I need to give you some background. The first thing that you need to know is that I use my Windows Mobile device (i-mate JasJar) to wake me up each morning. I have three alarms set to ensure that I get out of bed and make it to the bus stop. The alarms go off at 6:00am, 6:15am and 6:25am – sometimes I change the times depending on what I have planned for the day but these times had been locked in for pretty much a week.
The second thing you need to know is that I recently returned from Seattle which was going through a daylight savings time transition and I had to do all manner of things to stop my phone from telling me it was an hour earlier or later (can’t remember which).
Today started out like any other, I was woken by the alarm built into my JasJar. I remember feeling a little bit more tired than normal so I hit the dismiss button and waited for the next alarm to come along in fifteen minutes.
When the alarm rang again I managed to pull myself out of bed (still feeling a little bit dazed), have a quick shower and stumble into some work clobber. Next thing I knew I was out the front door taking the ten minute walk to the bus stop.
I noted with some interest that it was a little darker than usual (lately it has been darker than usual anyway) in that I could still see some of the night stars in the sky. Not thinking clearly I figured this must be the effect of the daylight savings transition that the east coast of Australia just went through on Saturday evening.
Eventually I get to the bus stop and I sit down and wait patiently. It was then that I observed a few more things:
- The birds in the tree thirty feet away were silent, they are normally making all kinds of racket (I don’t believe the people in the house next to the tree actually get a chance to sleep in).
- The usual stream of early morning walkers weren’t walking past.
- I couldn’t see the beginnings of a sunrise coming up from the east behind me.
- There was still quite a bit of frost in the air landing on the face, and I was really REALLY cold.
At this point I pulled out my JasJar and looked at the clock. It read 6:45am – then in a flash it set back to 5:45am – WTF!!! I decided that since I had some time (it was now 5:38am and my bus doesn’t arrive until 6:47am) I would walk back home and grab a jumper and vest then walk back and brave the cold.
I got back home and noted that the microwave actually said it was 5:00am. Being a dumb microwave processor I figured it wouldn’t account for daylight savings time – although Nic may have changed the time yesterday.
Not wanting to miss the bus I grabbed the jumper and best and walked back to the bus stop, feeling significantly warmer. By the time I got back it was only a short wait until my bus *should* have arrived – it didn’t.
Thats OK I thought – the bus driver probably is having the same kind of alarm problems I am and is probably running late. It got around to 7:10, no bus, 7:30 still no bus! It was at this point I was borderline furious at ACTION buses that THREE buses would miss their schedule.
Of course – being a programming I have a tendency to apply logic to most situations and I started to wonder whether three buses were late (three seperate but identical stuff ups) or whether, it was more likely that I was the one that had stuffed up. I called home for the time check.
The time is 6:47am. Urgggh! My alarm hadn’t woken me u at 5:00am, it had woken me up at 4:00am!!!
So, let’s recap my morning timeline (real time this time):
- 4:00am: Alarm goes off.
- 4:12am: Alarm goes off and I wake up this time.
- 4:30am: Out the door walking to the bus stop.
- 4:45am: I realise something is wrong.
- 5:00am: Back home grabbing some warmer clothes.
- 5:30am: Back at the bus stop waiting for the bus.
- 6:30am: Really up set that the “6:47am” bus isn’t here yet.
- 6:47am: Realised the stuff up, boarding the bus giving the bus driver a smile and seeing the usual suspects on the bus.
I’m pretty much over timezones, daylight savings time and the whole timezone conversion problem that goes with it. I am convinced that I have stumbled across a glitch in the software somewhere that only happens once a year to some poor sap (and this year it was me).