Hello, Dear Reader, and welcome to another edition of A Certain Point of View, Too. It is late morning on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, and it is a dark, gloomy, blustery day in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 75˚F (24˚C) under rainy conditions. With humidity at 95% and the wind blowing from the south at 3 MPH (4 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 74˚F (24˚C). The forecast for today calls for thunderstorms to move through our area, and the high will be 85˚F (29˚C). Tonight, storms will continue to pass through our area, and the low will be 74˚F (24˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 37 or Good.
I was awakened at 4:15 AM by a barrage of lightning strikes and thunder from what must have been a powerful thunder cell. I tried to go back to sleep after making a trip to the “head,” but as is too common for me these days, I could not rest easily. By 5:15 I was looking for Sandy, our elderly miniature schnauzer, the only being in the house that dislikes stormy weather as much as I do. I found her, in the laundry room, hiding behind the half-closed door, shivering with fright.
I scooped her up – I have a soft spot for sweet, friendly dogs – and comforted her as best I could. I thought about taking her to my small room so that she would feel protected, but she would have just made a beeline for her “safe place” behind the laundry room, so I just held her for a few minutes then set her back down on the floor where I found her.
After the storms eased off and conditions morphed from Stormy to Rainy, I turned on this computer and puttered about on Facebook. After doing that for a while, I went to Amazon to – yep – check on my order of the new 4K UHD Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection box set. And, as I suspected, there was no change in status; it still has a Deliver by June 23 window, and there’s no sign that it is ready to be shipped today.
I know, intellectually, that it’s not Amazon’s fault that my package is in a holding pattern. I also can’t be all that upset at Paramount Home Media Distribution, although I must say that its decision to prioritize the steelbook shipments to Best Buy over the “standard” DigiPak box sets at a time when the 4K UHD disc replication facility in North America is struggling (and failing) to meet demand was…at best….dodgy.
And I know that maybe I should count my lucky stars that I have the same movies in the two other disc formats (DVD and “regular HD” Blu-ray) and that I can watch them whenever I want. First World problem, right?
Anyway, looks like today’s weather is going to be typical for this time of year in Florida. The “wet” or “rainy” season usually starts in May and runs well into October, coinciding – of course – with the Atlantic hurricane season. As I recall, it rained heavily in Miami during my last days as a high school student, although the actual day of the commencement ceremony – Friday, June 16, 1983 – was sunny, hot, and muggy. June and July days usually fall into a predictable pattern: hot and sunny mornings, followed by afternoon rain and some local thunderstorms.
Sometimes – like last night/this morning – a front will pass through the area and bring lines of squalls and thunder cells. If you’re lucky, the storms are not directly overhead and all you’ll notice – if you’re awake – is the occasional “camera flash” or “sheet lightning” visual accompanied by a low “boom” in the distance. If you’re unlucky, you’ll see and hear a display of nature at its angriest – bright slashes of lightning that part the darkness like million-candlepower strobes and thunder so loud that the house trembles and prevents you from going back to sleep.
If the thunderstorm activity somehow steers far from here, I may be able to stay on this computer and get some writing done this afternoon. If not, I’ll try to use my laptop on battery power, even though I am aware that laptops with touchscreens tend to “run out of juice” faster due to their slightly higher need for power. And if things get too dicey with the storms, I will just have to settle down with a book and read for a while, preferably while listening to music on my Amazon Fire tablet.
Well, I don’t have much to report besides the day’s atrocious weather outlook, so I will close for now. I’ll just put on some classical music on my Amazon Music app and relax until the storms pop up again.
So, until next time, Dear Reader, take care. Stay healthy, stay safe, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.
 Today, I see headlines that the second storm of the season, Bill, formed out in the open Atlantic overnight. I hate hurricane season….