Meanwhile, I ain't a-wastin' time no more - Allman Brothers
The unexpected death came with flashing lights.
Flashing lights on the face of my alarm clock foretold a problem.
A power surge I suspected. But after fiddling with the clock, the flashing numbers continued.
This clock was at least 10 years old, so I knew it was time for a new toy.
I loved my alarm clock that could play relaxation noises from an ocean, the wind, forest and beach.
Seems this noise feature cannot be found in most digital alarm clocks these days.
Tossing my clock aside, I went shopping.
Surprisingly, it only took a few minutes for me to select a new device. (Ice glaciers have melted in the time that it takes me to render some decision.)
There were no relaxation noises on this model, but this new device could charge my smartphone!
Back home, I plugged in my toy. Nothing happened. No blinking numbers. Nothing.
Back at the store, my defective toy was replaced. The salesman, who had failed to recognize me from my previous visit one hour ago, had trouble figuring this clock.
Back home, I plugged in my new toy. Joy!
Alas, there were no forest sounds.