Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, December 2, 2020, or: The Reluctant Christmas Shopper & The Big December Furniture Switcheroo

I think I’ll put on a jacket and walking shoes and go for a walk in a bit. (Photo by the author)

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Wednesday, December 2, 2020, and it’s mid-afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 60˚F (15˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 40% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 8 MPH (13 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 60˚F (15˚C). The forecast for the rest of the day calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 60˚F (16˚C); tonight, we expect clear skies and a low of 44˚F (6˚C).

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Well, after mulling it over more than I used to before the Big Breakup, I went ahead with my Christmas shopping for the 2020 holiday season. Mind you, I seriously considered not buying anything for anyone, much less anything for my now ex-girlfriend. I changed my mind at the last minute because I still have to co-exist with the ex for a while; I can’t afford to buy or rent my own place either in this area or in Miami, at least not in the short term. And even though The Caregiver’s young adult kids know that their mom and I are no longer an item, I think it would be unkind to not give them anything for Christmas this year.

So…yes. I bought four Christmas gifts, although I still did so as a matter of being civil and not wanting to create unnecessary discord for the holidays. The difference between Christmas of 2019 and this year is that last year I actually had fun picking out the gift for my then-girlfriend. I bought her a few mermaid-themed gifts (she loves mermaids!), while I gave each of the three “kids” a $50 Amazon gift card.

This year I bought my ex a copy of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, and each of her kids will get $25 Amazon gift cards. Since I bought a 32” Samsung UHD 4K TV for my bedroom/study, I am not able to pay my share of the household bills, plus my personal expenses, and $200 or more on Christmas presents.

As far as today goes…..

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I rearranged the furniture in my room a bit; I moved my desk from the center of the room and placed it so that it is flush against the wall where the window is. I had to do this because I hated the way The Caregiver had placed my desk and Ikea clothes storage cabinet (it’s not a dresser like the ones we had in the Miami house) in such a way that I couldn’t watch TV comfortably from my convertible couch/futon without having to move the desk to one side every time I wanted to watch one of my movies or TV shows on DVD or Blu-ray.

You see, the desk was set up in the center of the room, with my four-drawer (or four-cubby) storage parked by the window. This would have worked well under most circumstances, except for two important details:

  • The convertible sofa/futon is low, and my desk is rather high. Because my Lenovo All-in-One is rather big and tall, that means that even though my current TV is mounted on the wall, the top edge of the computer blocks my eyeline when I watch a movie or TV show on DVD or Blu-ray
  • I have a 1990s-era X-Wing fighter scaled for the 3.75-inch Star Wars action figures, which I have to place on top of my clothes storage “cubby.” I don’t want it to be exposed to direct sunlight lest its labels – which are now almost 30 years old – fade or start peeling off because the glue dried and the labels themselves got brittle

As much as I hate having to move furniture around, I went ahead and rearranged my desk and my “cubby” for socks, underwear, and other items that would have gone in a proper dresser in my previous life. The room still looks small, claustrophobic, and somewhat depressing, but at least I took the initiative and made it a bit more “user friendly” for me. I’m not sure what the ex will say, and – to be honest – I don’t care. I’m the one that has to work, relax, and sleep in here; she has the master bedroom and the rest of the house as her domain no?

The Kirov plunges bow first into the Norwegian Sea as the damaged Kiev attempts to evade a Mk. 48 torpedo. (C) 2017 Killerfish Games

Aside from that…I didn’t do much except play a few missions in Cold Waters. I set up a few Quick Missions in which my Los Angeles-class fast attack sub is tasked to intercept and destroy a Soviet amphibious force escorted by a powerful surface action group centered either on the “tactical aviation cruiser” Kiev, the battlecruiser Kirov, or a combination of both.

I hadn’t played Cold Waters in a while, so I didn’t do as well in many of those engagements as when I practiced my sub commander’s skills on a more regular basis. In one iteration of the scenario I created, none of my UGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles hit their intended targets, and even though I “won” – at one point, I sank the Kiev and the Kirov within a few minutes of each other, some of the Soviet ships got away. (I did get a cool screen grab of the two Russian behemoths sinking almost simultaneously, though!)

Well, that’s all the news that’s fit to print for this installment of A Certain Point of View, Too. I still have to tidy up my room a bit – I did the furniture switcharoo not long before I started this blog post, so even though the two pieces that needed to be moved are more or less where I need them, I still have to put things away.

So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind to others. 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.

2 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, December 2, 2020, or: The Reluctant Christmas Shopper & The Big December Furniture Switcheroo

    1. I normally follow the “It’s her house, her rules” thing, but in this instance I had to put my foot down. It’s bad enough that I have the tiniest room of all, but to have it laid out according to her “likes/dislikes” is far too much to take.


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