Monday, November 07, 2011

Technology - Ain't It Amazing?

Well, we survived the change from daylight saving time to standard time, but it wasn't pretty.  Larry and I made a pact sealed in BLOOD (well, almost) that neither of us would change any of the gazillion time-keeping objects in our house until AFTER we woke up Sunday AM.  That way, we wouldn't get all confused and sleep in until 8:30 (as if!), thinking it was only 7:30, but it was really 8:30 because some efficient doofus moved the clock back before bed.

Not that that would ever happen or anything...

Anyway, we had this agreement.   I was up and out of bed on Sunday and the clock read 6:30 AM.  Meaning, it was really 5:30, new time.  Awesome!  Boy, going to sleep early on Saturday evening sure paid off - here I had all these extra hours before the kids even stirred.

And then I noticed that the sun was up.  And I knew I had spent the previous week cowering in bed under my covers at 7 AM, because it was still dark outside.  "You changed the clock!" I yelled at my startled, still abed spouse.

"I didn't touch it!" he insisted.

"You had to!  Look at the sun!"

Larry glanced at his watch.  "You're right - it's 7:30.  Or should be 7:30."

We stared at our alarm clock radio like startled savages.  Who did it?  When?  And then we realized - I had bought it for Larry on Father's Day, unaware of its special powers until now.  It changed itself.

 Shades of HAL 9000, if you ask me...

[Clock image: Info Puck]

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10 comments:

  1. Heh. I totally forgot about the time change until I came downstairs and sat at my computer. And then I looked at my phone.
    Littlest guy was like "Yes, Mom, the time changed. Have you been on Mars all week or something??"

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  2. My husband changed all the clocks but my alarm clock. He's always done the clocks, which is nice :)

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  3. Clocks that think for themselves... yet another reason to not change clocks until morning.

    I was drinking wine at a retreat at 1am... or maybe it was midnight? Or 2am? It's all a blur to me now.

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  4. We made sure to change the boys' clocks because I didn't want them thinking it was 7 and everyone was up, so what do you think happened? The youngest was up at 3 am (is that 4? or 2?) for a couple hours with a head cold, actually still asleep at 6:15 (which used to be 7:15), and the boys were noisy downstairs and woke her up, even though their clocks said 6:15.

    Daylight Savings makes my head hurt.

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  5. I still need to change the one in my car. I'm tempted to leave it, because I always keep it 10 minutes fast. So now it's 50 minutes behind. This is going to drive my husband BONKERS. Hehehe...

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  6. We bought an alarm clock like that for our daughter several years ago, when the time change happened a week earlier.
    Her clock changed by itself a week early :)

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  7. I hate appliances that think for themselves.

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  8. I want one of those clocks. Except I would probably become more confused than I am now.

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  9. I had that same disorienting experience myself.

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