Last Words for Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Another Walk in the Neighborhood in a Warm Florida Evening

Photo by the author.

Hi (again), Dear Reader. Well, here in New Hometown, Florida it is 6:44 PM Eastern, and it is starting to get dark outside. Currently, the temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under mostly sunny skies (although that “sunny” thing is relative since sunset is only a few minutes away). With humidity at 69% and the wind blowing from the east southeast at 11 MPH (17 KM/H), the heat index is 89˚F (32˚C). The forecast for tonight has changed a tad since we last talked; it calls for mostly cloudy skies and a low of 75˚F (24˚C) and rain in the overnight hours.

The sun was still above the horizon during my second walk of the day. Photo by the author.

I went for my second walk of the day sometime after 5:34 PM Eastern; it was still hot and humid then, but the sun was fairly low in the sky and the heat was tolerable. I took a bottle of water from the pantry and drank from it during my stroll. When I drained it – and I did that relatively fast because I didn’t want to walk through the neighborhood with a plastic bottle in hand – I tossed the empty container into a nearby trash can.

As I did this morning, I walked past “my” park and walked two-thirds of a mile away from the house, then walked right back. Again, because the wind was at my back on the “outward” leg of my constitutional, I got to my “Stop” point within 10 minutes of leaving the house. The return trip took a few minutes more – partly because I was walking into the wind, but mostly because my legs were getting a bit tired. Ah, the price of nearly five years’ of leading a rather sedentary life.

Photo Credit: Pixabay.

I didn’t get as much reading done for The Tonic of Their Victory as I would have liked. If I had not gone for my stroll through the neighborhood, yeah, sure. I could have sat on the living room couch and read from James Holland’s Normandy ’44, a book that I bought last year because 2019 was the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of France. I did read part of a chapter that is relevant to the plot of my novel, so it’s not like I didn’t do any reading at all. Tomorrow I will read more.

I’m tired, my friend. I wake up early on weekdays because that’s the routine for almost everyone here. This morning I woke up around 5 AM, and even though I could have slept for another hour (I mean, no one forces me to wake up early…I just do), I just couldn’t relax and fall asleep again. That, and the two walks I took today have made me drowsy. Fresh air, the heat, and moderate exercise have that effect on me, after all, especially since it’s been a long time since I had gone for long walks on a regular basis.

And on that note, Dear Reader, this is where you and I must part company, at least until tomorrow. I’ll probably go watch something on the one cable-connected TV set (the one in the Florida room) and try to stay awake till dinner. After that, I plan to go to bed and catch some sorely-needed Z’s. So, wherever you may be, 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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