I like to keep the TV on in the background during my early morning scan of the internet but ever since I broke away from the morning shows on cable TV, I've been hard pressed to find a substitute. Sometimes I go to reruns of sitcoms that I never watched in the first place (Becker, Wings) or would watch if I had some other reasonable option. The History Channel is hit or miss - too much Nazi; not enough Robber Barons.I'd watch local news, but around here "Local" means New York or Philadelphia.
But I lucked out this week. I had Channel 11 morning news on when that Staten Island groundhog bit Mayor Bloomberg. to which I say good. he deserved it. He was reaching into the groundhog house and trying to yank out an animal who was happily hibernating. "They were definitely wrestling there for awhile," Schwartz [the groundhog handler] said. "They definitely looked like they were involved in a tussle."
That is what happens when you have amateurs trying to encroach on some body else's tradition. When you think of groundhog day, do you think of Staten Island chuck or Punxsutawney Phil? Right.