Jones' View

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Death of the alarm clock

I hate waking up to my alarm clock going off, no matter if it's radio, CD or just the annoying alarm, I despise that alarm clock. I put up with it because I do need to wake up in the morning and I'm not an easy early riser.

The other morning I had to laugh because I was trying to wake up in the morning and I was sleepily slapping at the snooze button - and my hand went right through the alarm clock.

I had pulverized the little black built-like-a-brick clock that had lasted for nine years.

I've had dreams of destroying the clock that had spoiled my dreams so many times, but I never though it would really happen, and by accident at that.

Finding myself in sudden need of a new alarm clock, I went to the store to see what I could find.

I remember it being cool and fancy - nine years ago - to have an alarm clock that could play a CD or the radio, but now there alarm clocks for Ipods and DVDs and other complicated stuff that has very little relation to actually waking a person up.

Seriously, why does someone need a phone in their alarm clock?

I even went online, and found you can get satellite radio and even cable TV with a screen five inches tall - in an alarm clock. Or you can get one with an electronic timer for your coffee maker, shower and lord knows what else.

Then some clocks have the really thin tablet computer-style monito. Foget it, if I just destroyed my brick of an alarm clock, a tablet doesn't stand a chance.

Another popular trend is to have an alarm clock on your cell phone. Many of my college friends like this option and use it instead of having to worry about a plug in for a clock.

Of course I don't know about you but I've always had trouble setting the clocks in the hotels, for some reason they never worked. That's why I love wake up calls (though that is a not a job I would want to have.)

That would be something for Storm Lake, a wake call service for only $19.99 a month. But knowing my luck, my cell would be on silent mode and I would never hear it.

I remember at a young age I was told that I would be waking up earlier and earlier for school and work, interesting enough it has changed differently.

In high school I had to wake up at 5:30 a.m. To get to school early enough for practice before 7:15 a.m. classes and when I did landscaping I was up at 4:30 a.m. to be at work by 5 a.m. to service the forklifts and start looking at the day's orders.

But as I got older I was able to sleep in a little later - my newspapering day begins around 7 a.m. It's strange how quickly things have turned around and how I dread it if I have to wake up at the terrible hour of 6 a.m.

Oh, by the way, I don't have one of those new complicated clocks. I dug an old one I had out of storage. It has only a basic clock, a basic radio that can bring in my favorite sports station, and that basic annoying ring that jars me out of slumber.

And I like it.

* Reach Jeff Jones at jjones@stormlake pilottribune.com