Sunday, 16 December 2012

12:12 on 12/12/12

Of course I couldn't let that special date and time go by :) I decided to make it my 'moment' for Alexa's December Simply A Moment, and here's how that moment panned out...

I get to my papercrafts class just after 12 noon. The term has actually finished for everyone else, but I had to miss a week back in October due to a fracture clinic appointment - thankfully my broken foot only resulted in one missed class, thanks to a combination of luck, determination, an unfortunate misdiagnosis and a perfectly timed 2-week half term holiday! The building is so much quieter than usual without the other students. It also means I can go straight into my teaching room rather than waiting for the previous class to finish up and leave, which makes a nice change, since they're usually running late. I'm pleased to see that the kitchen area opposite the office is not out of action, as I'd been warned it probably would be; it's due to be refurbished over the Christmas break and the manager had told me that we'd probably have to do without hot drinks today. I'll be able to have a cup of tea after all!

I quickly unpack my supplies from my rucksack and double check that I do have everything I need, though it's a bit late to do anything about it if I don't! I pop into the office to pick up my register and check for messages, and to exchange quick greetings with the volunteers there. I return to the room to find that 3 of my students are already here. We chat about the surprising and very localised snow that fell overnight - the students who have travelled just a couple of miles from the south didn't have any, and as our conversation is repeated as others arrive we discover that only those living in the immediate vicinity actually had the snow that lies thickly on the tree branches visible from the classroom window.

I check my watch to see that it's nearly 10 past 12 now. I'm surprised that more people haven't arrived, though I have received 'apologies' from 1 or 2. It does at least mean that there are plenty of supplies to go round, and I sort them into piles for each individual while joining in the discussion about the progress of our Christmas shopping and plans for Christmas food. Class starts at 12:15 so more students are likely to arrive yet, but it's nice to have a small enough number for once that we can all join in one conversation.

I glance again at my watch. 12:12 approaches. There's a pause in the conversation which gives me the opportunity to say, 'Ladies! May I just draw your attention to the fact that it is now 12:12 on 12/12/12!' They express polite interest, but clearly I'm the only one who really finds this special and noteworthy. That's OK, I've marked it in my own small way, and that will do me. I briefly wonder what I'll be doing next year at 09:10 on 11/12/13, or perhaps 11:23 on 5/8/13 (which, as we all know, is the Fibonacci sequence), then turn my attention again to my smaller than usual class. It's time to begin. Let's make some Christmas cards!

23 comments:

Jennie Hart said...

Brilliant, I so enjoyed you 'moment'. I recorded mine today, I wish I had recorded it then too. I have marked the day though so that is something. I hadn't thought about 09:10 11/12/13 and please if you remember, can you remind me :)

helena said...

I thought of you in the build up to the 12 12 moment remembering your photo for 11 - and the two for next year are now noted in my diary - thanks for the number geekiness!

debs14 said...

Yes of course we all knew about the Fibo-watsit sequence ;-) {ahem, am I the only non mathematical person out in blogland?!}
It was my husband's birthday on 12.12.12. I wonder how many children were 12 on that day? Or babies born at 12.12?

scrappyjacky said...

I'm not at all surprised that it fascinated you!!
I should have got some mathematical advice from you before I ordered some page protectors that do not fit in my JYC album!!!!

Ruth said...

This post is just so you! Excellent! x

alexa said...

What a super moment to record so eloquently and I will be relying on you to alert us all in advance of those special dates yet to come, please! I feel a pang that no-one there could share your excitement about it. I just love the rhythm of your moment and I was following you from room to room. Lovely to think of you moving again, and thank-you so much for joining in :).

The Mother said...

If it's any consolation, Radio 2 did mark the moment. I was driving to the supermarket, and Jeremy Vine marked the exact time when it reached 12.12 on the day. So you're not the only geek around!

gayle said...

So interesting, I actually missed the moment itself but heard Jeremy Vine mention it just after! Funny to think back and realise all the different things that must have been going on at that one moment :)

Rhona said...

My brother was very aware of the time and date, he got married in Australia on 12/12/12/ and were proclaimed man and wife at 12:12pm.

Louise said...

such a well recorded moment. I wish mine was a nicer occasion to record.(I was attending a funeral) x

Amy said...

I had a feeling you would have recorded that moment on that day!

Maria Ontiveros said...

LOL! I can just hear you making the big announcement. i can't believe the students didn't applaud or something.
Rinda

Missus Wookie said...

It was noted here too - but not fast enough to take a photo or screen shot which I had thought about. Princess LOVES Fibonacci so I shall endeavor to remember that and tell her next May ;)

Gail said...

Ok, I'm off to find out what fibonacci is. I missed the time thing on the 12th. That would have been neat to record. Ok, I have to mark down those dates for next year.

Ladkyis said...

I looked it up, that fibonacci thingy.... Hmmmmm, well, I understand that completely and I can see exactly why it needs to be celebrated when it occurs in a date and time. I might not be able to take part though because, um, er, because... I will have a dentist appointment! honest!

Cheri said...

I got a shot of the time on my computer at exactly 12:12:12 on 12/12/12! It was fun watching for it and then snapping the photo. I was playing along with BPC's 12/12/12 event. Now, since some of us mark our dates differently, I'm wondering ... is 11/12/13 November 12th or December 11th to you?

Miriam said...

Brilliant Mel and so you! I thought of you when I posted my 12 days at 12.12 on 12.12.12. I think it is the only time I have been able to mark it.

Alison said...

I have to be honest and confess that it hadn't even occurred to me that the 12th was the 12th(if you see what I mean!)
Alison xx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

What a great moment! I thought about marking it as well but then got involved with housework and suddenly it was 12:40. :)

Karen said...

12.12 rushed by just like the rest of the days this month, but I totally missed 12:12 but I certainly would have appreciated it if I'd been in your class!

Abi said...

He he! I loved your moment. My best friend sounds just like you. She loves number sequences!

Becky said...

A great moment to record! Loved reading this :)

Lizzie said...

You are funny! I have a Boy who is as nutty about numbers as you. I'll show him your post - he'll be pleased to remember those dates along with Mel.
Hope the card making was fun. x