Handy code! Thanks!
I found making the countdown public (rather than dimming it in the form_load) made it easier to access from other elements on my forum.
If you refer to the example I posted earlier, it was just to show what commands to use. I agree with you that the countdown instance shouldn't be dimmed in a load_event. If it should be Public, Private or having another scope depends on where you want to use it though.