Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Well What Do You Know

Sunday evening, the power went out, three times. The last time was around 1 in the morning. Now, I have a lot of understanding friends, but I figured that calling them at 1 in the morning to say, "My power is out. Can you call me at 6 to make sure I'm up?" would not be appreciated.

The last time the power went out, the guys in the office asked why I didn't use the alarm clock application on my cell phone. That's easy for them to say. They are running around with "smart" phones; Droids or iPhones; that clearly have alarm clock features. My phone makes and receives calls. That's all it does. Supposedly, I have Internet access but it's in a text format. You try finding out the Iowa-Northwestern football score via that.

I called Com Ed and put in an "out of service" notice. I was informed that my outage had been registered and it would be around 3 a.m. before the power would be restored. I needed sleep. How would I get up in the morning without an alarm clock? Well, let's look at the phone.

By golly, I do have an alarm clock feature. The power wound up coming back on around 5. My phone went off at 6. I far prefer waking up to the melodious sounds of jazz but a ringing cell phone does get your attention.

It's good to know I have this capability on my phone. Now I have to remember to keep it charged.

Beverage:  Edinburgh's Finest tea


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