Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, July 14, 2022, or: Watching Out for Amazon Packages on a Hot July Afternoon

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Hi there, Dear Reader. It is midday in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, July 14, 2022 (Bastille Day in France and its Overseas Departments). It is a steamy summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 75% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the heat index is 95°F (35°C). Today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms to move through the area. The high will be 93°F (34°C). Tonight, scattered rain showers will be around throughout the evening. The low will be 74°F (23°C).

Yesterday the forecast was, as they say in Great Britain, “bang on.” It was hot, and we did have thunderstorm activity, although the storms did not start till late midafternoon. I turned off my computer and sat on the family room couch, comforting our adorable – but elderly – miniature schnauzer Sandy. If there’s one living being in this house who hates thunderstorms more than I do, it’s Sandy. She had anxiety attacks when the boomers are too close for comfort, and often I am the only one who is available to keep her company when this happens.

Happily, I happen to be a “dog person,” so I don’t mind keeping Sandy company in times of inclement weather.

Speaking of dogs….

(C) 2022 Thomas Wikman and Thebes Books

This morning I received an email from Amazon informing me that my copy of Thomas Wikman’s The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle: Stories and Tips from Thirteen Years with a Leonberger shipped from Haslet, Texas at 9:27 AM local time. As I said in Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 12, 2022, or: Memories, Congressional Hearings, and a Book Recommendation, Thomas is one of my long-time friends from Epinions, a now-closed review-writing site for which I wrote from December 2003 to February 2014. We’ve never met – I’ve only met two of my Epinions buddies in real life – but I knew about Thomas and his Leonburger Bronco through social media way before he started his own WordPress blog, Leonberger Life.

I bought the book for three reasons:

Anyhow, I bought the print edition even though I could be reading The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle on my Kindle for PC or my Fire tablet right now. I prefer print editions to ebooks, although at some point I will need to transition to digital since I’m not exactly in my own house and my room is not the biggest here. My copy arrives, according to Amazon, tomorrow, so stay tuned to this space for updates and a book review.

(C) 2020 Del Rey Books/Penguin Random House & Lucasfilm Ltd.

I also have a book arriving today – it is marked “Out for Delivery” as I write this – from Amazon. It’s a new Star Wars novel, Mike Chen’s Brotherhood. Set immediately after the events of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, this is a Prequel Era story that focuses on the early days of Anakin Skywalker as a Jedi Knight and his first missions with his former Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. I read part of the preview on the book’s Amazon page, and it looks pretty good.

Aside from that, I don’t have anything to report. It’s getting hotter outside – my Weather app says it’s mostly sunny outside and the temperature increased a bit to 90°F (32°C) since I started writing this post.  I should go take a shower and change into clean clothes before the storms brew up, then see what I can grab for lunch.

On that note, Dear Reader, I will sign off for the day. 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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