Friday, February 19, 2010


We had a silly, but fun discussion this morning, getting ready for school and work. My youngest son was commenting about his older brother away at college, who has enormous difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. Evidently he's frequently late for his morning classes. So my youngest son was suggesting we buy him a talking alarm clock, something really loud or obnoxious that would make him bolt out of bed in order to silence the annoying voice or sound.

Our discussion revolved around the possible clock sounds/voices. What animal noise might do the trick? I thought a rooster crowing, but my youngest suggested a cow mooing or a pig squealing. My daughter chimed in with dogs and wolves.

Then we progressed to other sounds. I thought maybe Steven Tyler of Aerosmith screaming one of his songs might do it. "Dream onnnnn...", but my son said, "No, that would just make him think he should keep dreaming."

So we discussed other singers with unusual, loud or somehow unique vocal skills. Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, perhaps Minnie Riperton? ("la la la la la--ah ah ah ah ah ah") Yeah, that last one ought to rip right through the brain!

We pondered whether a piercing movie scream might do the trick. Imagine waking each morning to Janet Leigh's Psycho shower scream. Or maybe just The Godfather or some other scary dude threatening you to "GET UP NOW!"

Yes, we ran the gamut from animals to rockers to screamers to criminals in our attempt to pinpoint the perfect alarm clock for my oldest son. I don't even know if they make such devices, but if not, it's high time they did!

After all, some people simply do not wake up to your typical beeping noise or radio station music. For these people much more effort is needed.

I just might have to go into the clock business.


  1. My brother had a hard time getting up in the morning. It was amazing what he could sleep thru! We all have our different rhythms.

  2. I'm just like your son. I always have been. I don't wake easily. The only thing that works for me is to have a person wake me up. Your idea for an alarm clock might work for me. Let me know if you find one. If you don't, you definitely should invent it. I'd buy it.

  3. OOh, a potential customer!

    I'm gonna seriously think about this clock business.

  4. That's so funny! I bet you'd get a ton of business, esp. if you could make the alarm clock look like whatever sound it made. :-)

  5. Do it! Nothin' spooky for me, though. ;)

  6. My husband had a baseball alarm clock when he was a teenager. It lived through exactly one morning. The idea was that when it went off, he was to toss it against the wall to shut it off. He did. And it did. Permanently. =o)