Watch the Watch

I don’t wear much jewelry, so when I saw this week’s topic was “Use a piece of jewelry for inspiration” I was stumped. I don’t wear rings or earrings, and I have three necklaces I wear when I want to feel like dressing up. I have a few teacher pins and necklaces I got as Christmas gifts from my students, but those haven’t seen the light of day since I retired ten years ago.

watchI had no idea what to do until my watch tapped me on the wrist. I have one of those new-fangled watches that doubles as a smart phone. My dear hubby, knowing that I like to dabble in techie stuff, got it for me this spring as soon as it became available. He doesn’t like to shop, so a few years ago he came up with the brilliant plan of getting me something big and telling me it counts as my gift for our anniversary, Mother’s Day, my birthday, and Christmas. My watch is this year’s gift.

I’m still learning a lot of the ins and outs, but it’s a fun toy. I like being able to see what time it is without taking out my phone or looking for a clock. I like being able to answer my cell phone without having to look for it or having to dig it out of my purse. I can delete a lot of my junk emails as soon as they come, because I get a tap on the wrist whenever one arrives. I can time my writing sprints because it has a stopwatch. I can check my calendar, read and send texts, and calculate how many calories I’ve burned on my walk from the car to the restaurant. And when I set the GPS on my phone the directions are transferred to my watch, which taps me on my wrist when it’s time to turn.

Dick TracyWhen I first saw advertisements for this watch I immediately thought of the old Dick Tracy comics. I can picture a fedora-wearing gumshoe who wears and uses a watch like mine (the larger male version, of course) to juggle the many tasks he needs to accomplish in solving his cases. The watch was a gift from a very grateful female client…I’d imagine there’s quite a backstory in that…


Joe Findit sat back in his ergonomic desk chair and sighed. He lifted his left wrist and spoke to his watch, which presently acted as his phone.

Lilly Loveme had called, asking him to find her beloved poodle, Pookie. There would be a generous tip if the dog was returned to her by the end of the day. He really didn’t like taking missing pet cases, but the client was wealthy, not to mention beautiful and generous with her … benefits to those who did her bidding. The smart watch he wore had been one of her previous tips.

“I can’t imagine where he’s gone. He leaped out of his favorite Gucci bag and scampered off,” she whined.

“Didn’t you get one of those GPS collars for him?”

“Yes, but I don’t know how to use it. That’s why I emailed the website login and password to you.”

He rolled his eyes, thankful Lilly couldn’t see him. “Right. I’ll have to find that message.” He tapped his watch to bring up his email and found the information he needed.

“You got a picture of the mu– uh, Pookie?” he asked.

“Of course.”

“Text it to me so I can show them around.”

A few seconds later a tap on his wrist alerted him to the fact that he’d received the promised pictures.

He booted up his computer and entered the password and gawked when the map came into focus – the blinking cursor showed the dog was right down the street at Bob’s Bar and Grill. He tapped his watch to bring up his contacts then tapped again to call Bob. This new-fangled phone watch sure saved a lot of time.

Bob answered on the second ring. “Yeah, what is it, Joe?”

“Do you see a white poodle wandering around? His GPS tracker says he’s there.”

“If it’s not a service dog, it had better not be in here.”

“What about in the alley in back?”

There was a pause, and he wondered if his friend had hung up. But then he heard footsteps and then a door creaking open. “Nope. No poodle in the back.”

“Hey, thanks for looking.” Joe lifted his finger to disconnect.

“Wait a second.” There was a grunt from the not-so-in-shape Bob and then, “I think the dog ditched his collar. This is one pricey piece of leather – diamond studs spell out ‘Pookie’ and there’s a blinking pendant hanging from it.”

Joe groaned. “Thanks, Bob. Looks like Sal and I are gonna have to look for Lilly’s dog the old fashioned way.”

“Good luck.”

He disconnected then looked around for his assistant. Where in blazes was he? With two of them looking they could cover more ground.

The door opened and Sal entered, carrying a little white furry bundle.

“Hey, boss. I think I got the dog you’re lookin’ for.”

“How do you know? And how did you find him so fast?”

“Easy. I went outside and yelled, ‘Hey Pookie’ and whistled. He came running.”


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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13 Responses to Watch the Watch

  1. Sherry Gloag says:

    Oh that is too funny 🙂 Well done!


  2. LOL! Too funny!
    I love being hooked-up to the world and over the last few years had all of my non-family social and business life online, but I have yet to break down and get a smartphone, let alone a watchphone. I really can’t imagine it, but I am usually two -steps behind all the tech. The “Two-Way Wrist Radio” was the only Dick Tracy idea that I never thought could happen when I was a kid, and I had a pretty good imagination.
    This was very informative,and amusing. When we bought our first house, my husband said, “This is your anniversary present for the next 30 years!” (It carried over to this house.)
    When I made the suggestion for the topic,I assumed people had family stories involving jewelry.I was afraid they might all come up wedding or engagement rings.It’s nice to see a variety.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      There are times when technology is more of a hindrance than a blessing, Tonette. And the watch is not something I would buy for myself…but since hubby decided to get it for me, I’m going to use it!
      I guess I would have been equally stumped had I understood your vision of family stories related to jewelry, because we don’t have any family heirlooms on either side. So I guess I’ll have to make my own.


  3. The story was wonderful. Perhaps you should write a full length version of something similar.

    It sounds like that watch does everything! Mine tells the time and that is it but I do love it.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I doubt I could expand this into a full story, but I’ll keep it in mind. I love to read detective stories, but it would take a lot of work and a LOT of research to write one. It’s been a long time since I’ve worn a watch, Angie. I always had trouble remembering to put it on. For some reason, I hardly ever forget to wear this one!


  4. jeff7salter says:

    loved the story.
    And yeah, when I first started seeing the advance ads for those computer watches, Dick Tracy was what popped into my mind also.
    So you let your hubby get away with one gift for four events? What’s his secret?


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Jeff, given a choice between four gifts that don’t fit or don’t appeal to me I’d rather have one nice gift. Last year it was a laptop. The year before that it was an ipad with a bluetooth keyboard. Before that it was a big downpayment on my electric car. It works for me!
      Glad you liked the story. I even got hubby to read it!

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  5. pjharjo says:

    LOL! I LOVED your short story, Patricai. I also got a chuckle out of your hubby and his “brilliant” idea. Sounds like a good way for him to stay out of the “dog” house. (: >))

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  6. Carol Todd says:

    I just saw this post and I have to say, it was great. I know one person with “the watch” and he loves it. I’m still thinking about it. I love the Pookie story!

    All that said, I have a piece of jewelry that I only wear for special occasions, but it’s sort of inspirational for me. It doesn’t necessarily stimulate my writing, but it makes me think. It’s a replica of one of the diamond pieces on a chain that was recovered from the wreckage of The Titanic. It’s gorgeous and, honestly, it looks very real. When I hold it, or wear it, it speaks to me. I can almost hear the voices of all those lost people, their hopes and dreams that were never realized, and the loss felt by their families and others who were either awaiting their arrival in America or were left behind at home. I can only imagine the depth of emotion felt by the ones who were lost, the survivors, and the ones left behind. I never tire of reading about The Titanic. And now, I’m thinking of all the stories that can come from it – just from considering one very exquisite piece of jewelry.

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