Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the east at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 86˚F (30˚C). Today’s forecast: we can expect light rain throughout the day and a high of 90˚F (32˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy and the low will be 70˚F (21˚C).
As I sit here listening to one of my classical music albums on my Amazon Music app, I am trying to plan a Saturday that does not involve sitting in my room all day, either gaming or watching movies on the only TV that has Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and a working Blu-ray player. The Caregiver decided to go off to the beach with her new boyfriend, leaving me to figure out what to do for meals in a house equipped with a gas stove – which I hate using – and her three young adult kids, who basically lead lives of their own and rarely interact with me beyond an exchange of pleasantries.
Until last week, the TV in what I call the “common room” or, as we say in the Sunshine State, the “Florida Room,” was connected to a working Blu-ray player and a Roku through which one could watch Disney+, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, or listen to music through Amazon Prime Music. But since the Caregiver still works remotely from her home office and – thanks to the design and size of the house and the location of the original router – she has the worst Wi-Fi reception.
Since she works for the county, the Caregiver needs a stable and fast connection, so I think that her middle son – who is the tech wiz here – found a workaround for the problem of bandwith deficits; they got an additional new router and installed it in the master bedroom, which is also the Caregiver’s home office.
However, because the Blu-ray player and the Roku on the “big TV” out in the Florida room are bandwith hogs that need the WiFi to work or allow their apps to work on the Samsung television, they were disabled. So…I can watch stuff on Spectrum Cable, but no movies from my collection “out there.” To do that, I have to stay in here, in my room.
So today, Dear Reader, my options for not being in here are:
- Read a book on the living room couch, because the best lighting and most comfy reading environment are there
- Take my small Lenovo Thinkpad out to the kitchenette table and game there. I synched my Steam account to it and have a few of my games set up in the small counterpart to this PC so that if I want to play them out there, I can
- Turn on the cable TV and try to find something watchable and park my butt on the Florida room couch and watch TV there until the Caregiver and her beau come home
Right now, I’m leaning more in favor of reading a book in the living room. I have quite a few books on the To Be Read (TBR) pile in varying degrees of progress-toward-completion. For instance, I am three-quarters of the way through Kristin Baver’s Skywalker: A Family at War (DK Books, 2021), an in-universe biography of Anakin Skywalker – aka Darth Vader – and his family as seen through the eyes of an anonymous historian in that galaxy far, far away.
I’m also almost done with 2034: A Novel of the Next World War by Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis (Penguin Random House, 2021). I probably should have written a review of it earlier this week, but I chose to post movie reviews from my Epinions archives instead. (The laptop in which those old reviews are stored is dying, you see, and since I don’t always have the time or the energy to write “fresh content” in A Certain Point of View, Too, repurposing old stuff is both a time-saving measure and a second chance for life for reviews that will soon be lost when my Compaq laptop gives up the ghost.)
I’m also waiting for the Post Office lady to drive up to our mailbox and deliver my much-delayed copy of Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy (Book II: Greater Good). I pre-ordered my copy of the second volume of Zahn’s Ascendancy trilogy in December, and it was due to arrive last Tuesday, but somehow it ended up in Odessa, Florida and didn’t arrive by Thursday, so Amazon sent me a replacement for free.
Presently, that copy is marked as Out for Delivery, so it will be here by 4 or so in the afternoon. The other copy? It’s In Transit – after sitting in Odessa for three days! – but it’s headed away from New Hometown, Florida and toward Jacksonville, Florida.
If that is not confusing, I don’t know what is.