Shannon Stacey

The Alarm Clock (or Nuclear Reactor) of Doom

I don’t wake to regular alarm clocks. I never have, even when I was a child. Luckily, the musical alarm on my phone (which is about a foot from my head) wakes me up. As a matter of fact, it wakes me up at 6:00, 6:09, 6:18 and 6:27. If I don’t get up at 6:27, my husband calls me from downstairs and makes me get out of bed.

I’m not really a morning person.

Earlier this week, at approximately 5:20 in the morning, I was rudely jerked out of a sound sleep by some godawful emergency alert-sounding siren. It was beyond fire alarm or impending tornado. It was…


Then the sound stopped and, since we don’t have a nuclear reactor in the house that I know of, I went back to sleep.

Later that evening, I asked my husband what that awful sound was.

Him: “You mean my alarm clock?”

Me: “Why did you turn it up so loud? It’s like you hooked it to some kind of Bose surround sound system.”

Him: “Doesn’t have a volume for the alarm. It’s no different than it’s ever been.”

For. Twenty. Years. I remember the apartment we lived in when I bought that clock, after a power outage made him late for work and we needed one with a battery back-up. We were married, but didn’t yet have the College Kid, so twenty/twenty-one years that alarm clock’s been going off and I had no idea what it sounded like.

Thankfully that 5:20am jolt hasn’t happened again and I’m sleeping peacefully until 6:00/6:09/6:18/6:27 again. How the rest of the world manages to handle waking every morning to an emergency nuclear reactor meltdown drill is beyond me.

I wonder if the battery in that clock’s battery back-up still works…

2 comments to “The Alarm Clock (or Nuclear Reactor) of Doom”

  1. library addict
      · October 8th, 2014 at 6:13 pm · Link


    If I am really tired I will sleep through my alarm clock as well as the alarm clock/reminders on my phone regardless of how close they are to me.

  2. azteclady
      · October 9th, 2014 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Oh my good lord. The battery. The BATTERY!!!

    I’m crying over here.

    Thank you, I totally needed this.

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