Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 19, 2022, or: Reveries on a Hot Summer Day in Florida

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Hi there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, June 19, 2022. It is a hot, steamy – and not in a good way – summer day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 91°F (33°C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 63% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 8 MPH (12 KM/H), the heat index is 102°F (39°C). Today’s forecast calls for – you guessed it – thunderstorms to pass through the area. The high will be 94°F (34°C). Tonight, we can expect scattered rain showers. The low will be 75°F (24°C).

(C) 2022 Oxford University Press

I checked on my order of Fire & Steel: The End of World War Two in the West this morning, partly hoping to see that it would be delivered this afternoon instead of tomorrow. Alas, no. It is in Florida; the package with the hefty book by British historian Peter Carrick-Adams arrived in Davenport – which is 56.8 miles to the northeast of Lithia – at 7:12 AM Eastern today. I believe that since it is coming on a ground vehicle, safety regulations prohibited the driver from dashing all the way from Maryland to the Tampa Bay area, and the truck with Amazon orders for this part of Hillsborough County had to make a rest stop in Davenport.

Well, that’s all right. I am not particularly fond of road trips; I’ve only made one state-to-state trip on a ground vehicle – a Greyhound bus – in the past 25 years, and even that was unpleasant. So, I understand why Amazon drivers can’t just go the extra mile – in this case, 56.8 miles – to deliver a book that I probably won’t start reading (and I mean really sitting down to read calmly and thoroughly) right away.

If I get my copy tomorrow, I will be happy. Or, better said, as happy as I can be under the circumstances.  

Image Credit:  ‎ Kao USA Inc., via Amazon

I did receive an Amazon order today – I just retrieved it from our front porch, as a matter of fact – but it is just a bottle of Curél Daily Healing Body Lotion for Dry Skin. Nothing exciting, but unfortunately necessary.

Today would have been my friend Richard de la Pena’s 57th birthday; he died 12 years ago from kidney cancer that unfortunately spread to the rest of his body and took his life. We were buddies from 1974, when we were kids at Tropical Elementary School in Miami till the day he died. I try not to dwell too much on the passing of friends and other loved ones, but Richard’s illness and death hit me hard because he was my “wingman” and my most constant movie-watching buddy. I think the last movie we watched in a theater together was Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith back in 2005, although he did go to my house in East Wind Lake Village on many occasions and watch movies on DVD. The last one we saw this way was Finding Nemo, which was the last movie I ever gave him for a birthday present.

A rare through-the-periscope screenshot of a torpedo hit on an enemy warship in Cold Waters. Game design (C) 2017 Killerfish Studios

Other than that, Dear Reader, there’s not much to tell. I’ll probably play one of my computer games before the weather deteriorates and the t-storms begin to roll in. If we get storms in Fish Hawk (we don’t always; Hillsborough County is huge, so even if there are thunderstorms in Tampa or even the closer-to-Lithia Brandon, it doesn’t mean that Fish Hawk/Lithia will be directly affected.

If it does get stormy, I, of course, will read one of the books on my TBR list. That’s one of the cool things about being a reader; if you can’t watch TV or use a computer because lightning is in the area, you can still pick up a book or magazine and read.

So, since I have run out of things to write about, I shall close this post so I can publish it on WordPress. 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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