Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, May 16, 2021, or: Reflections for a Warm Spring Afternoon in Florida Revisited

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Greetings, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 30% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 10 MPH (15 KM/H), the heat index is 82˚F (28˚C). The current Air Quality Index is 45 (Good). Today we can expect partly sunny skies and a high of 87˚F (30˚C). Tonight, the skies will be partly cloudy and the low will be 62˚F (17˚C).

I was going to write about this figure today, but I don’t feel like spending a couple of hours writing a review today. (Photo Credit: Hasbro. (C) 2019 Hasbro and Lucasfilm Ltd.)

I was going to write a review of one of my Star Wars The Black Series figures today, but I am going to save that for tomorrow. I don’t know why, but I don’t feel like sitting at my desk for the rest of the afternoon. Not today, anyway; I sit at my desk all day every day as it is, and sometimes I feel like I’m a prisoner of routine and ennui.

I’ll probably take my Lenovo IdeaPad S340 out to the kitchenette and fiddle with the settings a bit; I hate the way it came with Microsoft Windows on S-Mode (S standing for “Security); it keeps me (or rather, my laptop) chained to using Microsoft Edge – a nice browser, but not my preferred one – and the Microsoft Store, and I do not like that one bit.

Yes, yes, I know. It is supposed to be for my laptop’s safety, but I find that limiting, and considering that I tend to rebel – mostly inwardly – to limitations imposed on me by others, I resent that S-Mode blocks apps and browsers that did not originate with Microsoft – Chrome is a Google product, after all – or through its store. I put up with it when I took my new laptop out to the kitchenette to charge the battery and take it for a test spin (so to speak.)

But I really don’t want that to be the status quo forever, so I am going to see if I can switch the Lenovo IdeaPad S340’s default to another, less-limiting mode. After all, I need to purchase/download some professional writing software, and I don’t want to see any “we blocked this download because it’s not from the Microsoft Store.”

A Blast from the Past: I took this photo of what used to be part of the old Fountainbleau Golf Course, which was sold to developer Shoma Homes in the late 2000s by the family of the original owners because they didn’t want to keep the golf course going. This was taken from the East Wind Lake Village side of the security fence looking west. I was out of my house (which was still my mother’s at the time) on what I used to call a “mental health” walk to escape – temporarily, anyway – from the daily grind of being a caregiver.

Aside from that, life goes on in its utterly predictable fashion. I will probably read a book or watch something on my TV later, or I might even get motivated and try to “police my area” a little bit. As the old commercials for Polaroid cameras used to say, we’ll see what develops.

That’s it for now, I guess. Until next time, 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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