Wednesday, April 12, 2006

living in central time

So at the beginning of the year, I got this $9.99 watch from Walgreens. Because that extra cent I get back from that $10 bill goes straight into Cal's college fund, boy! I bought the watch specifically because it had a stopwatch function, and because I didn't want to shell out a hundred dollars for some fancy pants watch that had a stopwatch function but also a barometer, a GPS system, and a time machine. I just needed a crappy watch to wear to work, OK? The crappy watch came with a crappy instruction booklet which I promptly lost, and now I can't figure out how to use the damn thing. Specifically, I can't figure out how to change the time to Daylight Savings. So for two weeks now, I've been adding an hour to the time on my watch, while reminding myself not to add an hour when I look at other clocks, and it's just screwing me up in ways that you can't believe.

I tried to just randomly push buttons to see if I could just figure out how to change the time without the instruction booklet, but have long since given up. IT CAN'T BE DONE. So now I'm faced with two choices. One, find some geeky teenaged boy to change the time for me (yes, I tried Joe already--he fiddled with the watch for about ten seconds before giving it back to me because he couldn't figure it out), or get another $9.99 watch from Walgreens. Or go with the third option, which is to move to a different time zone. Hello, Bismark, North Dakota!

Currently reading: "Vanishing Acts." By the same author as "My Sister's Keeper," which you guys had originally recommended to me. A good enough read so far, even though I'm annoyed at the whole "different fonts for different characters' narratives" bit.