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  1. There was a bit of a to-do in the media a while back about the alarm clock that goes off, and then wheels away randomly so you have to go chase it down to make it shut off, presumably assuring that you’ll proceed to get up rather than going back to sleep.

    That said, I am not a “morning person” by any possible definition, but a simple alarm clock is all I’ve ever had.

  2. I’m not sure whether they exist as a real device. All I found were various apps (for Android & iPhone). There’s an advantage to that, of course: presumably one would be less likely to drop the offending object into a bucket of water if it cost hundreds of dollars and/or Euros. However, I don’t think any app has (or should have) the privilege of overriding the off switch.

  3. I can’t think of any advantage to a stand-alone version. I’m pretty sure my son’s app was free (so presumably somebody’s selling an analysis of his sleeping habits to somebody else).

  4. Kilby, who actually ever turns OFF the phone? Mute the sounds? That’s what vibrate mode is for. Flight mode? At the movies or on planes. Reboot? Once a week. But actually turn it off? Never! 😉

    I suppose turning it off would work, but I doubt anyone so sleepy would think clearly enough to try that (unless they had decided to do that the night before, and then they are pretty hopeless). And even so, that’s usually a multi-step process, which is the point of the puzzle alarms. They make you do math or other tasks that require thinking so that you are actually awake. I’ve just recently threatened my daughter with installing one of these, as her alarm clock that is on the dresser across the room is not always sufficient to make her wake up. She gets up, turns it off, and crawls back into bed, which rules out the one that is built into a rug on the floor and responds to body weight.

  5. I had never heard of it either, rendering Olivier antepenultimate.

    I’m an anti-morning person, but I just put the alarm (currently my phone) in the next room. By the time I walk over and fumble to turn it off, I’m fully awake.I also have a “fitness band” (FitBit-like wristband) I can have vibrate if I feel I need a backup alarm.

  6. I just have six dogs who tell me it’s time to GET UP OR ELSE YOU KNOW WHAT’LL HAPPEN!! Haven’t needed a clock in years . . .

  7. BTW, who is that Morning Person character? Is she the same as the kind of new friend LuAnn started hanging with recently? The one who modeled for the life-drawing class?

  8. My offspring unit is also not a morning person. I spent countless moments trapped between “Get UP!” and “Get up, you were supposed to leave five minutes ago”.

    Eventually she reached an age at which I stopped taking the responsibility for getting her up and out the door. Which meant if she missed the school bus, she was walking to school. That finally did the trick… as far as I know.

  9. For most of my life, I relied on a digital travel alarm clock set several feet from the bed. The first few years of my working life required showing up at 5 a.m. When I moved to bankers’ hours, I gradually lost the early-riser habit and began evolving into a night owl. Now, in retirement, I have to force myself to shut down before 2 a.m. and make a major effort to keep early appointments.

    There is a story of the playwright Molnar, whose habit was to sleep into the afternoon. Once he was obliged to testify in a court case in the early morning, so friends dragged him out of bed, made him presentable and hauled him to court. Upon seeing morning rush hour traffic for the first time, the groggy Molnar said something along the lines of “Cripes! How many people are testifying in this frickin’ case?”

  10. Mitch4: Yes, that’s Tara. I believe it’s her first appearance in a Sunday strip, which may leave Sunday-only readers confused.

  11. I could be a morning person…if morning started around 1pm. I have my phone alarms set for my husband (because he is 55 and somehow it is MY fault if he oversleeps), then my own alarm, plus my fitbit alarm. And the dogs. They are the one thing guaranteed to get me out of bed!

  12. I’m another that’s a morning person, but doesn’t have trouble waking to a regular alarm. When I was a productive member of society, it went off at 8:10am. That was calculated to be the latest that would allow me to get to work in presentable shape at a time reasonably close to 9am. There was no messing around, I was up and out of bed and into the bathroom immediately.

    The Day the Universe Changed was the end of this past January. I no longer have a need to get up and be anywhere in particular. However, I know that if I don’t force getting up then my day will tend to creep forward, staying up and getting up progressively later until I’m well out sync with the majority.

    To prevent that, the alarm is now set for 9am, and I allow myself up to a few “snoozes” if the need is felt.

  13. @harvling, Not so. I use an alarm, because although I generally wake an hour or more before, I like to read in bed in the morning (I LOVE retirement!) so I use the alarm to remind me to actually get up and start my day.

  14. I’m currently economically idle, and one of the fabulous side effects of this is that I don’t have to care what time it is. I don’t wear a watch, I don’t carry a cell phone, and I have a DVR to watch television for me when the show I want comes on. Sometimes I feel like getting up at 4:30, and sometimes I don’t feel like getting up at 10.

