Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, or: Ho Hum, Just Another $#*&&% Day in Paradise!


At least I have quite a few movies and TV shows on home media (DVDs and Blu-ray discs) to watch if I get bored. (Photo by Alex Diaz-Granados)

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).

(C) 2022 Bantam Books

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.

Terrain and weather affect how well (or poorly) your units perform in 1985’s “Crusade in Europe.” (C) 1985, 2022 MicroProse/Atari

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.

Some of my Star Wars collectibles, including some plush items I received as gifts. I like them, and I appreciate the kindness with which they were given, but I prefer the Star Wars The Black Series figures I purchase every so often. (Photo by the author.)

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.

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.

4 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, or: Ho Hum, Just Another $#*&&% Day in Paradise!

  1. That’s a sick Star Wars collection, Alex. Now I kind of want to go to my storage and get all my stuff that’s been in there for years. I’ve even got the OG Millenium Falcon that I bought in a comic book store for 15 bucks in 1998!

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    1. I’ve got that same original Kenner Millennium Falcon (it was from Kenner’s Star Wars line circa 1979), which at the time cost me $29.99 plus 4% state sales tax). (Yes, I bought it when it was brand-new.). I have it on the top shelf of my Ikea BILLY shelf. It’s still in relatively good shape, considering it turns 43 this year.

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      1. I washed cars and babysat for neighbors to earn cash in order to buy my Star Wars stuff; I was 15 when I started collecting, so I wasn’t as 100% dependent on my mom to buy my figures and vehicles.

        Unfortunately, I don’t have all of my original Kenner vehicles anymore. I had a room which not only faced west, but it had sliding glass doors that led to a balcony. Alas, not only was the view mostly boring save for the gorgeous sunsets, but the direct sun and heat (especially in summer) did a number on the plastic vehicles and their decorative labels. White vehicles eventually became yellowish, as did the stormtroopers and original Luke Skywalker (No. 1). Plus, there was the Cheap Collapsing Shelf Incident of 1992! Oh, the humanity!

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