Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, October 18, 2020: or, The ‘No Coffee Blues’

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Hello, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Presently the temperature in my area is 75˚F (24˚C) under partly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H) and humidity at 93%, the feels-like temperature is also  75˚F (24˚C). The high for today is expected to reach 88˚F (31˚C),  and the low will be around 74˚F (23˚C).  In addition, though most of the day will be sunny and hot, the forecast calls for rain showers starting in the late afternoon and continuing overnight.

I woke up early; I didn’t have to, but at 6:15 AM I was up and playing mindless sports-related games on  Facebook. Everyone else in the house was sleeping, so I couldn’t turn on the TV in my bedroom/study or go to the set out in the Florida room to watch Star Trek: Picard or anything else. I could have read for a while on my futon, but I didn’t feel like it. I couldn’t go back to sleep – usually, once I’m awake after five in the morning I stay awake; I have to be extremely sleepy or relaxed to fall asleep again in the wee hours of the morning. Today I was neither.

I am not sure if the rest of this Sunday is going to be a good day for me. I can’t go to the barber shop (Just Cuts for Guys) for a haircut because it’s closed until Tuesday. I can’t make myself my morning coffee because we are out of Maxwell House; I’ll have to check the pantry to see if we have any Nescafe instant, but with my luck, we probably don’t.  And without coffee, I am usually not at my best, either creatively or emotionally.

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So, I’m sitting here at my desk – which, by the way, I hate because it’s smaller than the one I had before – listening to Baroque music on my Amazon Music app and trying to plan out my day, such as it is. So far, here are my options:

  • Read from one of the books on my TBR pile
  • Watch something from my Blu-ray/DVD collection on my TV, even though that means moving my desk, so I have a good eyeline from my sofa/futon
  • Go for a walk before (a) it gets too hot and (b) the rain clouds move in
  • Play Cold Waters or any of my other computer games
  • Try to start working on my NaNoWriMo project
  • Write a review and post it on one of my two blogs

Right now, none of these seems appealing, partly because I don’t feel like doing anything, but also because I haven’t had any coffee yet. If McDonald’s or Starbucks weren’t so far away, I’d be there in a heartbeat. The nearest Starbucks is a 24 minute walk away, though, and McDonald’s is even farther away, so…no.

Well, I am going to go to the kitchen and see if we have any instant coffee in the pantry. If not, I’m SOL.  

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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