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Tuesday, March 02, 2004
 
Clocks
Are you one of those people who sets the bedside clock ahead 20 minutes to get yourself going in the morning? Neither am I, but my mom is.

She tried to instill in me her wacky motivational device, but I've always been one of those people who just get up the first time the alarm goes off. Back in high school, I could wake up right before my alarm, so I stopped using it. Now I wake up 20 to 30 minutes before my alarm and go back to sleep, only to be startled awake 20 or 30 minutes later.

I will add that it helps to have your alarm clock across the room so you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.

But that’s not what this post is about. No, it’s about all the clocks / watches / timepieces that we use to get through our days . . . and how out-of-sync they are. For instance, I’ve noticed that the clock in our bedroom is the same as the clock on our range, and those clocks are two minutes ahead of the clock around the corner in the living room (which I know is about right, because when I turn on CNN Headline News at 7 a.m.—according to that clock—it’s always 7 a.m. in Atlanta, where Ted Turner controls the World). Let’s not even talk about the clock in Mia’s room or, God forbid, the clock on our computer. My watch is set to clock in the living room, and is the same as the clock in my car. Now, the clock in my car is about seven minutes faster than my computer clock at work. So, basically, when I wake up in the morning, I’m about eight or nine minutes ahead of my office. I actually gain time as I move through my morning routine. But leaving work . . .

Anyone else have this problem?