Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Too many wakeup calls!

Most people would agree that the sound of the morning alarm must rate high up there with the sound of nails scratching a blackboard and the sound of an epidural needle crunching through flesh as amongst the worst sounds in the world. Ok, maybe my comparisons aren’t the best as blackboards aren’t used anymore and listening to a needle crunching through flesh in preparation for an epidural may not be that common. But, I’m sure you get my point.

Up until not so many years ago, most people used a proper clock to wake up. Proper clocks that made proper clock noises. Including wakeup alarms. Hearing a morning wakeup alarm at any other time of the day was most unusual.

These days, many of us use our mobiles as an alarm. And while mobiles often have retro phone ringing sounds, they don’t seem to have retro alarm noises. Well, mine doesn’t. ‘Consumers want choice’ is the capitalist mantra. And, boy, do we have choice when it comes to ringtones - the world is awash with them! Apart from the sound of an old-fashioned alarm clock! So I shouldn’t be surprised that some idiot in my office has recently got the same phone as I have and uses the same ringtone that I use to wake up in the morning.

It’s driving me fucking mad!!!


Blogger JP said...

There are several solutions honey and my favourite would be to exterminate him and then reissue his telephone; it would be pointless to shatter the phone and leave him in tact, he would be prone to make the same mistake.

Take heed.

1:43 pm  
Blogger Caroline said...

Why not get a download of nails scratching on a blackboard and make that your ringtone for a day....

2:15 pm  
Blogger Anjou Wu said...

My mobile phone alarms three times a day, and I can't figure out how to shut it off. I'm tempted to just throw it away.

9:28 pm  
Blogger Miss Mish said...

Ah, but the ADVANTAGE of this is that a mobile phone is so much easier to pick up and throw across the room. Try it with a bloody plugged in radio alarm clock and by the time you finished yanking and pulling and done the deed you're awake and it's a bit superfluous....

10:48 pm  
Blogger ExAfrica said...

Have you considered a rooster?

Failing that, I'm with JP.

1:56 am  
Anonymous kyknoord said...

I know what you mean. I HATE being woken up at work.

6:51 am  
Anonymous chitty said...

Turn the tables on him. Let your alarm go off every time you are near him/in his vicinty. Watch him reach for his phone thinking it is an incomong call.
I bet he'll change it very soon.
On the plus side... it keeps you from getting bored. (yeah... maybe not!)

8:30 am  
Blogger Qenny said...

Oh, that would be annoying. Someone in my office uses the same ringtone and me, so I end up groping myself in a futile manner when his phone rings, trying to get my phone out of my pocket.

It's reasonably easy to get your hands on a WAV (or other) sample of a traditional alarm clock and get it onto your phone.

I hated traditional alarm clocks. They ticked really loudly and kept me awake.

8:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use my phone to wake me up too, but I normally wake up and answer the alarm and hang up angry because no one is answering, I never remember what is my ringtone cause I have custom ringtones for everyone... I would definitely turn the tables on him..

3:58 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

JP: I like the idea of exterminating annoying colleagues!

Caroline: My phone is always on silent at the office….I’m old-fashioned that way. Oh, and other ways too!

Anjou Wu: It sounds like you’re a bit of a technophobe. You’re not over 40, perhaps? :-)

Miss Mish: If you pour coffee into the radio alarm, that works wonders. Of course, you need to have a cup of cold coffee next to you when you wake up. In your case, I know, that is more likely to be Earl Grey tea.

ExAfrica: I am always considering cocks! ;-)

kyknoord: You and I have something in common there, it seems.

chitty: If I actually let my phone ring aloud at the office, that would be a good idea. Perhaps I should just change my alarm sound and wean myself off thinking that the current sound is an alarm.

Qenny: I’ve thought of that, actually, but it means making an effort, the sort of thing I’m not that good at.

Princess Jibi: Having custom ringtones for everyone must be SO confusing!

11:19 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could always try an (allegedly!) Ashley Cole maneouvre and stick the phone where only he will feel it?

I have an mp3 of Kylie's Chocolate as my alarm, a very soothing way to wake up! (",)

2:23 pm  
Anonymous xmichra said...

hmm. most people find it odd that i don't have a cell phone. Never have. My husband has one... and now he rarely even takes it with him because of the large charges that happen when he

I will stick to my trusty alarm clock.

4:06 pm  
Blogger angel said...

i use a "rise & shine & fall in" bugle call on my phone to wake me up! it annoys me immensely but i don't hear anything else...

3:06 pm  
Blogger Alan said...

I have this odd ability to wake up just before my alarm is due to go off. The odd thing is that I work shifts and my alarm can be set at different times from day to day but I always manage to wake 5 mins before it. This negates the need to listen to the bloody alarm. However, recently I was woken by it and almost had a heart attack trying to work out what the noise was !

3:29 pm  

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