Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 3, 2022, or: Nope, We Are NOT Going to Disney World (or Busch Gardens….or Universal Studios)

Greetings, Dear Reader. As I start this, my 789th post in A Certain Point of View, Too, it is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, March 3, 2022. It is a warm Florida spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 5 MPH (9 KM/H) and humidity at 61%, the feels-like temperature is 76˚F (24˚C). Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 85˚F (30˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy. The low will be 60˚F (16˚C).

I will probably regret not accepting the invite, but I just don’t feel like going to a theme park at this time.

Last night, The Caregiver asked me If I wanted to go to a theme park – Busch Gardens Tampa being one of the choices – for my 59th birthday, which (yow) will be on Saturday. “I wanted to take you to Disney Hollywood Studios this year, but the hotel I like is booked solid. But we can go to Busch Gardens or maybe Universal Studios. Which one would you like to go to?”

Now, if I had been asked this question last March, or perhaps even earlier this year, I might have jumped up with a loud “Whoop!” of delirious joy. After all, it’s been two years since I last did anything “fun,” much less left Lithia for even a couple of days.

And considering that on this blog I have expressed feeling like my 59th birthday would be a repeat of my 58th – a Mylar balloon tied to my seat at the kitchenette table, a Star Wars The Black Series collectible figure, and birthday cake served on a plate – you’d think that I would have said either “Let’s go to Busch Gardens!” or “Ooh! Ooh! Universal Studios! Let’s go there.

Instead, I said something along the lines of, “As much as I appreciate the thought, I really don’t feel like going to a theme park. Thanks, but no thank you.”

The Caregiver looked crushed and tried to convince me to go. “A trip to a theme park will do you good, though.”

“Yeah, but I’m just not feeling it. Maybe next year.”

I  understand full well that if this year my birthday will be the suckiest since 2015 – which was the last year that I “celebrated” the occasion with my late mother and my estranged older half-sister – it’s on me because I was offered a choice between two nearby theme parks, neither of which I have visited.

Still, I don’t feel like going anywhere this weekend. The Russian invasion of Ukraine weighs heavily on my mind; I don’t know anyone from Ukraine, and I don’t know any of the American citizens – many of whom are veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – who are reportedly traveling to the war zone to fight as volunteers, so I have no personal connection to the war. But even though I’m not an altruistic angel, I don’t feel like I’d enjoy myself at either Busch Gardens or Universal Studios while Vladimir Putin’s military marches against a neighboring country that was not attacking Russia in any way whatsoever.

As I write this, one million Ukrainians have fled their homes and are refugees in various NATO countries in Eastern Europe, including Poland. They’re not having the best of times or visiting a theme park. And people are being shelled and bombed by the Russian invaders. Again, I’m not a saint or a “martyr,” but I know that if I accept my friend’s invitation, I will not enjoy myself. I’ve watched too many World War II documentary films with footage of men, women, and children fleeing their homes and towns ahead of an invasion: I’m feeling sad and angry that we’re seeing a similar situation in 2022 Europe on our TV sets and other devices.

There’s also this personal factor – if I accept the invite, it would no longer be just The Caregiver and me going, as was the case when we went to Disney Hollywood Studios/Galaxy’s Edge in 2020, but we would also have to go with The Caregiver’s new boyfriend, too.

So, no, Dear Reader. I am not going to Busch Gardens or Universal Studios. I would not enjoy it, and since I’m not adept at hiding my feelings, I’d just make everyone else miserable. Accordingly I think it is best if I stick to my choice to not go.

I don’t have any other news to share, so I’ll just 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.

3 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 3, 2022, or: Nope, We Are NOT Going to Disney World (or Busch Gardens….or Universal Studios)

  1. Hello Alex, my 24-year-old son and you have the same birthday, March 5th. He and his girlfriend are just going to stay home and celebrate with their cats. A balloon tied to a chair at home with just one person seems to have become standard for a lot of people during the pandemic. I am part of a book club, a local Citizens Climate Lobby book club. Like all other CCL functions, everything was via zoom until recently when the book club started meeting in person. We are going to have an in-person meeting at the end of March. The rest of CCL is still on zoom.

    Some people never stopped meeting people, I certainly don’t agree with that, but others have isolated themselves and that’s not good either. Many of us feel lonely. However, people are ready to start meeting people again. It’s difficult though, so many of us have been isolated for a long time, and people can often be disappointing. The pandemic, our political situation, the invasion of Ukraine, etc., it’s all depressing. However, Busch Gardens and Universal Studios is fun. I have been there a few times, but I admit it was a decade or two ago, but it was a lot of fun. I love your political analysis, but we must think about other things now and then, enjoy a live show, popcorn, or a ride. It is certainly none of my business but I’m just thinking aloud about a situation I admit I know nothing about; I am wondering whether you’d consider changing your mind about Busch Gardens. You don’t have to stay long if it doesn’t work out and you can maybe write a post about it. Sorry for putting my nose into business that’s not mine.


    1. Sorry, but no. I truly do not want to go to the theme parks this weekend. Given my choice of “let’s get out of the house and get our minds out of the bad stuff going on,” I would prefer to go to a restaurant (Cali Viejo in Brandon would be my preference). It’s less expensive, not as tiring, and (for me, anyway) more enjoyable.

      Besides, hanging out with The Caregiver and her new beau for hours at a time is not my idea of a good time.

      Maybe if I was going out with someone else, I’d feel better. I’m not, so…..


      1. I understand. I like to go to restaurants myself. It is usually what we do on birthdays except last year when we had dinner at home. It’s your birthday so you can always tell them what you want to do. In any case, I hope the “caretaker” care to make an effort and that you will have a good birthday.

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