“A person should always be willing to adjust for a rainy day. That was a good attitude in all of life, but was a reality to the way of life for those residing in Florida.” ― M. Reali-Elliott, Summer 20XX
It’s early afternoon on a mid-August Sunday in the Tampa Bay area, and it’s not only hot outside – the current temperature here in Fish Hawk Ranch near Lithia is 83 degrees Fahrenheit/28 degrees Celsius under mostly cloudy skies, and the feels-like temperature is 91 degrees Fahrenheit/33 degrees Celsius – and rainy.
Not only does the forecast call for thunderstorms to pass through the area, but the day began with overcast skies and intermittent rain showers. Apparently, a mild cold front is approaching from the north, kicking up thunderstorms at the point of contact between masses of cold air running into hot, moist air from the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.
Ah, well. It’s late summer in Florida, and after 50 consecutive years of living in this state – which some wags have nicknamed “America’s Wang” – I am used to the weather patterns of the wet season here in the southernmost of the lower 48 states in the Union.
If the predicted thunderstorms don’t show up this afternoon, I will try to go to the family room and watch a movie; I can do that in my room easily, but the TV “out there” has a larger screen – I think it’s a 50-inch set – and is connected to a nice home theater sound system. Plus, the leather couch has a recliner seat at the end where I sit and is far comfier than my futon. I don’t have a particular movie in mind, and it’s likely that my desire to watch anything will abate if I can’t decide what to watch, but the use of the family room set is up for grabs until 7 PM, which is when the Caregiver usually watches her Sunday evening shows.
Now, if we do get a round of thunderstorms – with their dangerous lightning bolts and loud thunderclaps – in our corner of Hillsborough County, I will go to the living room, a book in hand, and sit on my favorite corner of the sofa and read until the storms go on their merry way to the south. Again, I don’t have a particular book in mind, but it will likely be one that is on my current To Be Read (TBR) stack:
- Who Can Hold the Sea: The U.S. Navy in the Cold War, 1945-1960, by James D. Hornfischer
- Fire & Steel: The End of World War Two in the West, by Peter Caddick-Adams
- The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle: Stories and Tips from Thirteen Years with a Leonberger, by Thomas Wikman
- Star Wars: Brotherhood, by Mike Chen
As for the coming work week of August 15 through August 19, the only things I look forward to are the deliveries of several pre-orders for 4K UHD Blu-ray sets that have an August 16 (Tuesday) drop date:
- Red Dawn: Collector’s Edition
- Jurassic World Dominion (Limited Edition Steelbook)
- Jurassic World Ultimate Collection (a 12-disc box set with all six Jurassic Park/Jurassic World films)
Incidentally, MicroProse – the 21st Century incarnation of one of my favorite software companies – will release Regiments, a Cold War-gone-hot wargame depicting armored combat in a hypothetical World War III in 1980s West Germany.
I don’t know how much MicroProse is asking for Regiments, but if the price is not too high I might consider getting it. If not in the first week of release, maybe later in September or October, depending on my financial situation.
Well, that’s all I have to say in this post so I will close here. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and if you live in Florida, stay dry!