Going to school never bothered me. Getting up to go to school was always a challenge.

Even as a college student, making an 8:00 AM class — just steps from the dorm — was not an easy task.

But aging does strange things to the body. My internal alarm clock is set between 5:00 and 5:30. Six o’clock feels like sleeping in on weekends.

In more youthful days I was told that getting up early was full of advantages. At least it was full of adages.

“The early bird gets the worm.” “Early to bed, early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy and wise.”

But there is a downside to having the first feet to hit the floor. Television.

I like to catch up on the news while knocking off graying stubble with my Braun electric razor. But on the East Coast, when most of the nation is rolling over on their sides and snoozing, television stations offer the limited viewers their very worse.

Third-tier TV preachers like Jim WhittingTON — and other camera-happy salesmen — make their pitches. “Paid programming” (infomercials) dominate the airways.

Even so-called 24-hour news channels — like CNN and FOX — air reruns until 6:00 AM. I don’t want to see/hear Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity live in prime time. I sure don’t want to watch them in rerun before breakfast.

So I catch enough weather to know how to dress for the day and the scrolling scores of the games that ended after I fell asleep. I’ll read the other news online at the coffee shop.

However, I really have taken to getting up early. In fact, 6:00 to 9:00 AM is my favorite and most productive time of the day.

It is not likely that this habit will make me healthier, wealthier or wiser. But I am among the first each day to know about Forearm Forklift Straps, Buying Homes for $300, and How to Get Slim in Six Weeks.

Oh, and Preacher Jim offered to “personally write (my) name on a prayer hanky” and send it to me for a few bucks. I’m sure he was talking directly to me. Most everyone else was still asleep.

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