I am moving sluggishly today. Getting up at 4:30 AM for the past two days will do that for you. Quite a few years ago, the Mr. and I ran a morning paper route in town. We had over 100 newspapers to deliver. I took about 30 and ran them on foot. He ran the other 60 or so by car. (I figured I was getting paid to exercise.) The lady who has the route now calls us a couple of times of year to be her sub. (Subs are hard to come by for that hour of the day!) So for the last two days, we ran her route. I have decided I am too old for this now. I am a "morning" person, but not quite that early of a morning person!
The paper route only has 67 or so subscriptions now. I guess that is the fate of newspapers all over this country. People no longer read the paper like they did. The Mr. and I quit subscribing when we realized how much recycling we were having to do. (It doesn't take long to have a huge stack of newspapers!) The economy has affected subscriptions, too. Like many people now, we read the news online. I have to admit that I miss the crossword puzzle, jumble, and cryptoquip, but I guess those puzzles aren't really a good enough reason to take a paper. The perk to online news: no black ink on your hands. (You'd think with all the developments in this land that they could produce ink on newsprint that wouldn't end up all over your hands!)
On a sad note, one of my favorite "customers" on my old foot route died a couple of weeks ago. He lived at a Senior Housing Center here in town. Every morning when I delivered the papers for that place, he would be waiting for me. I looked forward to seeing him, his cowboy hat, and his big grin every day. He'd ask me how the running was going, comment about the weather, or ask why I was early or late. Since most houses were dark when I delivered their paper, it was nice to actually see someone. He made my world a little happier every day. "Some people make the world more beautiful just be being in it." That's how I felt about Otto. He might be the greeter in heaven now. He'll be the tall one in cowboy boots and hat with a grin a mile wide!