The Trick To Starting Your Morning Off On a Good Foot

Jun 02, 10 The Trick To Starting Your Morning Off On a Good Foot

Someone once gave me one of those old-fashioned alarm gradual sunrise alarm clocksclocks as a gift. You know, the kind that you wind up and the alarm consists of two bells and a tiny double-sided mallet? It was as cute as it was diabolical, much like the roosters that seem to abound everywhere you go in Latin America. Or the ever-present street vendors that have a knack of selling their wares at the top of their lungs at precisely 7am right below your bedroom window.

Not only did it keep me up half the night with the jackhammer-loud ticking, but the actual alarm sounded more like it belonged in a firehouse. I nearly had a heart attack as I was falling off my bed in a tangle of sheets when that thing went off. Not a good way to start the day. Needless to say, the clock ended up in la basura after a couple of nights.  I guess the gift-giver didn’t like me very much. A much nicer gift would have been a progression alarm clock. They have all kinds these days, you can awakened peacefully with a gradual “sunrise” or gentle nature sounds. Some clocks even have aromatherapy! Others even offer a combination of all three. How incredibly Zen.  From now on, I’m sticking to antiques in the living room only! As for the gift-giver, don’t think you’re off the hook, ya me las pagarás….”

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