More Musings, More Thoughts for a Cloudy, Humid Tuesday in October 2020

Uh-oh. Looks like those clouds are harbingers of a rainy afternoon!

Hi, there (again!) Dear Reader. It’s now just past 2 PM Eastern in New Hometown, Florida, where the weather seems to be on the cusp of going from partly sunny to rainy. Presently, the temperature in my neighborhood is 82˚F (28˚C) under partly sunny skies. It feels warmer than that out there, though; with humidity at 72% and the wind blowing from the east at 15 MPH (25 KM/H), the heat index is 87˚F (31˚C).

As I promised in my previous post, I went out for my walk around 1:25 PM Eastern. I had hoped to leave earlier, but I needed to recharge my phone battery to at least 90% just in case I needed to use Google Maps or take pictures with the camera and upload them to WordPress. The Google Maps option wasn’t necessary since I only went ‘round the corner to the small park that is now my “hangout” (even though I only hang out with my thoughts) and back again. I did use the camera, though, so recharging the phone proved to be a wise move.

Going out when I did was also a good decision; normally around this time of day it is usually hot and muggy, with the feels-like temperatures usually in the high 90s or even low 100s. 87˚F (31˚C) is still on the warm side, of course, but if I go in summer-friendly clothing (trousers with belt, socks, shoes, T-shirt, and a cap or hat), I’m fine. After all, I am a native Floridian and have lived in the Sunshine State for 51 of my 57 years.

So, yep. I went to “my” park and hung around long enough to snap a few photos, sit on one of the benches, and get a few minutes of away-from-the-house time. If the skies were not so ominously full of cumulus clouds full of the threat of rain, I’d have taken a book, sat down on the bench, and read for a while. Alas, the skies were awfully cloudy, so after I took a few more snapshots with my  phone’s camera, I retraced my steps and returned home.

While I was taking pictures of the park and part of  my route home, I received a text from Amazon; my package with John Williams In Vienna [CD/Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition] was delivered. And sure enough, as I reached the house, I saw the yellow Amazon Prime envelope with my order leaning against one wall of the front porch.

Also on the Good News front: ActBlue refunded my accidental $500 donation to the Democratic candidate who is challenging the incumbent Republican member of Congress who represents the district where I live. I wouldn’t have minded if the amount had been as high as $50, but $500? I can afford it, but I usually do not make credit card purchases of over $100 that often; I usually avoid doing so because I am budget-conscious…even more than The Caregiver is.

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ActBlue had advised me that they were going to refund the money to my credit card but that it might take a business day or two. Thankfully, when I went to my card-issuer’s website and checked to see my account’s current status, I saw the refund had already been credited. That, my friend, is a relief.

From the dimness of the light in my study, it looks like it’s really getting cloudy. The AccuWeather app on my phone – which tends to be a bit more accurate than the PC’s Weather one, is telling me that it’s Cloudy, that it’s 81˚F but feels like 89˚F, and that Rain may form in 31 minutes.

I’m not sure what the rest of my afternoon is going to be like; the college student in the adjacent room is doing remote learning today, and she needs almost total silence around this time of day, so I can’t watch John Williams In Vienna [CD/Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition] yet. And The Caregiver is also remote-working from her home office in the master bedroom, so I can’t watch it in the Florida room, either. So I guess I’ll either read a book or listen to music on my Amazon Music app for a while with the headset plugged into the audio jack on my Lenovo all-in-one personal computer. Whichever option I choose, I will be entertained.

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And on that note, Dear Reader, I’ll close out this post. It’s still early (3:04 PM now), so chances are excellent that there will be a third post in A Certain Point of View, Too before this Tuesday is over. For now, though, it’s Hasta la vista, baby.

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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