Time passes. Time flies. Time drags.
Some days (most days?) Americans appear obsessed with measuring time and packing as much activity as possible into each second.
During school and career years, large portions of my time were measured and observed by others. Some tasks were dependent on the timely completion of work by others. For example: I could not do procedure B until another person completed procedure A. And another, usually impatient, person wanted the results so they could do procedure C.
If this sounds like a supply chain — you’ve got the right idea.
Keeping track of time is not a new thing for Americans. The settlers brought time pieces along in their wagons of goods.