April 25, 2006

Universe. Plotting Against Me.

So...I got an accidental day off today. Let me explain...

I was supposed to get up at 8:45 this morning to go to history. I've been blatantly blowing off this class quite a bit for the past month because it's a bullshit elective I didn't even want to take, and the Stinchmeister basically told us that all we have to do to pass the final is read the books he assigned (which explains the lack of Stinchisms), but since there's a paper due next Tuesday, I wanted to go and make sure I didn't miss anything important.

Fast forward to this morning. I woke up around 10:30 with no recollection of any alarms having gone off before, despite the fact that I distinctly remember setting them.

This will require a bit of technical explanation. See, I have a four alarm system designed to ensure that if I decide to sleep in, I'm at least aware that I had the chance to get up. It consists of the two alarms on my clock radio, the alarm on the microwave, and the alarm in my cell phone.

I place the clock far enough from my bed that I have to either get up or drag it across the floor to turn it off, which I usually do by either hitting the snooze button or switching off both alarms.

The microwave is far enough away that I have to either sit up and reach across the room or get out of bed to turn it off, and the cell phone is on a shelf above the computer, so there's no way to turn that off without getting up. In addition, I put the phone under the cover of one of my poli-sci books last night so it would be harder to find in the morning. This fact will be important later.

Anyway, I woke up at 10:30 and immediately realized that I had just involuntarily skipped history again. Figuring that I had done my occasional routine of turning off all the alarms and getting back into bed, I checked the clock and noticed two solid green dots on the right side of the display, meaning the alarms were still on and the snooze button hadn't been pushed (they would've been blinking if this were the case). Also, the clock was still on top of the crate I keep it on, meaning I hadn't dragged it over to the bed to turn it off like I usually do.

Not wanting to ponder this any further, I brought the clock over and switched off the alarms, confirming that they were on before and were set for 8:45 and 8:55 AM, and set the "nap" alarm to go off in half an hour so I could eat lunch before my 12:30 class. I completely forgot about this and ended up missing this class too, but that's the only thing that happened today that was 100% my fault.

After mentally kicking my own ass for missing two classes in a row, I tried to figure out how I overslept in the first place, and I noticed that the microwave alarm and the cell phone alarm were off, despite the fact that I had no memory of deactivating them. Also, the phone was still in the hiding place I had left it in, and although I suppose I could've reached in and hit the volume switch on the side to turn it off like I sometimes do, it seems like if I was conscious enough to remember putting it there, I would remember the action of getting out of bed, turning it off, and getting back into bed, especially since the microwave alarm would've also gone off within a couple minutes.

Anyway, I had one more class at 3:30, and I was actually up a few hours before this, so I figured there was no way to miss it, and I should at least try to get to one lecture today. Therefore, about an hour ago, I made the 10 minute walk down there and was greeted by a dark, empty room.

Yep. Class somehow got cancelled without my knowledge. Another dude who showed up claimed it was the second time this happened to him today, so maybe there's some weird school-wide event that hasn't been publicized. Still...I went to this class last Thursday, and nobody mentioned anything about not having class today, and the last time this professor cancelled class, he sent out an email a couple hours before. As of this moment, I still haven't seen an explanation. I notice that the syllabus doesn't list any reading assignments or topics for today, so maybe he somehow assumed that we would know not to show up, but all I know is that I didn't hear any outright mention of "hey, no lecture on the 25th."

So, yeah...several fucked up events within a few hours of each other. Is it too much to ask that I just have one relatively good spring semester before I graduate? Honestly?

Posted by CD on April 25, 2006 04:22 PM | TrackBack
Category: College
Semi-Intelligent Comments

It's ANZAC day. That's all the explaination you need to give. Say you were listening to "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" all day in memoriam.

Posted by: tommy at April 26, 2006 12:14 AM

The sad thing is that they'd probably buy that. "Diversity" and all, you know...

Posted by: CD at April 26, 2006 04:08 AM
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