Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. It is a hot early winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 60% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 83˚F (29˚C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 85˚f (30˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy. The low will be 64˚F (18˚C).
Well, my friend, as I write this – my 385th post for 2021 and 725th overall – I am watching the progress of my penultimate Amazon orders for the year. Today I will receive my last Star Wars The Black Series action figure (Admiral Piett from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) and Christmas Favorites, a Sony Music Group reissue of a 1999 CD featuring – what else? – Christmas music performed by the late Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra.
I still have one last order – Prospero Classical’s Spotlight on John Williams limited edition double CD album – in the pipeline, as it were, but it will not arrive until tomorrow. Per Amazon, it has not shipped yet, so it is probably going to be sent out later this evening or around midnight, depending on whether the e-retailer has a few units in its Tampa Bay area warehouses or if my set (which will have hand-printed edition numbers inscribed on the packaging) will have to be sent by 1-Day Air.
In any case, that will be the last Amazon order – made by me for me – for 2021.
Do I need either of the three items I am expecting from Amazon?
Objectively? No. I don’t need a new Star Wars action figure, or a second Fiedler/Boston Pops Orchestra CD, or another John Williams tribute album.
But considering that my current emotional state is not as good as it should be – I am no longer in a romantic relationship, plus I have the smallest room in the house, my good TV that I bought in 2017 is in the master bedroom (it can’t fit in here without a drastic change to my room, so it stays where it is), and I have little to no say about even the smallest domestic decisions. That, in turn, has left me in a deep funk, which In turn is affecting my creativity.
So, as much as I hate to admit it, I cope with this unhappy set of circumstances by shopping.
Of course, I am careful to not overspend, although this month’s credit card bill is going to be hell by the “payment due” in early January of ’22. I usually have my main credit card set for automatic payments, but I used my card so much in December that I will have to carry a balance for a while. Not a long while, but since I do pay rent here, I can’t – as I usually do – just pay the bill in one fell swoop.
Sadness, or coping with sadness, can sometimes be expensive!
I don’t have much else to report; I don’t have any exciting plans for New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. I’m not a party-till-you-drop guy (a wedge issue with my now ex-girlfriend), and since I’m not seeing anyone new, I don’t have a date to usher in 2022 with.
So…yeah. I think that brings us to a close for this – the 725th – post in A Certain Point of View, Too. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.