Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 25, 2021, or: Thanksgiving Day is Here….

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida. It is a cold end-of-autumn day. Currently, the temperature is 65˚F (19˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H) and humidity at 85%, the wind chill factor Is 62˚F (17˚C). Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 77˚F (25˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy. The low will be 55˚F (13˚C).

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, its territories, and  dependencies. And as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, preparations are apace for tonight’s traditional turkey dinner. The menu is nearly identical to last year’s, except that this year the Caregiver is not going to make wild rice as one of the side dishes.

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As for Your Humble Correspondent?

I don’t have much to say about my life, really. Today I woke up earlier than I wanted – 5:20 AM Eastern Time – and although I tried to fall asleep again, I was up and about at 5:50 AM. It was colder then, and since I’m not terribly fond of cold temperatures, I tossed and turn and tried to cover myself with the blankets I have, but to no avail.

As a result, I’m sleepy and tired. And because I feel like a fifth wheel around here, I’m not enthusiastic about today being Thanksgiving. I’ll feel better once I have some coffee – but on the whole I’d rather be….elsewhere.

(C) Parc Film Madeleine Films Beta Film GmbH/20th Century Fox (C) 2017 Criterion

On the brighter side of things, tomorrow I’ll be getting my Criterion Collection Blu-ray of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg). This is a 1964 film by French director Jacques Demy, and it’s a “sing-through” musical starring Catherine Deneuve (in what I think was her movie debut) and Nino Castelnuovo. It’s a French film – one of the few foreign language films in my collection – but it has English subtitles.

Here’s the summary of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg from

An umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter glows with first love for a handsome garage mechanic. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly.

The regular price of this 2017 Blu-ray release is $39.99, but it’s on sale for 50% off, so I snapped it up on Amazon on Tuesday night.

Because today is Thanksgiving, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg won’t be here until tomorrow. No big deal. I still remember when Amazon orders took a week to get to my Miami home. It didn’t bother me then, and one day’s wait due to a holiday is not going to kill me. I have plenty of other movies to watch as it is.

Well, that’s all the news I have to share for now. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, get vaccinated, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Source: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg listing on

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.

4 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 25, 2021, or: Thanksgiving Day is Here….

  1. Not a turkey fan either. I made a crockpot full of baked ham and beans with fresh homemade cornbread. It will last the two of us several days.
    Tune into the parade & cop a buzz.
    Happy Thanksgiving

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    1. Re turkey: I’m…neutral about turkey. I like it if it’s well-prepared and is neither dry nor bland-in-taste. If it’s indifferently cooked, well…..

      Given my ruthers, I would have gone with roast beef. However, I don’t have any say in the matter.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Tommy!

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