Now, we’re ready to read the morning newspaper. Actually, I start first since I usually wake up around 6 most mornings. The Mystery Woman enjoys three hours more of beauty sleep. We have two coffee pots for obvious reasons.
No matter, we both thoroughly enjoy the papers. Usually, I’m still reading while she sips her first cup and the front page. This is probably more than you want to know, but we have matching recliners (my god, are we that old?).
Without apology, we interrupt the other’s reading whenever we discover a nugget. “Listen to this,” we laugh, and start reading aloud (yes, it seems we are that old).
Frankly, I don’t fully comprehend how newspapers are losing readership. Surely, we are not the only people who have to have a newspaper fix before the morning is right. But I happened to watch the newspaper delivery guy this week. In our block, he delivered only two newspapers. Both to us.
Keep moving. The best quotes come from politics and sports.
Take this jewel from the NYTimes in a story about Karl Rove’s descendance to Fox News where he actually offers advice to Barack Obama. Here’s the quote: “Wouldn’t taking his advice be a little like getting health tips from a funeral home director?” mused Obama’s press secretary.
The Mystery Woman found this in sports. Fishing season just opened and the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story about a local bait shop that was rich in memories of the “breakfast club” which was a group of retired guys who came in mornings to grade minnows and answer the phone, if necessary. Clearly loving his work, the owner grins: “You know those guys in school who were always catching salamanders? They grew up to be bait guys.”
My favorite is NYT piece about GodTube.com, a YouTube knockoff for the evangelical crowd. GodTube offers sermons, theological debates, Christian rap videos and low-budget skits like “See man watching porn get caught by Jesus.” Oops.
No videos from other religions allowed. For those, try JewTube.com or IslamicTube.net. Interestingly, the domain name SatanTube.com is for sale.
The point: without newspapers, most bloggers would have little to say. Obviously.