I've always been an early riser, but the older I get, the earlier I seem to rise. I set my alarm for 4 AM on work days, but that's a joke; I'm always awake by 3. So, what do I do so early in the morning? I get online, of course.
My online life has evolved over the years. I started out just surfing. Then I got hooked into the whole chat room thing for a couple of years or more. Once that scene turned ugly, I found other things to do. I still join friends in a chat sometimes, but I can take it or leave it. When it starts getting nasty, I leave.
My computer's in the kitchen, which is handy. Cliff and I will be sitting at the table eating and he'll say, "I wonder what year they started making Farmall Cub tractors," or some such rhetorical question, and I'll jump up, run to the computer, and google the answer. He's learning not to ask rhetorical questions. But he does come in from the shop regularly and ask me to hunt up something for him. Having the computer in the kitchen, I must add, makes for a messy keyboard and a weight problem, if you're not careful. It's awfully easy to grab a snack and eat while you're surfing.
The first thing I do in the morning, on the way through to the bathroom, is turn on the Dell. There are about three message boards I read, and of course I check email, both on and off AOL; but these days, the first thing I do once I'm online is check my journal alerts.
People interest me. I like to try and figure out what makes them tick. I've always enjoyed reading biographies (if they don't get too deep into politics or some such loblolly that turns them into a history book). These day-to-day journals are a real-life peek into folks' lives, and I'm hooked.
I read some blogs that tell about folks' ordinary lives at home or work; I get a feel for their personalities and they begin to seem like neighbors. I choose some for their humor (Mrs. Linklater should be making money as a stand-up comic, I swear!). Some journals make me think, or cause me to be aware of things going on in the world around me. I've deliberately chosen a couple because the writer is completely opposite me in beliefs and ideals, and it's interesting to see opposing views without feeling the need to argue about them (after all, it's their journal).
Cliff reads all my entries, and often, the comments. Now our daughter has started a journal, so he has to read hers too, of course. He's rather proud of her sense of humor. Yesterday he said, "So, show me some other journals." I think he's hooked! I sent him to Patrick's Place, and he spent probably a half-hour there. He's visited some of the other journals in my alerts, ones I comment in regularly.
I'm not concerned about his taking over the computer though: he can't sit in a chair at a computer for over an hour without getting a stiff neck and backache. But if worse comes to worse, we do have two computers.