Setting the Jeep Clock
The clock on my Jeep is a pain to set. It requires simultaneous button pushing and knob twisting. I suppose if I had to reset the clock every week, I would learn how to do it with little effort. As it is, it is a giant pain in the ass.
My solution is I just never change it. The time in my Jeep is either on the money, or one hour fast. If it is fast, it will be on the money when it comes time to spring forward. Problem solved.
Last week I took the Jeep in for service. Whatever they did, required taking off the battery cables. When all was done and I went home, I realized my clock was 25 minutes slow.
When the clock was off by an hour, I immediately knew to subtract an hour. With the clock 25 minutes slow, it was not so obvious that the time was off, beyond that, it is easy to subtract an hour in your head. Adding 25 minutes is not rocket science, but It is mentally clumsy.
OK, I’m not too bright.
So, I had to adjust the clock. Being a guy, I would not consult the directions for such a mundane simple process. I pushed and twisted every combination of buttons and knobs I could, all without success. I finally got so aggravated that I pulled out the owner’s manual and looked up “clock.”
The instructions were simple enough:
“Push in the button that says ‘clock’ until the hour blinks, then twist the control knob on the right until you reach the hour you want. To adjust the minute, push the control knob.”
Easy enough, except every time I twisted the control knob, the hour stopped blinking but did not change. I pushed, twisted and cursed for about 20 minutes. “Holy Hannah!” How could adjusting the time on a clock be so friggin difficult. I assumed it was just broken and I gave up.
When I came in the house, Mrs. C noticed the vein in my temple pulsating and asked what was the matter. I explained the clock adjustment process was broken.
“It’s not broken, you just don’t know how to do it.”
“I even read the directions.”
“You still don’t know how to do it.”
“It’s Impossible, I did everything they say to do and then some…it does not work.”
“I’ll be right back.”
Mrs. Cranky was back in five minutes.
“I set it ahead exactly one hour, that way in April it will be on the money.”
“How did you do it?”
“What’s the difference, you’ll only forget by the time you need to ever change it?”
I think I’ll give her a five-year extension on our marriage contract.