His alarm went off precisely at six. So did his coffee maker and TV.
CNN was playing on the flatscreen in his kitchen. He scanned email and FaceBook as he sipped his coffee and chewed on a breakfast bar. He had two more friend requests overnight. He accepted them both.
He grabbed his laptop and stepped down the hallway to his office, where he traded online all day. He took a break just before noon to run on his treadmill and down a protein shake for lunch.
At five, he decided to chat on FaceBook with a handful of his 462, now 464, friends. Then he ordered dinner from his favorite Chinese restaurant. A young man delivered it to his door. He took the bag from him and nodded. He had already paid and left a tip online.
He enjoyed chicken lo mien, egg rolls and hot oolong tea as he watched a movie on Netflix, relaxing in his recliner.
He was in bed by ten. He drifted off to sleep and dreamed, as usual, about living in the wild.
Don Tassone lives in Loveland, Ohio and teaches public relations at Xavier University in Cincinnati. His stories have appeared in a range of literary magazines. They’re posted at http://dontassone.com