  15. Wow, there’s a lot of retirees on this site. While I am usually aware of the time, I don’t really have a need for alarms. Don’t carry a watch, but I do have a smartphone, if I need to know the time. The one thing that comes in handy most for keeping track is my pill box with the days of the week.

  16. Kilgy said “I don’t think any app has (or should have) the privilege of overriding the off switch.” I just played a short sports video and the advert before it did exactly that. They ARE subject to the volume setting, though.

    And yes, I did find “Clocky, The Original Runaway Alarm Clock on Wheels”: “Runs away on carpet or wood beeping a R2D2-like robotic sound. Durable! Jumps from 3 feet high”. My wife would kill me if I got one of those. The dog would probably pounce on it and destroy first, though.

    MinorAnnoyance: I love the traffic anecdote. Most of my working career, I was able to head to the office after the morning rush hour and return after the evening one (long after, on some occasions).

  17. I have seen plenty of ads that lock down the app (or browser window) in which they appear, but closing the browser (or clicking the “home” button on the phone) gives control back to the operating system, terminating the ad. It may not be possible to get through to the content (or app) that the ad was blocking, but it is possible to squelch iboth.
    P.S. I have run into several ad-funded apps in which the brainless author didn’t bother to verify the kind of ads that would be shown (such as an A-B-C game for preschoolers interrupted by ads for a realistic ego shooter).

  18. “Wow, there’s a lot of retirees on this site.”

    Well, in the great expanse of things you can do to fill that extra time that comes from leaving the work-a-day world, this site is without question, absolutely, positively one of them.

  19. I have never been a morning person – I was even born at 10:05 pm.

    Mom was a morning person. Dad was not. This led to our going to drive in movies and mom and my sister (only one sister then) going in the back seat for the second movie as they would fall asleep while dad and I watched it. Late night was when dad and I would watch those great movies such as the Marx Brothers.

    Robert was more of a morning person than I was. He had to get up earlier to go to work as he had to be there by 8:30 daily. I had to be at work at 9 – unless I wasn’t stopping at the office then wake up time varied between early enough to be in Manhattan at 10 am or being in a local store at 10:am. Over the years there were fewer clients and the office moved into our house after dad and I took over my boss’s practice and then dad died. Robert would come home and take a nap as we stayed up late and he had to make up the time I slept in.

    Then he quit his job. We are now untethered. Hence why I am reading this at 2:36 am – while we watch “Midsommer Murders” on PBS – second hour to follow – and eat our before bed snack. We will go upstairs sometime between 3 and 4 am and go to bed. It will take me until 5 am to fall asleep. (This is true even if I have as many 5 days in a row that I have to get up early – 8 am or even earlier.)

    We normally sleep to about noon. (I always wanted to be Yogi Bear I guess). So we sleep about the same 7-8 hours that one should, just in the wrong time.

    Work? Well, all of my clients think I go to someone else in the morning.

  20. I use an app that tracks my sleep (tells me how much I snore, for one thing), and includes alarms – it has a puzzle option, but I don’t use it (I don’t think it would work, I’m perfectly capable of thinking clearly and then curling back up and going to sleep again). I do set it to make me get out of bed and dismiss the alarm on my watch (charging on my desk, across the room). I work for myself, and getting up is often optional – but if I let myself shift as late as I want, I won’t be able to get up those days I need to (when I have an early client appointment, or other early event).

  21. I guess there’s still no way to correct a posting. “Kilgy” should be “Kilby,” of course.

  22. @ Boise Ed (now with a space!) – I doubt that anyone was puzzled, but at least it was a more amusing typo than “Kirby” or “Kilgore”. 😉

  23. When I left my alarm clock in the motel in the next state, my kids got me a Now & Zen clock. I’m usually conscious by the first light ting, and it will ting again after a minute or so. Then it progressively shortens the times between tings. I find it pleasant, an alarm devoid of animosity.

  24. I’ve had a puzzle-solve alarm for about a year now, I guess, on my phone. I mean, it’s a three-flashy-light-follow-the-pattern thing, really easy, but enough that I have to be at least a LITTLE awake to do it.

  25. Harvling, I respectfully disagree. I am a morning person who regularly gets up at 5:00 am. But then DST comes along and turns 5:00 am into 6:00 and voila, I am late if I don’t set the alarm.

  26. I showed “Clocky” to my wife, whose response was “That’s harsh!” I think she was imagining some parent getting one for her wayward kid. Or worse, for a husband who’s frequently late getting up for work — like Dagwood.

  27. There are a number of amusing “wake up” devices in Wallace and Gromit’s “A Matter of Loaf and Death“, the one that finally works involves a water balloon.

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