We often overlook the simple things that make our lives tolerable, if not enjoyable. Take my alarm clock, for instance. I liked that alarm clock: AM/FM, two alarms, big display. As surreal as this might sound, I was awaken in the middle of the night by the sounds of sparks. My alarm clock died in a blaze of glory (no fire, just a bit of smoke!). I went alarm clock shopping this week. Every clock has a different arrangement of buttons. On one there is no reverse, so you have to fast forward 23 hours just to go back one. On another you need to be a finger contortionist to set the alarm with one hand. Many have really tiny buttons or to be set have to have the a switch set in the right position. Why hasn't anyone put a simple to set numeric keypad on a clock? So I throw away old faithful and replace it with a sleek new clock with a few more gadgets than I need. Without too much trouble I set it at 10:10 last night and went to bed. This morning I woke up to find the clock STILL said 10:10. After reading a manual that was printed in 4 point font so they could get 9 languages on one sheet of paper I find that I followed the directions exactly. Turns out I bought a clock that won't count. So another trip to the store! Sorry to rant... It's been a long week. Edit - forgot to check my spelling!