Back in 2011 I paid a visit to Sydney to attend D1's MBA Graduation and while I was there I bought myself a very pretty watch. I had intended to get one of those ones which are powered by movement but was persuaded to get one which was triggered by light - something I had never heard of then or since although I am sure that they are still around.
It is a very pretty little watch, gold with a row of tiny diamonds along each side of the face and it shows the date - important; I can never remember the date. It has run on light and kept perfect time for 16 years and suddenly it started losing time. I searched out a watchmaker who specialises in that particular brand of watch and fully intended to take it to him next week but in the meantime I needed a watch which showed the date so I went searching downstairs. Lots of shops sold watches but they were either too expensive for what I would be getting or they didn't show the date.
Eventually I wandered into the most expensive jewellery shop in the Claremont Quarter where I saw the prettiest black and silver Swiss watch with 13 diamonds to mark the hours and - a little window showing the date. I had only intended to get a cheap watch to tide me over until I could get the solar one fixed but since I have a birthday coming up I decided to give myself a present - and there was a sale and I got 20% off - so I bought it.
I have been suffering from quite severe vertigo for the past week or so and since I could not do much I had a lot of thinking time and I wondered if there was a way of shocking my solar watch back into working properly. As I am into the vagaries of computers (I am still struggling with my new IPad) it occurred to me that a re-boot was worth a try so I shut the watch into the darkest depths of my jewel box for 12 hours and then left it under a very bright LED light for a few hours and - would you believe - it has been running perfectly and keeping perfect time ever since.
I have rebooted my watch.