Musings & Thoughts for Monday, January 31, 2022, or: No Hay Novedad!


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, January 31, 2022. It’s another cold day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 63˚F (18˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 59% and the wind blowing from the northwest at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), it feels like 62˚F (17˚C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 70˚F. Tonight, skies will be mostly clear. The low will be 42˚F (6˚C).

Last night I planned to watch Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope on the “big TV” out in the Common Room; The Caregiver said she wasn’t watching anything – which is her way of saying “You can watch something out here if you want.” Sometimes she means it, especially when I put a movie that she likes – such as Fiddler in the Roof. Other times…she might mean it, but then she’ll take the cable remote and put on the Home and Gardens TV (HGTV), a channel that focuses on reality TV that blends elements of the “do-it-yourself” (DIY) classic This Old House and Flipping 101.

I don’t like reality shows in general, much less the real estate reality shows that the Caregiver gravitates toward. Quite frankly, they’re boring, and even though they don’t seem as fake as, say, The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, shows like Flip or Flop have way more artifice than the show’s hosts ( Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead) let on.

So when I see the Caregiver park herself on the couch and stare raptly at whatever fix-and-flip show is on HGTV, I am reluctant to go to my room – where most of my Blu-rays are stored – and grab something to watch on the “big TV” (it’s a 50-inch HDTV set, I believe). Even if I have been “greenlit” (so to speak) to put something on, nine times out of ten I will not do so if someone else is already watching a program.

I could have watched Star Wars on my 4K UHD TV in my bedroom, but instead I watched the final episode of Soviet Storm: WWII in the East, aka The Great War (Velikaya voyna), a 2010-2012 multipart documentary about what Russia calls “The Great Patriotic War,”  the life-or-death struggle between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that took place between June 22, 1941 and May 8, 1945.

Originally made for Russian television, Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East (as it is offered on Amazon Prime Video)covers every major aspect of the former Soviet Union’s participation in World War II, including the brief alliance-of-convenience between Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin (August 1941 to June 1941), Operation Barbarossa (the German invasion of June 22, 1941), the fateful battles of Moscow, Leningrad, and Stalingrad, plus the various Russian campaigns that concluded in great victories in Ukraine, Poland, and Eastern Germany, culminating with the Battle of Berlin (April 16-May 2, 1945).

Per IMDb:

This twelve-hour-long documentary depicts the most important events and battles of World War II on the Eastern Front. The series illustrates the history of the war by means of computer-generated imagery, historical reenactment, and archive shots.

Anyway, I planned to watch the last episode of Soviet Storm and then watch Star Wars, but cold weather makes me drowsy, so I got drowsy well before the 45-minutes long episode ended. I had enough presence of mind to turn the TV off and put the tiny remote in its place, then I curled up on my futon, covered myself with my quilted bedspread, and slept till 6 or so in the morning.

In any case, I have seen Star Wars plenty of times, so it’s not like what happened with Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, which I missed seeing because of COVID-19 and the Caregiver’s reluctance to with me to see it in a theater.

It’s cold in my room. It’s not as cold as it is in outside – though I’m sure that readers of this blog who live in places with colder climes don’t think 63˚F/18˚C is cold – but chilly air somehow seeps in through tiny gaps in the windowsill. Even if I wear a long-sleeved button down shirt and a light jacket, the chill makes sitting at my desk uncomfortable and unpleasant. My hands get cold, and my focus is on getting warm.

So with that in mind, I’ll close this, the 31st blog post for 2022 here on A Certain Point of View, Too, and bid you all a heartfelt sayonara. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay warm, 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.

One thought on “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, January 31, 2022, or: No Hay Novedad!

  1. I have a small electric ceramic heater next to my bed. It’s connected to a 20-minute timer, so it shuts off automatically. It is well worth the small investment and cost of pennies a day to operate it when the weather here in Northern California gets very cold.

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