Time sensitive

Sunday, November 14, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:00 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The clock is a symbol of an artificial and arbitrary time, giving a beat to everyday life and sense to human existence. Some hurry on foot; others get angry in traffic because they’re losing precious “time.” Eventually, the vehicles of their haste turn to rust and ruin. And when careless hands forget to set a clock, the rhythm of days, nights and seasons gives sense to this word — “time.”


A 60s Ford Mustang lies in a salvage yard on Route WW, waiting to be scrapped for parts.(Photos by Hadrien Daudet)


Atop the tower at MU’s Memorial Union, built to honor the university’s deceased sons, stands a clock that has kept time for the campus since 1936.


Students hurry on Ninth Street as the clock strikes 9 a.m. They have only 10 minutes to get to their next classroom.


The graveyard of an abandoned church on Robinson Road, close to Finger Lakes State Park, is illuminated by the rising sun as the stars slowly disappear.


Columbia residents wait out a traffic jam on Providence Road at about 7 a.m. The drive to campus is backed up most mornings from 7 to 9 a.m. The southbound lane remains relatively free until the evening, when the rush home begins.

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