Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Monday, November 29, 2021. It is a chilly day by the standards of the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature Is 68˚F (20˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 65% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 8 MPH (13 KM/H), the wind chill factor is 67˚F (19˚C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 72˚F (22˚C). Tonight, skies will be clear, and the low will be 44˚F (7˚C).
I wish I could go out for a walk; before the COVID-19 pandemic, I loved to leave the house and go to the nearby park, sit on a bench under one of the trees there, and either read a book for a while or get a bit of fresh air and sunshine. I last did that sometime after Christmas of 2020, but it’s been so long since that happened that I’ve forgotten when exactly.
I stopped going out for those brief escapes due to the emergence of the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus last year, and now that there is a new strain (Omicron), I don’t feel brave enough to venture out even though I got my first dose of the Moderna Spikevax vaccine, I have not gotten the second dose yet. So, I stay indoors and stick to my routine with the fond hope that (a) Spikevax helps mitigate the effects of COVID-19 Omicron and that (b) someday this pandemic will end.
Not much happened yesterday; if you follow my blog with any regularity, you probably noticed I wrote a review of Jacques Demy’s “popular opera” or “sing-through musical” The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg). That “little project” took several hours to write and edit – this morning I did a few more edits – so I posted it rather late in the afternoon. After 5 PM, if memory serves. But other than that, I didn’t do or watch anything worth reporting.
Since I don’t have much in the way of news, I will close this post with a few YouTube videos featuring some covers of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’s best-known song, “Je ne pourrai jamais vivre sans toi,” which was given English-language lyrics by American lyricist Norman Gimbel and known as “I Will Wait for You.” And until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, get vaccinated (if you haven’t already), and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.