I Killed My Alarm Clock…

Bane of my existence for FOUR years....

Bane of my existence for FOUR years….

I swear I’m not a psycho…I’m really not, but this clock…

I am absolutely convinced that the stupid thing was possessed by the devil, himself, and was placed in my possession to drive me nuts.

Who got the last laugh? Yeah, that’d be me…

I ordered this clock as my ten year anniversary gift from work back in 2011. I had a new iPod Touch and thought it would be amazing to be able to wake to my favorite play lists, right? Not so much. This demon clock arrived and the dock wouldn’t take my iPod, even with the various adapters, but not to worry. It DID accommodate my iPhone 4. (Not the “S” version, mind you, just a plain old, pre-Siri 4.) So once I realized that it would charge my phone while playing my iTunes playlists, some of the sting from it not wanting to have anything to do with my iPod was secondary.

Then it started to malfunction. It had a “Nap” function that I could never get to shut off. It would be Saturday morning, no alarm set, and the damned thing would go off. REALLY early. Like, WTActualF!?! But it only did this sometimes. It was a minor annoyance that could be lived with, right? Yeah, whatever.

I was in the middle of a workout this evening and the damned thing went nuts. I went in and tried to silence it by hitting the appropriate button and went back to my workout.

Five minutes later, it did it again. WTH? My alarms are (okay, WERE, as I no longer have an alarm clock) set to a.m., not p.m., yet here the blasted thing was going off at 5:50 p.m. and again at 5:55! I silenced it and commenced to finishing my workout…and five minutes later the stupid thing went off AGAIN! I was doing a Zumba-thing and didn’t want to really stop until the song was over, and the frigging thing got louder and Louder and LOUDER.

Okay. I’d had it. I snatched the stupid cord out of the wall and chucked that @$*#)%~~!, demon possessed clock radio across the room. Yeah, I know. Super mature, right? But it’s okay. It was kind of a catharsis. When the hubs came back from the store and I told him about it, I assured him, “It’s dead, Jim,” which is our favorite way to say something in the house has gone to another realm. (In this case? It’s the dump, yo!)

You have to understand, though, that this “modern convenience” made a mockery of everything time-related. The alarms only went off when IT wanted them to. Do you know how many times I have been late getting up because that stupid thing opted NOT to go off?

Or how about the many weekends (when the alarms weren’t set) the “Nap” function went off, as mentioned above?

How about this? Over the past three or four months, setting the stupid thing had become an act of futility. I’d attempt to set Alarm 1 and while holding down the button, the TIME would change, and then it would automatically go to ALARM 2, while I was still trying to set Alarm 1. So you see? The damned thing HAD to die.

For what it’s worth? I selected a really neat looking clock for my five year anniversary gift (see a trend here?). That damned thing worked great for a couple of years, and then was correct twice a day.

Do you have an appliance or modern convenience that is the bane of your existence? If so, share, so I don’t feel so bad. 😉 Also, do any of you have a recommendation for a good, RELIABLE clock radio/alarm clock? Please and thank you!

I used “Home Improvement” as one of my tags, because that thing being gone can only be one thing; an improvement!

Until Next Time…

About Julie the Workaholic

Mom of three (grown) sons and one (grown) step-daughter, wife of one, friend of many, and owned by seven 4-legged critters, writer, photographer, friend, huge fan of life, and most of all, lover of all things beautiful .….Getting healthy, and hoping to make a dent in the world in a most positive way! (And then there's my alter-ego, the Workaholic, who is me, just unfiltered.)
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22 Responses to I Killed My Alarm Clock…

  1. Susan says:

    Modern-osity? 8.1 is the devil. I loved, Loved, LOVED 8.0. 8.1 makes me want VISTA back. I scream at my computer with vim and vigor and a shocking number of creative profanities on at least a weekly basis. Which is actually down considerably from when I first got accidentally “upgraded” to 8.1 and cursed it’s creator many many many times every day. Like, let me find that S.O.B at Microsoft and hang him by the balls after pulling out his pubic hairs one by one kind of cursing. So yeah, I get it.

  2. lynn k scott says:

    That was nothing short of hysterical! I have wanted to do that to several alarm clocks. I picked up a cheap $4 alarm clock on clearance at a dept. store. Nothing fancy. When you ignore the alarm however, it gets louder and faster. It’s beeping on speed. Other than that, not too bad. Of course my dogs have taken over the alarm. There is no waiting for it to go off, they get me up earlier than necessary (daily) and I can’t seem to find their snooze button!

  3. The V-Pub says:

    I bought the cheapest alarm clock that you could imagine at Big Lots. The radio doesn’t sound good, and it’s not that nice looking. BUT – it’s easy to program and works the berries! The best 5 bucks I’ve ever spent.

  4. You made me feel like I was right there with you – I wanted to throw that clock across the room, too!

    I don’t current have any appliance problems (I hesitated to say that ’cause you know, now something will break!). Last year, however, we had a TV in the living room that would turn itself on and off at will – I thought the darn thing was possessed. We wound up taking it back to the store and getting a new one.

    • Okay, so it isn’t just me…At least I know I’m not the ONLY one electronics are out to get me. 😉 It was uber therapeutic to kill that clock. Thankfully, I have all weekend to find a new one. I’m thinking a nice old fashioned one – round, with dual bells and a clacker-thingie…

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