Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, April 30, 2022, or: The Weekend is Here, and I Have No Plans!

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Well, Dear Reader, it’s Saturday, April 30, 2022. Another weekend has begun, and another month ends.

I don’t have much in the way of news here in lovely Lithia, Florida. I am still on my Crusade in Europe hiatus; I have been tempted to click on the game’s desktop shortcut icon and at least play Clearing the Beaches, but I know that then I’ll want to play a longer scenario – such as The Liberation of Paris – and spend more of my time at my desk than is healthy for me.

This unit has been ordered to move two hexes (each hex is six miles square) and has been given an objective. (C) 1985, 2022 MicroProse/Atari

I will eventually end the hiatus; I still have a few more blog posts about Crusade in Europe in me, and it is, as I’ve said in other posts, one of my all-time favorite games from the mid- to late 1980s.

As a matter of fact, when I spent three months studying Spanish and social studies (history and government) in Sevilla, Spain almost 34 years ago, I often had vivid dreams in which I was back home in Miami and playing Crusade in Europe. (If memory serves, I bought the Apple version late in the spring of 1988, shortly before I applied for acceptance in the CCIS Semester in Spain Program for the Fall Term of that year.)

I don’t have any concrete plans for today; it’s warm and muggy now (83 degrees Fahrenheit/28 degrees Celsius under partly sunny skies), but the afternoon forecast calls for thunderstorms – the rainy season is starting, I guess – later, so going out for a walk is not in my agenda. I’ll probably watch TV out in the common room for a while or sit on the living room couch with a book.

Np, I don’t read Vietnamese! Photo by Min An on

I don’t want to stay in my room all day, tap-tap-tapping away at my keyboard or surfing the Internet. I do that every day, and although I do enjoy it, too much of a good thing is not good. I guess I do it to feel connected to the outside world in some way, but sometimes I feel depressed that being online has become a substitute for actual socializing with people.

Ugh. The light levels in my room have dropped a bit, which means it must be getting super cloudy outside. The radar map on my Weather app shows no sign that thunderstorms have formed nearby, but it does show that there is some rain activity to the southeast. I still need to go take a shower and get into a fresh change of clothes, so I better do that before the weather turns bad.

With that, Dear Reader, I will close this post. 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.

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