Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 29, 2022, or: The Day After Ian….


The latest screengrab from my computer’s Microsoft Weather app. Tropical Storm Ian is out on the Atlantic side of the Florida peninsula, looking far less organized than it did as a hurricane yesterday.

Goodbye, Ian: Thoughts on the “Day After”

Hi there, Dear Reader. As I begin this post, it’s just past 11 AM here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. It’s a cool – 68°F/20°C – fall day; it is cloudy, a bit blustery, and the high today is expected to reach 77°F/25°C, and even though Hillsborough County is still under a flooding advisory due to the presence of Tropical Storm Ian’s outer bands overhead, it seems that we here in Lithia came through the storm’s passage relatively unscathed.

Since I am posting this on the “day after” Ian’s trek across the state of Florida, you can see that my housemates – I live with one of my high school classmates and her young adult kids, plus a miniature schnauzer named Sandy – and I are okay and that:

Ian as a Category Four hurricane on September 28, 2022. Image taken from my PC’s Microsoft Weather app.
  • Except for a few plants by the side of the house which were uprooted by Ian’s winds, the house itself was undamaged. None of the cars suffered as much as a broken window
  • We had electricity throughout the entire “Ian experience,” although for a while it looked like Fish Hawk Ranch would lose power. We had three short “flickers” where the power went out briefly, but came back, the longest one lasted around one minute or two, but it felt like an eternity
  • Even though some houses in our section of Fish Hawk Ranch (Osprey) fared worse – fallen trees, knocked-down fences, etc. – we were lucky because Ian made landfall earlier and further to the south than forecasters predicted. Had Ian stayed over the Gulf a bit longer, it would have arrived late last night or early this morning, and closer to us, to boot
Another view of Ian on September 28, 2022, based on radar observations in the state of Florida. Image taken from my PC’s Microsoft Weather app.

Although it rained throughout the night and the Weather app on both my desktop and laptop computers reported winds of over 30 MPH here, we did not experience any thunderstorms or hear the “freight train-mixed-with-banshees” sound of a hurricane in full fury. I’m sure that folks in the harder-hit areas where Hurricane Ian came ashore as a Category Four storm heard that sound, and I know that Ft. Myers and other communities suffered major damage; one headline I saw in my email queue informed me that the causeway that links Sanibel Island with the mainland collapsed, and on the TV news last night I saw a report that a shark was spotted in a flooded Ft. Myers street due to the strong storm surge caused by Hurricane Ian’s passage from sea to shore.

About Last Night

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If it had not been for the fact that there was a hurricane outside for a while and that there’s patio furniture inside the house, last night was a typical night for me, with only the storm-related stress to make things a bit different. Since the power did not go out, I spent Wednesday night pretty much the same way I spend most of my nights – playing computer games, watching movies or documentaries on my TV in my room, or thinking about sex – either great sex that I’ve had in the past or sex that I would love to have with women at some point in the future.

My best score ever on a Regiments Skirmish. Lowest casualty count for the Blue (U.S.) Force since I started playing the game in mid-August. (Game design elements (C) 2022 Bird’s Eye Games & MicroProse)

I played – of course – Regiments again last night, but this time around I played it on my laptop rather than on my desktop. I figured that even though the former is smaller and a bit harder to play games on due to its smaller screen and tinier keyboard, it works on battery power, so if the power had gone out for a while, I still might have been able to finish the Skirmish using the stored charge in the laptop’s battery.

(C) 2014 Entertainment One, Hamilton Film Partnership, Wark Clements & Channel 4 (UK)

After that, I watched – or tried to watch, anyway – an episode from the 2003 documentary series The First World War. I managed to get past the halfway point of the episode before I started falling asleep and had enough presence of mind to turn off the TV and Blu-ray player before I went under completely.

I slept relatively well, although I did wake up at 5:12 AM Eastern to – you guessed it – go to the bathroom, which is across the hall from my bedroom/study. I tried to go back to sleep after I did my business, but, alas, I still had “hurricane anxiety” and therefore was restless and, unfortunately, wide awake.

“Thursday…I Could Never Get the Hang of Thursdays….”

An older photo of our backyard….the sky looks like this today, though. (Photo by the author)

I’m tired. I have a headache. I don’t feel like doing much of anything once I publish this on WordPress.

See, this is why I hate it when I wake up early – even if it’s for the good reason of not wanting to pee in my pajamas and on my bedsheets – and then can’t even sleep for one or two additional hours. I know I did not go to bed exceptionally late – the last time I checked the time it was around 10:30 PM, and I was already well into my episode of The First World War, so I estimate that I was asleep by 11:15 or so. I slept soundly until my full bladder gave me that unwelcome wake-up call at 5:12 AM.

Now I feel as if I had not slept a wink – even though I know I did.

Ugh. Stress at my age…it’s not as easy to deal with as it used to be.

Or…I could look at some of my Star Wars collectibles and remember how much fun I had when I started collecting their smaller precursors from Kenner in the late 1970s.

I don’t know how I will spend the rest of this grey-tinged, unexpectedly cool, but otherwise peaceful post-hurricane day. I should finish watching that episode of The First World War, or at the very least eject the DVD from my Blu-ray player and put it back in its case.

Or maybe I should keep reading The Only Plane in the Sky, even though I might not be in the mood to read about the 9/11 attacks today.

I’m not in the mood to do anything today. As I said a few paragraphs ago, I’m tired, my head hurts, and I don’t even want to change out of my pajamas and into street clothes. Lethargic would be a good adjective to pin on me, cos “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” I am not.

So, on this note, I will close this out; I’ve been writing for two hours now, and I feel drained. Until next time, Dear Reader, 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.

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