Life in the Times of COVID-19: If It’s Blursday, It Must Be Florida

What I might see if the sun comes out a little bit from behind the clouds. (Photo by the author)

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon on Monday, December 21, 2020, and here in New Hometown, Florida it is a chilly – for the subtropics – day. Currently, the temperature is 63˚F (17˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the northwest at 9 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidity at 83%, the feels-like temperature is 63˚F (17˚C), although we are expected to reach a high of 69˚F (21˚C) along with partly sunny skies. Tonight, the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a low of 50˚F (10˚C).

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Well, as I said in yesterday’s post (Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 20, 2020, or: Last-Minute [Literally!] Christmas Shopping Crunch), my caregiver’s MO regarding her habit of letting her now young-adult kids wait till the last minute to make Christmas wish lists will result in many of her presents arriving between Christmas and New Year. Two packages arrived yesterday afternoon; two others are marked as Out for Delivery. But the present for the oldest son – a pricey gaming chair – is probably not going to get here by December 24. Oh, well….

As for me – not much to report from New Hometown, unfortunately. I’m still not feeling the “Christmas Spirit” here, as much as I would like to. Here, as in everywhere else on Earth, the rhythms of the household are dictated by the “COVID effect.” The Caregiver works from home; the two college students in the household split their time between limited on-campus activities and remote learning; the one with a part-time job goes to his workplace, while the youngest one – who is not employed – sometimes goes to her boyfriend’s house when she’s not attending classes or doing homework. The oldest – The Gamer, as I call him – doesn’t do much except play Fortnite all night and sleep in during the day…and the most he will do outside his room is to go outside and smoke cigarettes.

So, for me, every day is Blursday. My routine can be boiled down to a slang term used by members of the armed forces that is thematically appropriate: Sierra Squared, Delta Squared.  Translated to plain English, it stands for SSDD, or “same shit, different day.”

Today my plan is to change my in-house routine a bit. If the sun comes out from its grey shroud of clouds I will go out for a brief walk. I probably won’t take a book to sit on my favorite bench and read; it’s too chilly outside for that, and since the bench is under the shade of a tree, the already cold air will feel colder with that wind blowing from the northwest. Still, it would take me out of the house for at least 15 minutes.

After that? I might either read a book or watch a movie on my new Samsung 4K UHD. I don’t feel like writing any reviews as of late, nor do I want to spend time online looking mindlessly at social media; I do too much of that as it is, and it doesn’t raise my morale or change my outlook on life by one scintilla.

So, on this note, I will take my leave of you, Dear Reader. As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and don’t take any wooden nickels. And remember, 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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