Why clocks are my worst nightmare

I have the worst luck with setting clocks, digital ones, the ones that blink when the power goes out.
The clock on my husband’s coffee maker would blink for weeks. I’d get sick of it and set it. The power would go out within twenty-four hours. I stopped setting clocks. When Daylight Savings Time comes around, my husband gets that job.
One time after setting the fateful coffeemaker clock, I was working in the library. A community member was attempting to show a movie from the projector in the meeting room. Being the staff tech expert (meaning I wasn’t scared to try things), I was troubleshooting why the VCR signal wasn’t reaching the projector. I tried all the usual things–testing the cord connections, reading the instructions, pushing random buttons–nothing was would make the video play or show on the screen it was intended to. As a last ditch effort, I turned everything off.
When I pushed the button to turn the system back on, the overhead lights went out. They weren’t out for just the room, or the library, but most of the town. And they stayed off until the next morning. Supposedly a transformer blew, but we know the real story.
Lesson learned: Don’t play with clocks.
You can imagine my terror when I filled in for our church janitor last fall and had to reset all the classroom clocks for the end of Daylight Savings Time. Since the furnace broke the previous time I filled in and everyone had icicles hanging from their noses on Sunday morning, what would happen after I reset a dozen clocks?
We escaped unscathed, perhaps because they were all analog.

About Joselyn

SAHM writing romance with at a case of the giggles. Former librarian. Avid reader. Runner.
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11 Responses to Why clocks are my worst nightmare

  1. Rachel says:

    I never forget to change my clocks. I’m constantly wondering what time it is, lol.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    sorry to be chuckling at your apparent misfortunes with clocks, but I’m just picturing you in a spandex costume with a cape — Electro-Woman — capable of shutting down entire sections of the city by the press of a button.
    Would make a great comic book.

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    • Joselyn says:

      Legend says that once my mom was so frustrated with my brothers and sisters watching television that she stomped her foot (on the floor, not into the screen) and the television broke. Perhaps it’s genetic.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        My Grandmother Robinson used to unplug her TV overnight and when not in use during the day. She’d had one TV screen shattered — by lightning, we believed — and thereafter thought the TV was in danger whenever it was plugged in.

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  3. You are an electrical menace! LOL! I think Jeff’s on to something.You need to harness that superpower!

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    How funny! Are you sure someone at the city’s power plant wasn’t trying to play a trick on you? I suppose I’d be “clock shy” if I were in your shoes. Remind me to never make you angry – I’m sort of used to my electricity!

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  5. Oh goodness, digital clocks can be a pain. I’ve not had your misfortune with them though.
    Give me a good old fashioned Grandfather clock and a battery operated analog alarm clock and I’m happy.

    Did they let you near electronics at the library after that? 😉

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