Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 14, 2021, or: Why I Foresee a Chaotic Christmas Gift-Giving Season Here in 2021

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Sunday, November 14, 2021. It’s a cool late fall day, at least by the standards of the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 68˚F (20˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the northwest at 7 MPH (11 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 68˚F (20˚C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 69˚F (21˚C). Tonight, we can expect clear skies and a low of 47˚F (8˚C).

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Well, I don’t have much in the way of news except to say that I finished my Christmas shopping for this household. I decided to get it out of the way early in November because the global logistics line is overwhelmed by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S., issues with the supply chain threaten to cause delayed shipments and even empty shelves for many retailers, especially since most of the “stuff” we buy is imported from other countries, and the traffic jam in the shipping industry is not going away any time soon.

I advised the Caregiver to tell her three adult children to let her know what they want for Christmas so we can order stuff online now and ensure delivery of their gifts in time for Christmas Eve 2021. From the looks of it, though, either she has not done so, or the “kiddos” are not taking their mother seriously. (Me…I think it’s the former!) I have not seen any texts or Facebook Messenger prompts from the Caregiver with links to what the three young adults would like this year.

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All I can say about this is: “Well, it’s not my problem. I gave L my assessment of the holiday shipping crunch and advised her way ahead of Thanksgiving to tell her three kids to think about what they would like their mother to give them for Christmas. If she didn’t ask them for wish lists, or if the ‘kids’ sit on their hands because they think they have plenty of time to choose stuff, that’s on them.

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I foresee a chaotic Christmas season next month.

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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