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tashabear
tashabear
work-arounds
I've been using my cell phone as an alarm clock all this time I've been in Kuwait, and this past week that particular feature shit the bed -- I overslept twice. (I got to work on time, but I ended up missing brekky, which makes a bear sluggish and headachy, and no one likes that.) Then it worked one day, and I was hopeful... but no. Luckily my tentmate gets up at the same time as I do about every other day, but on the days I get up earlier than she, I'm kinda SOL.

So I went to the PX to get an alarm clock (I have one... somewhere. It's in a safe place. I expect it'll turn up sometime in 2008; that's how safe places work.) They have two models. One is mechanical. No snooze, and it's loud and obnoxious. The other is a Timex digital clock of a type I've had before. It would have done nicely, if they'd only had the batteries in stock to power it. They were completely out of AAA batteries. Racks and racks of AA's, but I understand that even if you wash them in really really hot water they don't shrink up enough to use instead of AAA. Whittling doesn't work either. ;-)

Then I struck on another work-around -- my iPod. It has an alarm feature, and I have a nice set of speakers that I've barely used while here, since I'm in an open tent and fully realize that not everyone wants to be serenaded by Slipknot when I'm in the mood. But for an alarm clock, it's a killer setup... as long as I remember to shut the iPod off rather than just putting it on pause. If you put it on pause, it doesn't work. Ask me how I know. Now I just have to work on getting the sound level right, since the speakers reset to pretty much silent when you shut them off. (I need the real estate on my desk, or I'd leave them set up. That, and they're highly pilferable, so I figure out of sight, out of mind.)

So that's me, resourceful as ever. When you have a need, assess what you have, then figure out how to use that to get what you need. (Bonus points if you don't put "debit card" on the list of things you have and stop there.)

44 days.

i feel: okay okay

2 trips or shoot the rapids
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baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: January 20th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC) (base camp)
44.
cool.
So will you bring Spring with you? It is a bit cold here on odd days, even days seem to be quite warm strangly enough.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 20th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That's weird. I'll see what I can do!
2 trips or shoot the rapids