My Morning Routine

My morning routine every day, leaving out those activities involving hygiene and bodily functions, starts by turning on the monitor of my desktop computer. (The computer itself always stays on, but I may change this. I often get up at all times of the night and want the computer to be instantly ready to go. I could at least unplug the router while it is not being used.)

My first action is to check the weather—the universal fascination of the elderly. I do it mainly to decide whether or not to raise the American flag over my garage. (I take the flag down at night, but I am not going out in the rain to do so.) I click on the Microsoft weather icon in the taskbar (On Windows 10, the icon looks like the sun; the taskbar is that ribbon of icons at the bottom of the screen; our whole lives will someday be reduced to an icon), and I get the current conditions and an hourly forecast for the day ahead. Also, with one click I can switch to a time-lapse weather map, or to a forecast of the weather in Pensacola, FL, where my son lives (and where the popular sister-and-brother twins Bruce and Ed Bishop transferred from). By digging down, I can find all I want about the weather, particularly the time-lapse radar map, on that one site. You may prefer another weather site, but this one answers my needs.

The Microsoft weather site also gives some interesting historical data. Today, for example, it says “In the past 30 years, it rained 21 out of 30 times on this day.” This is typical for this time of year. The site also gives the record rainfall and the average rainfall for the current day, as well as the record and average high and low temperatures, all interesting, but of little need.

(Microsoft used to have poor weather forecasts, but they are much better now.)

Once I know all I want to know about the weather, I click on their Edge browser icon (a big, blue lower-case “e,” that shows me my email. From there I click on the Edge’s home icon (a little house) and read the major news items of the day. I discontinued our local newspaper and Wall Street Journal that doubled in price. I sympathize with the plight of printed newspapers, but their problem is too big for me to solve with an expensive subscription. But now I no longer have stacks of old newspapers to clean up spills or to pad packages.

Both icons for the weather and Edge came preinstalled on the taskbar. I did not have to put them there, but I can take them off if I want to.

So, at the beginning of every day, I have checked the weather, checked my email, and read the national news, and am ready to begin my activities. (I occasionally go into more detail on the news by visiting other websites, such as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s, and I check for new email throughout the day. By noon, information on you blog readers begins to trickle in. There are no names of who is reading, but a hodge-podge of miscellaneous information, such as how many visitors there have been that day and the country they connected from (the Far East connects first, then Europe, then the US, Canada, and South America). If I wanted to know more, if I was running an Internet business, a paid third party could tell me the length of time a visitor spent on each page (but not who they were. For me, it would just be to satisfy my idle curiosity, and I don’t pay for that.)

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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