Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 1, 2021, or: Another Chapter in the Never-Ending Saga of the Sleep-Deprived Writer

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Hello, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, March 1, 2021. It’s a mildly warm if perhaps grey-tinted day; the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 71% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 12 MPH (19 KM/H). the feels-like temperature is 85˚F (29˚C). The forecast for today is as follows: light rain expected during the day; the high will be 85˚F (29˚C) Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy and the low will be 69˚F (21˚C).

I didn’t get much sleep last night; I skipped the Golden Globe Awards except for a segment that played in the background as I ate one of the most indifferently prepared dinners I’ve eaten in a long time (overly seasoned and overcooked steak that was so tough that it could have been used as shoe soles…at least the wild rice on the side was good). I saw the tribute to Norman Lear and his onscreen comments – good old Norman looks spry for a 98-year-old!

After dinner I returned to my small study/bedroom where I watched two episodes of The Last Secrets of the Third Reich on Amazon Prime Video. I also attempted to watch Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but it was after 10:30 PM Eastern and I turned the TV off because I was tired and about to fall asleep.

I had hoped to sleep until 6 AM, but that hope vanished faster than Amelia Earhart’s plane when I had to answer the call of nature at 4:00. I was still sleepy then, but Mr. Gamer in the adjacent room kept me up with a combination of smoker’s cough and chatting loudly while playing Fortnite or whatever the hell he plays in the wee hours of the morning. So – yep – by 4:30 AM I was awake and giving Sandy the Wonder Schnauzer a morning treat. (She’s cute. She’s a dog. She’s possibly the best friend I have here. So how can I refuse?)

Sandy the Wonder Schnauzer and a Hush Puppies basset hound doll I bought for my mom (RIP, Mom!) at the Book Stop in Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus, circa 1986. Photo by the author

Of course, now I’m somewhat sleepy and a bit hungry, but I’m going to wait till I finish this post and the Caregiver is back doing her county job from her remote office in the master bedroom before heading out to the kitchen and having something to eat for lunch.

After that, Dear Reader, I don’t know. At my age – 57 – my late mother took naps between 1 and 3 PM every weekday, a habit she maintained till she got stricken with her final health downturn in 2010. It seemed to work for her, but I’ve only managed to sleep during daylight hours – as an adult – a few times, all of them under high-stress situations.

In any case, here are a few random thoughts I’ve had today:

How I would handle the Trump supporters who participated in the January 6 “Stop the Steal” Capitol breach:

If it were up to me, once all of these insurrectionists are tried and properly convicted, I’d put them aboard a U.S. Navy ship, take them out to an unpopulated island that can sustain them but is remote from the shipping lanes, and maroon ’em there.

Life’s Ironies

I mentioned this in yesterday’s post, On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes, when Star Wars premiered in theaters in Miami (either in late May or early June) back in 1977, I wasn’t interested at all. Now it’s the movie that most of my friends (online and off) associate with me the most.

Favorite Movie Lines (Not Written By Me)

Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.

Favorite Movie Lines (Written By Me)


Well, for some people, yeah, sure, Dad.  But we already had a bad rep in Latin America for intervening militarily in Nicaragua, Haiti, the creation of Panama, even reserving the right to interfere in Cuban affairs if they “threatened” American interests.



You sound like a damn lefty.


How could I be? I’m right-handed!

And this brings us to the close of another post here on A Certain Point of View, Too. Check in tomorrow to see what my (hopefully) better-rested brain can come up with for your reading pleasure. Until then, 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.

3 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 1, 2021, or: Another Chapter in the Never-Ending Saga of the Sleep-Deprived Writer

  1. I’ve discovered that I will sleep in the daytime if I don’t get enough sleep at night, or I am stressed. So you are not alone in this.

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