Oh, Those End-of-Summer Blues & They Call the Wind…Sally

Graphic: NOAA/National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL

Don’t know why
There’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
– Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler

Well, it’s now early Sunday afternoon here in my corner of…er…not Paradise, but Florida, and the day is still a bit gray, damp, and even blustery.

Tropical Storm Sally is nowhere as impressive or dangerous as the hurricane in this illustration. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Right now it’s mostly sunny – at least at the spot where the weather data was collected – and the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C). It has been raining on and off since I woke up, as squalls from Tropical Storm Sally pass over this part of the state. Currently, there is a 14 MPH breeze blowing from the northwest, and the forecast for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening hours still includes some scattered thunderstorms. A fun day this Sunday? Not a chance.

August and September mark the peak of the hurricane season here in the Sunshine State, and I long ago learned to accept it as part of living in the subtropical region known as Hurricane Alley. I was too young to remember the passing-through of Hurricane Betsy in the 1965 season, and since we moved away from the United States for a six-year-period after that, I remember that South Florida was spared the horrors of a destructive hurricane until August of 1992.

That’s when – of course – Hurricane Andrew roared through southern Miami-Dade County and caused billions of dollars of property damage and killed – directly and indirectly – 44 Floridians before heading over the Gulf (as Tropical Storm Sally  is doing) and barreling into Louisiana before dissipating over the South on the 28th of August.

Photo by Burak K on Pexels.com

I actually forgot about Tropical Storm Sally’s existence; I have a TV in my study, but I don’t have a cable connection and can only access the local news if I go out into the TV/family room, which has the only cable-connected set that I can watch. I broke my habit of watching local and TV news since I moved from my former home, and the people I share the residence with are not necessarily news junkies.

If I hadn’t been out in the TV room a short time ago and watched the local news channel, I still would have assumed that the inclement weather was just part of the normal Florida wet season, which begins early in May and ends in November.

I’m tired. I slept poorly last night, and I have no idea what to do after I take my shower and change into clean clothes. Should I watch a movie? Read a book? Play a session of Cold Waters? I don’t feel like doing any of those, but it’s not like I can call up one of my friends and go out for a beer or see a movie. Here, I have no friends at all besides the folks I live with, whereas in my old neighborhood I at least knew a score of people, perhaps more. The COVID-19 pandemic would have limited what we could do socially, but limited options are far better than none, I always say.

Photo Credit:Hasbro. (C) 2020 Hasbro, Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd. (LFL)

If there’s a bright spot to this blustery and gloomy not-Funday Sunday, it is this: my Star Wars The Black Series Han Solo (Carbonite) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary) figure arrived sometime after noon. I haven’t opened the cardboard Amazon Prime box to look at the cardback package, but it is in my study.  

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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