Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, June 4, 2022. It is a gray, gloomy early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (24˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 96% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 8 MPH (13 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 74˚F (24˚C). Today’s forecast calls for scattered rain showers throughout the day. The high will be 87˚F (30˚C). Tonight, skies should be mostly clear, and the low will be 71˚F (21˚C).
Well, it doesn’t look like Potential Tropical Cyclone One will amount to much of anything. The last time I checked on the National Hurricane Center website, it had not developed into a tropical storm named – yep – Alex. The disturbance will affect South Florida more than it will affect us, but it doesn’t look like this Potential Tropical Cyclone One is going to do anything more serious than bring rain and/or thunderstorms to the southern half of the peninsula.
That’s a relief. I hate hurricanes – or any other tropical storm, for that matter – and I don’t want to experience one so early in the season. Plus, this house is not prepared at all, so if Tropical Storm Alex had formed and made its way to the Tampa Bay area this weekend, we’d be SOL. Big time.
I don’t have any plans for today, although since the Caregiver is going to do the “dutiful girlfriend” bit and stay with her boyfriend at the hospital all day, I will probably avail myself of the opportunity to watch stuff in the family room TV set. Maybe I’ll even watch either Saving Private Ryan or The Longest Day as part of my personal tradition of watching movies about D-Day.
Before I moved to Tampa, I would watch The Longest Day on VHS or DVD either before or on June 6 to remember the contribution made by the Allied forces that participated in the Normandy landings on June 6,1944. After 1999, which is when Saving Private Ryan was released on DVD, I alternated between the older 1962 docudrama and the newer Steven Spielberg war drama set around the first few days of the Normandy invasion.
I stopped this tradition sometime around the summer of 2017; the Caregiver is not fond of war movies, so she not-so-subtly showed her displeasure when I tried to watch Saving Private Ryan on the family room set. She never said, “You can’t watch that here!” But she still conveyed her dislike for the movie by complaining that it was too violent or that there were too many explosions, gunshots, and other loud noises.
Since then, I have not watched either The Longest Day or Saving Private Ryan outside of my room; I have the 4K reissue of the latter so that’s the version I watch every so often. But as good as my TV is as far as video quality is concerned, it is not connected to the soundbar I have, and my futon is not exactly comfortable enough to watch movies with longer than average running times.
Anyway, we’ll see what happens. Once I break a habit, even one that I started decades ago, it usually stays broken, so it’s possible that I might just watch Gremlins or some other movie or TV show.
The grayness of the day is getting to me, though. I’m tired, cold – the house always has the air conditioner set at 74˚F (24˚C) – and a bit depressed, so I’ll close for now. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.