Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Room Where Time Moves Backwards
He told me about a hotel in some rural town in Alabama that he used to visit with his wife. The hotel, The Tallahassee, was very old and has since been demolished. For a long time this old hotel was one of his favorite places to go. They went there one time and stayed in a room he had never been in before. His wife and he settled in and then they noticed that there was no clock. They needed to get up early in the morning, so he called the lobby and asked for a clock to be sent up.
Someone brought a clock up immediately and they plugged it into the wall. The clock was working perfectly, but it was going backwards. Another hotel employee came up and together they went to another room and tried the clock. It worked right in the next room. Together, the men decided to switch clocks and took a working clock from the next room and brought it into their room. They plugged the clock into a different outlet and this new clock also went backwards.
After several attempts, the man gave up on the clock. He called down to the lobby again and asked for a wake up call. There seemed to be no way to get time to flow in the right direction in that particular room.