This el-cheapo battery operated clock has hung on our kitchen wall for over 30 years.
Until recently, it has performed both of these functions perfectly. It quit performing function #2 when it fell off the wall, crashed onto the kitchen countertop and careened onto the Fritztile terrazzo floor. At that exact same moment in time, it also quit performing function #1. Sadly, it is no longer able to perform function #1. Fortunately, it is still able to perform function #2. In baseball lingo, it is batting .500.
I think that batting .500 is excellent. No professional baseball player even gets close to that and they earn millions of dollars a year. Many college and professional football coaches don't win half of their games yet they also make millions. Even the best NBA players don't make half of their shots. Yep, I think that batting .500 is pretty darn good. Besides, some people can't even perform one job function very well.
So, here's the question ... I want to keep this old friend and allow it to continue faithfully performing function #2. Samantha disagrees. So does Helen. Their heartless attitude is to toss it out like dirty dishwater. Apparently batting .500 isn't good enough for them.
If you have an opinion, I would appreciate hearing it. In the meantime, Helen can look at her watch.