task you could point to your wrist and say with conviction, "Honey, I only have a few weeks left in this world, don't you think I could have a pass on this one?"

If you could see the face of the device on the hands of your congressional delegation it would certainly help you determine if you would make a contribution to their re-election campaign. As if recent events were not already enough to make the decision already.

The thing would be a big hit with insurance agents. I can't really say how it might play in certain religious circles, but I'd like to know how some of my Presbyterian friends would view the concept.

If I knew how much time I had it would be difficult to say if I would eat more or less fat. Actually, I'd probably gravitate directly back to my three favorite food groups—Pepperoni pizza, bacon and french fries.

It would be a certainty I would spend as much time as possible with my family. But to find out you would probably have to track me down in Bermuda or Italy enjoying the time of my life.

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