Odds & Ends: or, Even More Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 5, 2020

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Things I DIDN’T Do Today

It’s now mid-afternoon here in what I call New Hometown in Florida, and it’s a hot and rainy Monday. Presently, the temperature outside is 88˚F under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 66% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 6 MPH (with maximum gusts of 10 MPH), the feels-like temperature is 97˚F in the sun and 95˚F in the shade. Additionally, the AccuWeather forecast is predicting that rain can be expected within a matter of minutes.

Well, I was going to go for a walk in the early evening after I post this – which, if you are already familiar with this blog, is usually a bit after my caregiver logs off from her remote office job and frees up the Wi-Fi a few minutes after 5 PM. However, if it’s raining or if it’s still that hot at that hour, there’s no way that I’m going to go anywhere beyond our mailbox. I don’t mind walking outside if the weather is mild or at least not so summer-like, but I’m not going to risk getting caught in a sudden downpour and ending up soaked to the bone. I have had that experience quite a few times, including once when I was 25 years old and studying abroad in Sevilla (Seville), Spain.

Parque de Maria Luisa on a clear, sunlit day. It’s gorgeous, and during a day like that it’s easy to stroll through. On a rainy day? Not so much. Image by Margit Wallner from Pixabay 

On that occasion, not only did I get lost for several hours during a torrential rainstorm in the middle of Seville’s Maria Luisa Park on the way home from a friend’s apartment, but I caught a cold after sloshing through ankle-deep water while crossing the Paseo de las Delicias to get to my apartment at No. 1 Virgen de Robledo in Los Remedios, which was located across the Guadalquivir River from Seville proper.  I was sick – on and off – for most of the remaining time I spent studying advanced Spanish and several history and social studies courses related – naturally – to Spain.

So, no, thanks. I’ll wait until the last vestiges of Tropical Storm Gamma go away and go for a walk tomorrow.

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As you can see, I did not write a Star Wars Collectibles & Toys Review. I didn’t have enough online time during Ms. Caregiver’s lunchbreak to do the necessary research for one; all I managed to do, really, was to get my previous blog post published here – after, of course, adding illustrations and making last-minute revisions. And since I am still feeling the effects of last night’s abbreviated slumber – waking up at 3 AM is not fun – there’s no way that I could have managed to pull off a book or movie review.

Hell, I couldn’t even play a session of Cold Waters, my favorite computer game of the moment. I tried to play the same Single Mission five times, and in all of those sessions I made tactical errors that got my Seawolf-class nuclear-powered submarine and her crew killed by the People’s Liberation Army Navy out in the South China Sea.

A Kirov-class nuclear-powered battle-cruiser goes down in Cold Waters. (C) 2017 Killerfish Games

In one engagement, I managed to sink most of the Chinese/Russian ships (including two Kirov-class battle-cruisers) in the scenario I created, but I was sunk – after suffering damage from several enemy torpedoes – by a Soviet anti-sub helo which dropped a torpedo at such close a distance that my already-hobbled boat could not avoid.

I’ve beaten task forces supported by aircraft before; I’ve been damaged badly in the process, but I usually win in the end.

Not today. I made mistakes a rookie player might make when trying out the game, and I made them because I was tired and in a rush to win. 

I also didn’t get any reading done today. Usually I take some time away from my desk to read a chapter or two from a book on my TBR pile, just to get out from behind my desk and, you know, vary the routine while enjoying a pastime I’ve enjoyed since I was a young boy.

While I wait for the Wi-Fi to be available, I think I’ll listen to some classical music. Maybe Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Op. 11. It’s not exactly a rousing piece like John Williams’ Star Wars: Main Title, but I don’t feel like listening to rousing pieces lately. Calming, or even mournful, pieces suit me just fine.

I hope I sleep better tonight. I really do. I need to have my wits about me if I am going to ever write posts that are more interesting (and useful) than these personal revelations/rantings/anecdotes.  Plus, soon I need to start working on a manuscript for NaNoWriMo 2020, a project that I promised myself I would do as long ago as last year. I can’t do that if I am constantly sleep-deprived or feeling sad all the time, right?

Well, Dear Reader, I better wrap this up; it’s 4:32 PM and my caregiver will probably be logging off soon. I hope you are doing well on this first Monday in October. As I always say, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the brighter side of things.   

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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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