Hi again, Dear Reader. It’s midday on Saturday, October 1, 2022, and here in Lithia, Florida it is a mildly warm autumn day (78°F/26°C). It’s a lovely sunny day outside; it’s hard to believe that on Thursday night a hurricane passed through this region of my home state, destroyed lots of property, left thousands without electricity, and killed at least 27 people before heading out to the Atlantic and hitting the Carolinas. And yet, it did.
As I have stated in previous posts about Hurricane Ian, we here in the Tampa Bay area were lucky. Yes, some areas of Hillsborough County lost electricity, and even in my neighborhood, some trees and wooden fences were blown down during the storm’s passage from Ft. Myers and Sanibel Island to our southwest and out onto the Atlantic. A few plants by the side of the house were uprooted and the power “flickered” on and off a few times during the night, but other than that, the only negative impact was stress.
About Last Night….
As for me, I’m off to a late start – yet again – with my blogging activities thanks to another near-miss with insomnia. I went to sleep sometime before 4 AM and woke up around 7:45 AM, and I didn’t finish eating breakfast until 11:30 AM, so I’m tired, cranky, and wanting to “sloth,” which isn’t exactly conducive to a writer’s productivity.
Technically, I already did my day’s blogging, at least on WordPress. At 3:43 AM Eastern, I published my previous post, Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Better at Playing the ‘Attack’ Skirmish Mission in Regiments.
I started writing that post – uncharacteristically for me – on WordPress itself rather than on Word (which is my preferred MO when it comes to writing) sometime after midnight, not too long after I’d finished playing a session of Regiments. And even though it is a concise post compared to most of the ones I compose on Word, it took me longer to write because:
- I usually do not write anything beyond brief social media posts on Facebook or Twitter late at night
- I was tired
- I had to look up quotes by Gen. George Patton and add screen grabs from Regiments
- I had to find a good GIF of Patton to add as an illustration
Also, I tend to edit stuff even as I am composing a draft of anything; add that bit of technical idiosyncrasy to my deliberate style of typing, and voila! Even a short blog post takes me a while to write.
So, even though I did not plan on staying up until almost 4 AM today…I did.
As usual, I don’t have any plans – exciting or otherwise – today. I have no one here to make any plans with, for one thing, And, as you can well imagine, I am too tired to do much today, even if I did have a Significant Other or even a group of friends to make plans with.
So, yep. Today will be yet another dull, “lazy” Saturday in which I’ll have to muster enough willpower to take a shower, get into clothes that are not sleepwear, and maybe even step outside our front door. I am, after all, free to come and go if I wish; the reason that I don’t is that, unlike East Wind Lake Village, every place that I’d venture to, whether it’s a mall, a movie theater, or even a fast-food restaurant, is way beyond my walking range.
(Please, don’t suggest that I use Uber or Lyft. I am already financially stressed since I must pay rent, as well as my own bills for Disney+, Amazon Music, and other personal expenses, such as meals I order from either Outback Steakhouse or Pizza Hut. I don’t want to pay some stranger – who might or may not be trustworthy – to take me to the nearest theater to see a movie.)
I will, of course, take that shower I mentioned earlier, even though I am “not feeling it.” It’s part of my routine, after all, and it will make me feel better, at least in the short term.
Beyond that, assuming I’m a bit more energetic, I might go out into the family room and read for a while, or I’ll watch one of the over 400 films that I own on either 2K high-def Blu-ray or 4K ultra-high-def Blu-ray discs. I’ve already listened to some music out there, but I always feel like I’m annoying the other folks I live with my musical choices, which include classical music and film scores, so I only listened to two-thirds of Across the Stars: The Deluxe Edition before sheepishly turning off the Amazon Music app that I linked to the family room TV via Roku and skedaddled back into my room.
But before I can do any of those things, I should go take that shower…..