Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 10, 2021, or: Come Rain or Come Shine (Looks Like I’ll Be Reading Today)

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Hey, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 89˚F (31˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 58% and the wind blowing from the east at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 103˚F (39˚C). Today’s forecast is typical Florida summer weather: thunderstorms are expected to roll through our area during the afternoon, and the high will be 91˚F (33˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy. The low will be 74˚F (23˚C). Today’s Air Quality Index (AQI) is 26 or Good.

I took this photo from what used to be my house seven summers ago. A thunderstorm knocked a small tree down with a wicked wind gust. The tree landed on the parking spot assigned to our house. Had my half-sister’s Toyota been parked there, she would not have been happy! (Photo by the author)

Even though I have lived in Florida 52 of my 58 years on Earth – 46 in South Florida and six in the central-Gulf Coast area – I have never really liked the summer season in the Sunshine State. It coincides with half of the six-month-long Atlantic hurricane season, and it is hellishly hot and often punctuated by days of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Worse yet, despite the claims of climate change deniers, our summers get hotter and stormier every year.

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I had planned to while away my Saturday by watching movies or a couple of “Innings” from Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns on Blu-ray, but I guess I’ll just have to read a book when the storms get here. I’d rather watch something; I bought the Baseball Blu-rays – despite the fact that Burns decided to crop the frames and change the aspect ratio from the original 1.33:1 to a more “widescreen-friendly” 1.78: 1 – to enjoy the remastered Baseball on my 4K UHD TV. I didn’t buy them so that the box would sit on a shelf and gather dust!

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Thankfully – unlike most of the people I share this house with – I love to read, so I’ll just pick a book from my TBR stack, find a cozy corner that is not in my room, and read until the storms subside and it is safe to turn on a TV or computer again.

Other than that, the only news I have is that I seem to be getting over my summer cold. I still don’t feel 100% better; I have a mild headache and my sinuses feel a tad stuffy, but I’m not sneezing or coughing too much. That, folks, is definitely an improvement, so I have some cause for a low-key celebration.

Well, that’s it for this blog post; like I said, I don’t have any more news to report, and from the images on my Weather app’s radar map, it looks like those storms in the forecast will be forming soon. So, until next time, Dear Reader, 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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