Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 13, 2021

The park near the house where I live in Fish Hawk, Florida. (Photo by the author)

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, December 13, 2021. It’s a cool start to another early winter workday. Currently, the temperature is 70˚F (22˚C) under partly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 5 MPH (9˚C) and humidity at 90%, it feels like 68˚F (21˚C). It is going to be a warm day, though; the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 85˚F (30˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy, and the low will be 66˚F (19˚C).

I woke up at 5:30 AM Eastern; I don’t what time I went to sleep last night, but it must have been before 1 AM. I remember checking on The Caregiver just as the Miss Universe telecast was ending; she was asleep on the couch, and she had missed seeing Miss India, Harnaaz Sandhum, declared the winner of Miss Universe 2021. The telecast ended at 10 PM Eastern, and because I fell asleep after watching several episodes of Easy on Netflix, I think I dozed off between 12:30 and 1 AM.

Because I was so tired yesterday from yet another bout of insomnia, I didn’t do much after I posted my blog post. I checked my Amazon account to see when my CD of the new West Side Story soundtrack will get here. At the time, it was still scheduled to arrive tomorrow. However, this morning I received this email from Amazon:


We’re encountering a delay in shipping your order. The new delivery date is indicated below. We’ll send a confirmation when your items ship. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The new delivery window? My West Side Story CD is now estimated to arrive between Friday, December 17, and Thursday, December 23, 2021. Amazon doesn’t say why it’s been delayed, but I bet that it’s one of those supply-chain snarls caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Ah, well. It’ll get here when it gets here.

I also watched two concert videos during the late afternoon and early evening: Neujahrskonzert 2020 / New Year’s Concert 2020 and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. With The Caregiver’s boyfriend in the hospital again and because no one was using the big screen TV in the common room, I decided to watch those concerts (Neujahrskonzert 2020 / New Year’s Concert 2020 on Blu-ray, John Denver: The Wildlife Concert on DVD) out there rather than in my small room. Thankfully, The Caregiver likes music, so she didn’t give me an evil look or complain. She was busy preparing dinner, or else she might have watched at least the John Denver one.

I hoped to write a book review today; I have a small stack of books that need reviews, especially MacTrump: A Shakespearean Tragicomedy of the Trump Administration by Ian Doescher and Jacopo della Quercia, and And the Last Trump Shall Sound: A Future History of America, a book with three connected stories set in an alternate history in which Donald Trump won the 2020 election. And the Last Trump Shall Sound was written by Harry Turtledove (“The Breaking of Nations”), James K. Morrow (“The Purloined Republic”) and Cat Rambo (“Because it is Bitter”).

Though billed as a sci-fi satire, And the Last Trump Shall Sound: A Future History of America is a brilliant satire, but its dark humor also paints a disturbing set of mental images about what this country would be like if Trump and his successor, Mike Pence, transformed America into a Conservative-run dictatorship where Congress is a Republicans-only rubber stamp for President Pence, Fox absorbs its competitors so we have Fox-CNN and Fox-MSNBC, and several regions of the United States contemplate seceding from the Union.

Alas, I have not finished And the Last Trump Shall Sound, and even if I had, I’m too weary – physically and mentally – to tackle a review, at least right now, anyway. I might reconsider in a few hours – a shower and a change of clothes do wonders for my energy levels, as does a nice lunch. For now, though, it’s an iffy proposition.

With that, Dear Reader, I’ll close for now. 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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