I always set my microwave to 99 minutes on Sunday morning and then just withdraw from that balance throughout the week by starting and stopping it as needed. That way I can feel involved in the microwaving process and not just like a helpless outsider who has become a passive slave of corporate machines.
I also cut mine off, but usually at the first sound of a beep/as soon as it hits “zero” when I am re-heating my first cup of coffee in the morning while SWMBO is still asleep. (And I programmed it NOT to show the time of day since it is in a cabinet…)
I guess I am a “complete mess” (Irk’s words) because I find it a minor inconvenience because the lone clock in the kitchen is the microwave and occasionally that’s useful (and no, I don’t carry my cell phone on my person 100% of the time, particularly when I am home and not wearing something with pockets)
No, its not a huge deal, I can take the four steps over there and reset the microwave display to the clock. But the person who last used the microwave could have taken the extra .2 seconds to hit the reset button when they were done. I think its reasonable to be put off ever so slightly: not enough that I would ever complain about it unsolicited, but if asked point blank, my answer would “a little bit”
the lone clock in the kitchen is the microwave and occasionally that’s useful
95% of the time, if I am at home and in the kitchen I don’t give a shit what time it is. On those few occasions when I do I can check the time on the oven, though those LEDs are getting hard to read. Or I can look at the cordless handset for the gasp landline (well, technically it’s a VOIP, but still the same number for over 30 yrs). If I am cooking something I will use a timer or promptly forget what time I started.