Mar 14, 2011

A quick DST story

For those of you who listened to our show last night (thanks!), this will be old hat.  Sorry, feel free to move on.  But for the larger majority of you who didn't listen to the show (grrr!), it should be as fresh as the sweet mountain air.  Ahem.

So this past weekend was Daylight Savings Time here in the U.S. of A.  Stupid friggin' tradition that needs to be eliminated, if you ask me.  But there it is.  At 2AM on Sunday morning we all dutifully turn our clocks ahead an hour because that's what we've always done.  Or we let our more advanced technology like cell phones or computers or DVRs change the time themselves.  We are benevolent human dictators like that.

But everyone probably has a manual clock or two at home that needs to be spun ahead 1 hour.  And it's inevitable that some clocks suffer the fate of not getting spun ahead for days or weeks, depending on whether you use them often or not.  It happens.  Then someone points it out to you and you feel stupid before fixing it.  I delight in being the asshole who points it out, I have to admit.

So I'm at my sister's house for a birthday party on Sunday when I notice that their wall clock in the living room had been neglected.  I, being that asshole who points this stuff out to folks, tell my nephew, an utterly brilliant college kid in many aspects of life, so that he could change it.

He takes it off the wall, takes a half-second peek at the back of the mechanism and declares that it's too complicated for him and he hangs it back up on the wall.  Seriously.  There was NO WAY he could have processed what he saw in that time-frame, but whatever.  He said it was too complicated to attempt.

Whoa, whoa, whoa!  Too complicated?  I gotta see this.  So I take it off the wall, and it's the same battery-run clock mechanism that we've all seen for decades now.  Something like this, if you aren't sure what I mean.  A battery and a wheel to set the time.  That's it.  Which I did.  Very easily, mind you.  And this kid is much, much smarter than I.  Ahem.

I don't know.  Kids these days can figure out how to sync their mobile phone to their email accounts to their Facebook page to the chip implant in their skulls in a matter of seconds.  But turning a wheel one rotation to change the time on a manual clock...

I fear for the human race once Skynet becomes aware and our youth are forced to handle tasks manually.  That's all I'm saying.

PS - But seriously, he's a great kid.

11 comments:

Dave2 said...

STUPID DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! He shouldn't HAVE to know how to mess with the time!

B.E. Earl said...

Dave2 - What if the battery went dead and he had to re-set it? ;)

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Kids these days...

If it has nothing to do with a status update, they're not interested.

I know that first hand.

Slyde said...

The Wall Clock Was Become Aware!

B.E. Earl said...

Candy - I hear that.

Slyde - I always suspected the Wall Clock.

RW said...

They still have batteries?

B.E. Earl said...

RW - Shocking, I know.

sybil law said...

Hahaha
That's funny. My 9 year old tries that "too complicated" trick now and then.

hello haha narf said...

well, did you teach him so that in the fall he can fix it?

B.E. Earl said...

Sybil - yeah, just playing dumb.

Becky - Yeah, I don't think he'll forget how to turn a dial in the future.

Lotus07 said...

Regarding this: I will simply refer back to a blog I wrote in January....

http://lotus07rant.blogspot.com/2011/01/paranoia-sets-in.html

Enough said.