Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, March 26, 2022, or: A Late Start Today


Tampa, Florida on Tampa Bay by NASA Johnson is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, March 26, 2022. It’s a cool spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 39% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the feels like temperature is 77˚F (25˚C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 78˚F (25˚C). Tonight, skies will be clear. The low will be 58˚F (14˚C).

I woke up late today. I usually get up at sunrise or even before, but this morning I got up after 9 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Don’t ask me when; I didn’t look at the time on my computer’s clock until I had already puttered around on Facebook for a while. All I know is that when I woke up the sun was already high up in the sky and that the Caregiver and her boyfriend were not in the house. That means there would not even be a cup of cold café con leche at my usual spot in the kitchenette table, much less any breakfast.  

I slept in – for lack of a better term – because I went to bed later than usual. As I reported here yesterday, my copy of John Williams/Berliner Philharmoniker – The Berlin Concert arrived yesterday afternoon even as I was wrapping up the blog post about its pending arrival. I could have watched it in my room on my 4K UHD TV set with its compatible Blu-ray player, but I waited till the nicer TV in the common room was “available” during the night after the Caregiver and her beau went to bed.

In retrospect, it would have been far better to have watched The Berlin Concert in my room, even though I don’t like my futon and resent the fact that my TV is the smallest in the house and has still not been connected to the ONN soundbar that the Caregiver bought for my previous HDTV set back when we had a better relationship and she still cared about my happiness. My 4K UHD set is nice, but it is smaller than the one in the common room – aka the “Florida room,” aka the “family room – that is connected to a 5.1 home theater sound system.

You see, since it was Friday night and they could go to bed later, the Caregiver and her boyfriend decided to watch CNN’s coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. So, they watched Don Lemon’s primetime show while the Caregiver folded laundry. I didn’t say anything; this is not, I think, my house, so I usually keep my own counsel on matters like this. Thus, I just waited till my two contemporaries retired to the master bedroom.

I do remember that it was past 11:30 PM when I started watching The Berlin Concert on the Deluxe Set’s video Blu-ray (there’s also an audio-only Blu-ray and two audio compact discs in this iteration of Deutsche Grammophon’s The Berlin Concert). The concert, which was recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie concert hall last October, has a running time – on video – of 115:27, or almost four minutes shy of the two-hour mark. I didn’t pause it at any time while watching it, so it must have been between 1:30 and 2 AM when I ejected the disc from the player, put it back in its DigiPack case, and turned off all the electronics and the kitchenette lamp before going to bed.

I wasn’t sleepy, so I decided to watch some Amazon Prime Video content. Documentaries, if you must know. I don’t know at what time I finally got drowsy and turned off my TV, but it could have been around 4 AM.

Since I can’t cook on the gas stove here, I could not even make myself a decent breakfast with scrambled eggs, so I brewed two cups of coffee and y toasted two slices of bread. That was my late breakfast, and it’ll have to do.

I took this (admittedly blurry) photo with my previous smartphone during one of my last visits to the Denny’s close to my old house in Miami.

Ugh. I miss my old life, especially my old neighborhood. At least there I had .a shopping plaza with several restaurants and a Winn-Dixie supermarket within easy walking distance – a third of a mile – from my former house. I was good at doing my own food shopping – although I hated the physical mechanics of doing so – and I was a decent cook. Plus I had a few trustworthy neighbors and friends who I could ‘depend on for assistance or even company if I needed it.

I’m clearly not in the best of moods, Dear Reader, and I’m writing this on my laptop, which has a different layout and writing environment from my regular desktop PC, so I will close for now. 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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