Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, April 28, 2022, or: Life Creeps in This Petty Pace….

I took this photo with my smartphone eight years ago while I was on a break from taking care of my mom in South Florida. This is East Wind Lake, a man-made body of water in the center of the condominium gated community where I lived from 1978 to 2016.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing. – William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Photo by Giray Duda on Pexels.com

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, April 28, 2022. It’s a warm spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 7 MPH (11 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius). Today’s forecast calls for scattered rain showers and a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). Tonight, scattered showers will continue to affect the area. The low will be 67 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius).

Capturing locations with Victory Points improves your score as a commander in “Crusade in Europe.” (C) 1985, 2022 MicroProse/Atari

I don’t have a heck of a lot to tell you today. As you know, I took a hiatus from playing (and writing about) Crusade in Europe to avoid burning out; after all, too much of anything, even a fun diversion as a computer game, can turn into a not-so-good thing. Playing the game takes a minimum of one hour even in a short battle along the lines of Clearing the Beaches, and because there’s no Save functionality, you either have to play a game session from start to finish or abort it in mid-game.

And as I pointed out yesterday, it’s even more time-consuming when you are writing about Crusade in Europe for a “how to play” or “strategies that work…or not” blog post. I might not have much of a life here in Lithia, but I don’t like spending all day in front of a glowing computer monitor and wasting time on computer games or blog posts with little to no appeal to the average reader.

I think, Dear Reader, that I am not at my best today, and that I have not been at my best for a while. I’m tired, for one thing; I can’t remember the last time when I said, “I had a good night’s sleep and woke up this morning feeling rested and refreshed.” Last night I did fall asleep at a more decent hour and slept till 6:30 AM, but six hours later, all I feel like doing is going to the living room couch and reading. If I could sleep during daylight hours, I would even take a nap like my late mother did when she was my age.

(C) 2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Speaking of last night’s activities, I watched two episodes of the American version of The Office. I am on Season Two now, and last night’s viewing included The Fire and Office Olympics. I probably didn’t laugh as hard as I would have had I seen them in 2005 – when they first aired on NBC – had I been “into” the series back then, but I still managed to chuckle at the goings-on in the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company.

This is my second watch-through of The Office; a few years ago, I bought the Complete Series box set of DVDs for my then-girlfriend (but now just caregiver) for her birthday, but earlier this month I bought a box set of my own, but on Blu-ray rather than on DVD. I could have borrowed the DVD set without even asking, but I feel more comfortable owning my own set. Besides, it improves the statistical balance of genres in my Blu-ray collection; currently, Comedy content now makes up 3.2% of my Blu-ray collection, per my Collection Statistics page on Blu-ray.com.

Anyway, after I finished watching Office Olympics, I tried watching two episodes of CNN’s 1998 documentary series Cold War, a sequel of sorts to the 1970s British documentary series about the Second World War, World at War.

I managed to stay awake through the episode Korea: 1949-1953 but it was getting a bit late, and I was tired, so I dozed off halfway through Reds: 1947-1953. I will have to rewatch that one – it’s about McCarthy’s rise and fall, the Red Scare, and how anti-Communist hysteria affected democracy and society in the U.S. at the time. If I do watch it later today, it will have to be at a more reasonable hour; unless I get insomnia, I usually fall asleep whilst I watch TV. Another sad reminder that I’m not 25 years old anymore.

Another photo I snapped with my phone camera in April of 2014

Well, as I said earlier, I don’t have much in the way of news to share, so I’ll close for now. I miss my mom a lot lately, and I also admit to missing South Florida, my old neighborhood, and being able to do the things I can’t do here, such as cooking my own meals or going to a nearby restaurant on my own.  Oh, well. Life is like that, I suppose – full of changes you must learn to accept and adjust to.  Anyway, Dear Reader, until next time, 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.

One thought on “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, April 28, 2022, or: Life Creeps in This Petty Pace….

  1. Maybe you should get a covered electric golf cart so you can get out of the house and do some exploring where you live now.
    It might be just the ticket to brighten up your life a bit and would have room for two people and a picnic lunch on a nice day.
    Or maybe something smaller like a one seater if that would better suit your style. With your smart phone to provide navigation you wouldn’t need to worry about getting lost and your caregiver could keep track of where you are.
    You might find a nice quiet place you enjoy going or meet someone special on one of your excursions out of the house.
    Sometimes just getting outside my house for a bit on a short drive really brightens up my day despite the fact my favorite place to be is home.
    Wishing you the best my friend.

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