Mornings are not my time. I drag myself out of bed, latch onto a glass of orange juice and plop into a chair to watch the television news. It takes a while for my brain to kick in. Part way through every newscast, however, a question rears up. Am I the only viewer who wonders why they waste so much time on traffic reports?
Even if, and I emphasize the IF, I were going to join the masses on the highway inching my way towards the city, TV traffic reports during breakfast wouldn’t help me. They would be outdated before I left the driveway. Radio traffic reports make sense. I can listen to them as I travel. Whatever fender-bender may be causing a slowdown on Highway #1 at the Kensington exit will be cleared away by the time I reach that location. I don’t need to know about it while I’m sipping my juice.
Television traffic reports are uninteresting, useless fillers. When I tune in to the morning news I want news. If a major artery is going to be closed for the morning due to an accident, that’s news. A helicopter view of a bridge deck where “traffic is building” is not news.
Am I the only one frustrated?
::end of rant:: and I apologize that this has nothing whatsoever to do with writing unless you consider that it gets my blood moving so that I’m ready to write.