Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon on Saturday, September 24, 2022, and even though it’s fall in the Tampa Bay area, you would not know it because of the summer-like heat. It’s not as hellishly hot as it was in August – the heat index is in the mid-90s rather than the low 100s (30s and 40s for those of you who use the Celsius scale) – but for someone with an aversion to high temperature and humidity, it’s not exactly “let’s go out for a walk” weather, even at this point in 2022.

Actual gameplay screengrab from last night’s session of Regiments. I love the richness of the details, right down to the UNITED STATES ARMY stenciled on the fuselage of the AH-1F Cobra on the right-hand side of the image. (All of the game design elements shown in these screenshots are (C) 2022 Bird’s Eye Games & MicroProse)
The results of an A-10A Thunderbolt II strafing run on a Soviet BMP unit. Note the dug-in soldiers with AK-47 assault rifles and the bodies of their dead comrades lying near the BMP in the foreground.

Today’s post will, yet again, be short-and-sweet because:

  • I have not done anything truly worthwhile recently – unless, of course, you include prowess at playing computer games such as Regiments as something “truly worthwhile,” that is
  • Although I did not have another bout of insomnia, I did get leg cramps that woke me up in the predawn hours. Boy did that hurt! It took a while for my calf muscles – on both legs, mind – to relax and for the pain to subside; at one point I thought I would not be able to fall asleep. Thankfully I did go back to sleep and woke up shortly before 8 AM, but I am still a bit tired even after consuming three cups of coffee and a breadstick
  • At one point this morning, I thought about writing a review of The Only Plane in the Sky, but I decided to hold off on that for a few days. I’ve already done two book reviews (The Third World War duology), and I don’t feel like devoting five or more hours to writing another one so soon. I think I’ll wait till next week before I tackle that oral history about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda
  • The only thing I can think of that is worth mentioning is that there is a possibility that Hurricane Ian will affect the Tampa Bay area by this time next week. Right now, Ian is a tropical storm in the Caribbean Sea, but the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows a track that has Ian coming toward this part of Florida by 8 AM Thursday. Ugh. I did not need this new development in my life
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I live in the “Cone of Uncertainty”! Image by the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

I need to go take a shower and change into clean street clothes, so I will go ahead and close this post here. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.  

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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.

4 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)

    1. I hope Ian avoids the Tampa Bay area altogether; we have already had brushes with tropical storms and hurricanes (and even one direct hit that thankfully did no damage) since I moved here in ’16, but I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.


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