My morning routine makes me smile, remembering my grandfathers. I can, with a smile on my face, remember watching my Poppa and Granddaddy Viles reading their newspapers. They did it every day and every morning. I don't receive a single newspaper at my home and never have. But like many of you I'd be lost without my daily reading routine. First thing each morning is to check e-mail. Usually there's a little "work" to be done related to gigs and events. Once that's done and with my first cup of coffee in hand I turn to Google reader and check up on all the things that interest me. I remember my dad's dad always pulling the sports section out and almost memorizing it at the table. He'd then go back to the front page and the locals section. My mom's dad would do just the opposite... start at the front of the paper and read it like a book.
I use Clipboard, USA Today and Smart News like that. I subscribe to sports news, Apple and Android tablet news, music news, the president's Facebook page, financial news about the stocks I own... the things that I feel I need to know about most. I can read this on my phone, my tablet or my laptop. I then read the news of those I care about on Facebook and sometimes get lost here for a long time.
My grandfathers would and probably are smiling. They got a lot of ink on their hands each day. They never had a computer, never had a Facebook account, email address or any of those things that we think we couldn't live without these days. They never had DVR, but would have loved it. My dad's dad would have DVR'd every golf match and baseball game in the world. My mom's dad would have had his set to record every news and fishing show there was. My dad's dad was a master at using the VCR. Much better than I ever was. He never watched a commercial, he'd always record things and fast forward through commercials. I remember him telling me he didn't like to watch them because he didn't need any of that S#$# anyway. :-)
Facebook and these apps will surely be history one of these days. Oh, guys like me will probably still be using them because they still print newspapers and folks still buy them. I miss my grandfathers. More and more each day actually. I miss the simpler life I had when they were around. I miss the security of knowing both of them thought I walked on water and would always be there for me. I miss getting to learn from them. I always knew I had someone I could call or visit if I had a question about life. Now that I'm older I'm supposed to know everything but I find I know less and less. Both of my grandfathers told me the same thing and I remember thinking they were the smartest guys in the world so how could they know less each day. Poppa and Granddaddy Viles I miss you. I might subscribe to a newspaper just to get a little ink on my fingers. :-)