Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, May 28, 2022, or: It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Summer

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“It was a hot and muggy day.”

As I write this, it’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Saturday, May 28, 2022. And as you can see, it is a hot, humid late spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 74% and the wind blowing from the northwest at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 84˚F (30˚C). The forecast for today calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 92˚F (33˚C). Tonight, skies will be clear, and the low will be 66˚F (19˚

Right now, the rain has stopped, and the sun is peeking through a veil of thick clouds, piercing the grayness that has so far darkened the interior of the house. Sometimes it seems like the skies are clearing, and then the light levels become dim, and the house goes dark again. From what I can see on my computer’s Weather app’s current radar display, it looks like the line of thunderstorms that was overhead earlier has moved off to the southeast, and the rest of this last Saturday in May will be hot and muggy.

Last night I was able to watch Obi-Wan Kenobi’s first two episodes on the family room TV with the Roku app and Disney+. I have my own Disney+ account for my bedroom TV, but without Roku or subtitles, which for a guy with hearing loss is not an enjoyable way to watch anything on a 32-inch 4K UHD TV set. L was gone – her boyfriend is in the hospital and needs a liver transplant, so she went to visit him after she got off work. Thus, I was able to watch the two-episode premiere of Obi-Wan Kenobi on a larger screen and in a room more suited to watching must-see TV instead of my small and uncomfortable room.

I am not going to spoil the show for you if you have not watched it yet. Suffice it to say that so far, I like how it meshes well with both the Prequel and Original Trilogies of the Skywalker Saga. I also love the way that Obi-Wan was compelled to go off on an adventure that entails his having to forgo his lonely vigil to watch over young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. I was wondering about that, since the trailers have hints that “Ben Kenobi” would go off-planet on a very important mission without giving away what the mission is.

Since L will be gone all day – she had to take her car to get an oil change, and after that, it’s off to the hospital again – so I might watch Kenobi again or play other movies on the Blu-ray player. Mine being a 4K player is superior, but it’s connected to a far smaller TV (who would have thought back in 1972 – my reference point for comparisons – that a 32-inch TV would be considered small in 2022?) and is not connected to a soundbar. So, on the rare occasion when no one is watching the family room set, I try to take advantage of it.

(C) 1996, 2001 Berkley Books

Aside from that, the only exciting – for me, anyway – thing I have to report is that today I’m expecting a package from Amazon. It’s nothing major; just a replacement copy of a Tom Clancy novel, SSN, which is missing its front cover and, since I am somewhat fastidious when it comes to books and their appearance, I prefer to get a newer copy and put that in the Tom Clancy section of my IKEA Billy bookshelves.

And that, folks, is all the news that I have for you today. 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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