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Monday, March 10, 2008

"Atomic" is just a different way of saying "gotcha!"

I dislike the time change. Both of them.

Before I continue, let me mention that I live in the Mountain Time Zone.

A couple months ago, I purchased a travel-size "atomic clock" - one that sets itself based on transmissions it picks up, so is always accurate, and that allows you to change the time zone you're in without having to mess with changing the time.

Saturday evening, I tried to set the clock ahead an hour but couldn't remember the magic combination of buttons. Based on feedback from other folks, I knew the clock would advance itself anyway but that it could take a few hours, or a few days. So, I left it alone & used my phone as the alarm for Sunday morning.

Sunday evening, the clock still hadn't reset and I wanted to make doubly sure that I'd wake up in time for work on Monday. So, thinking how terribly clever I was, I told the clock to display Central Time - an hour ahead of us on Mountain Time. Voila.

Woke up this morning to the clock beeping at the appointed time, 05:00 Central. Hit the snooze and wondered why the backup alarm on my phone wasn't also going off.

Let the snooze cycle again, then got up - and was completely awake before realizing that yes, the clock really had beeped at 05:00 Central. It was just after 04:00 Mountain. The blasted clock had finished resetting itself during the night.

And my body is still set on the fall clock... so effectively my brain is telling me I've been awake since 03:00!

That little clock almost had flying lessons. In the dark. With no landing lights.

Next time change, I use the back-up alarm exclusively until I'm sure the Atomic Wonder has properly reset itself.

Did I mention I dislike the time change?

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