Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. It is a warm day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77°F (25°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 85% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 76°F (24°C). Today’s forecast is a reminder that the rainy season is upon us. This afternoon we can expect light rain and a high of 90°F (32°C). Tonight, light rain will continue to affect the area. The low will be 68°F (28°C).
As you know, I am expecting to receive my pre-ordered copy of Who Can Hold the Sea: The U.S. Navy in the Cold War 1945-1960, one of three posthumously published books by the late James D. Hornfischer. Bantam’s official publication date is today, and shipments to Amazon and brick-and-mortar stores went out this weekend so the hardcover edition would be in shelves or Amazon Prime vans on time.
My copy shipped yesterday – probably from an Amazon warehouse in Central or North Florida – and made its way from Davenport to Seffner, which is the distribution center that services Lithia/FishHawk. Per the tracking information on my order page, Who Can Hold the Sea was scanned in Seffner as arrived at the carrier facility at 2:35 AM Eastern. Experience with deliveries tells me that the package with the book will go out for delivery sometime around 11:30 AM, and unless the rain gets too heavy and mucks up the traffic from Seffner to Lithia, it should be delivered between 3 and 5 PM.
Other than that, I don’t have much to tell you. I was going to resume my series on tips for playing Crusade in Europe today, but I’m tired and don’t feel like playing a session of that recently reissued MicroProse game from 1985. I might do it later if I can shake off the shackles of lethargy, but a writeup will have to wait for another day.
I did have some preliminary thoughts about what I was going to write today. Mainly, I was going to focus on how Crusade in Europe’s concept of historical accuracy – as far as the start locations of units, terrain, and variable weather conditions – affects a player’s choices as to what to do with the forces on hand in the Normandy scenarios. So when I do go back to writing about the game, at least I have an inkling as to where I want to go discussion-wise.
Other than that, things here are Sierra Squared, Delta Squared. The Caregiver and her boyfriend have a visitor from South Florida – a friend of Alfred’s, I’m guessing. I want very little to do with them, so I think I’ll just stay in my room as much as I can.
Well, that’s all the news I have to share today, so I’ll just close this post here. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.