He'd been thinking about it for years ... weighing the pros and cons ... but he finally decided it was a necessary evil.
He bought a punch clock to track the hours he and his employees work.
With its adroit accounting of time, this mechanical menace is intended to streamline payroll ... not shave hours from paychecks.
That's how he explained it as I squinted my eyes toward the news.
It isn't a popular device.
His employees are smiling tightly and shrugging their shoulders, but it's not something that the psyche easily dismisses.
"Em had a dream about you," he told me recently.
"Really? About me?"
"Yes. ... She dreamed you started working with us and you designed this amazingly beautiful time card."
"Yeah ... she hates the whole time clock thing but said they way you designed the cards made it somewhat easier to accept."
I stood there for a while ...
In awe of this news.
"You mean to tell me YOU instituted a punch clock and I'M get the blame in her dreams?"