The Clock? Really?

James’ last post about the variable multi-county metro Atlanta area reminded me about an exchange I overhead with old co-workers about a year ago:

“Well I’m looking for a new apartment, probably in the twelve-to-three area.”
“Yeah. Like if I-285 is a clock and the other highways are hands on a clock, the twelve-to-three area is like North Druid Hills and stuff.”
“Oh ok…I gotcha. Well, just don’t look anywhere in the three-to-nine area. Twelve-to-three is pretty good, Nine-to-twelve is kind of expensive though.”

Hands on a clock? Really? gives a similar explanation for explaning how to get around the ATL:

The thing you have to understand is that “inside the perimeter” can mean any direction depending on where you are at the time. Another trick is to imagine that the perimeter is the face of a clock and find out if you need to go to “six o’clock” to get to the airport or “eleven o’clock” to get to Smyrna.

Then there is the inner and there is the outer loop. What do I need to say about these? The inner loop is 285 going clockwise if you are looking at the city from the south with the city center as the middle of the clock and GA 400 as twelve o’clock–and the outer loop goes counterclockwise on the same clockface? Both loops go in all directions (but only one direction at a time) depending on whether you are at 6 o’clock or 12 etc.

I mean, I get the concept, however remedial it sounds, but have you heard it before? Where are you? (I’m in the 6:30 area.)

3 Comments so far

  1. abby on December 23rd, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

    Huh, nope. I hadn’t ever heard anyone refer to the clock before. It’s just that it doesn’t give you any idea of how far itp you are. I propose (if we’re going to follow this silly measurement waaaaaay farther than it needs to go) the addition of 20 and the connector as an x-axis and a y-axis, measured in say, miles. That intersection would be (0,0), so I’m just before 3 on the clock and at (1, 0.5).

    Yeah, pulled that straight outta eighth grade math. You love it. Come on.

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on December 23rd, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

    love it abby.

    i am at 3 on the clock at (1,-.25)!!!! cross 20 sometime and come see us over in north ormewood ;-)

  3. maigh on December 29th, 2008 @ 8:54 am

    I’ve never heard this, but it makes sense. Esp. for those new to the city…

    Granted, the subtle nuances of the in town ‘hoods are lost using this but it’s still a clever and easy way to explain to people that Lithonia is no where near Mableton.

    I have to wonder what the originating city was that someone borrowed this from and applied it to our fair hot hot.

    I’m in the 2:10 area, and damn close to where the hands are affixed to the face of the clock.

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.