Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 14, 2020: Just Marking Time in New Hometown, Florida, or ‘No hay novedad aqui….’

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It is now late afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida, and outside my bedroom – it still feels so weird to call it that – the temperature is 88˚F (31˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 8 MPH (13 KM/H) and humidity at 55%, the heat index is 92˚F (34˚C). While this is not exactly like the crisp, cool afternoon temperatures I remember from my three-month stay in Sevilla, Spain in 1988, it’s definitely an improvement over the feels-like 100˚F temperatures we have had as of late.

“Shaves as close as a blade, or your money back….” Image Credit: Remington

My Remington PF7300 F3 Comfort Series Foil Shaver arrived almost two hours ago; I am now charging it so I can shave the excess beard from my cheeks and neck. I’m still keen on going out for a walk, perhaps just before sundown, and I don’t want to look like I just escaped from a prison somewhere in Russia. It takes a while for the battery to get a full charge, so I figured I’d use the wait time to write another blog post in A Certain Point of View, Too.

Speaking of walking, my new pair of Avia Men’s Avi-Union II walking shoes shipped today. I have many pairs of shoes, including sneakers with laces that The Caregiver gave me when she was still The Significant Other. Those shoes are comfortable for long walks, but I hate shoes with laces that need to be tied. I have a hard time tying laces due to my somewhat impaired dexterity, and at the age of 57 (going on 58), I hate asking people to tie my shoes. I hated that as a kid, and my stance on the issue has not changed, either.

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The shoes are not exactly easy on the eye; they look a bit too much like orthopedic shoes for my taste, but they are made for walking long distances. As long as they are comfortable and functional, I am not interested, quite frankly, if they are attractive for others to look at.

Amazon informs me that they will be here by Friday – they were shipped from Ontario, California – so if I venture out this afternoon, it will not be for a long, leisurely hike through the neighborhood or any of the adjacent nature trails in the development.

Other than writing, taking a shower, changing into clean clothes, and eating a couple of hot dogs for lunch, I have not done much today. Oh, I’ve scheduled a few credit card payments, puttered about on social media, listened to some somber classical music pieces (including Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings), and read other bloggers’ posts on WordPress, but other than that? Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.  

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I haven’t even looked at some of my “how-to” books about writing novels to prepare for next month’s NaNoWriMo 2020 project, which I so enthusiastically signed up for last year with the intention to at least get a usable first draft for a novel. Now, with my emotions turned topsy-turvy by recent (and, if truth be told, by the consequences of Mom’s death), I don’t have much of the enthusiasm I had when I registered on the NaMoWriMo site last November. But I don’t have anything to fill the empty hours of my days – well, besides my blog  – so I will still, as they say, soldier on and try to at least start a novel.

I think my Remington shaver is fully charged, so I will close for now and try it out. I’ve owned Remington products before; the shaver I took to Spain 32 autumns ago was a Remington Microscreen like the ones Victor Kiam used to advertise on TV in the 1980s. So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.  

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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