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Punching the time clock was a signal to them to leave those problems aside as much as possible.
I'm never going to own a yacht, have polo ponies, drive a Maserati, or take a six-month leisurely cruise around the world while the rest of the rubes are punching the time clock.
Ogden used to evoke images of abandoned rails glistening in the sun, winos cruising the red-light district on Two-Bit Street, blue-collar workers punching the time clock.