Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 2, 2021, or: Meet the New Year…Same as the Old Year

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Saturday, January 2, 2021, and it is early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Right now, the temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 66% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 8 MPH (13 KM/H), the heat index is 83˚F (28˚C). Today’s forecast callsContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 2, 2021, or: Meet the New Year…Same as the Old Year”

Old Gamers Never Die: Ivan’s Got That Sinkin’ Feeling in ‘Cold Waters’

The time: 1100 Lima, 30 December, 1984 The place: Eastern Atlantic Ocean, near the Bay of Biscay The situation: In an alternate version of 1984, rising tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union have rapidly escalated over a series of incidents, including the shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 near the SovietContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Ivan’s Got That Sinkin’ Feeling in ‘Cold Waters’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 13, 2020, or: How I Spent My Weekend (Without Going Off the Deep End)

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Currently, the temperature is 78˚F (26˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 65% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 78˚F (26˚C). The day has been mostly cloudy,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 13, 2020, or: How I Spent My Weekend (Without Going Off the Deep End)”

Old Gamers Never Die, or: Running Silent, Running Deep with ‘Cold Waters’ (Again!)

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s mid-afternoon here on Friday, December 11, 2020. In New Hometown, Florida, the temperature is 72˚F (22˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H) and humidity at 52%, the feels-like temperature is 72˚F (22˚C). Today the high temperature will be 72˚F (22˚C) and theContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die, or: Running Silent, Running Deep with ‘Cold Waters’ (Again!)”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, December 2, 2020, or: The Reluctant Christmas Shopper & The Big December Furniture Switcheroo

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Wednesday, December 2, 2020, and it’s mid-afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 60˚F (15˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 40% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 8 MPH (13 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 60˚F (15˚C). The forecast for the rest ofContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, December 2, 2020, or: The Reluctant Christmas Shopper & The Big December Furniture Switcheroo”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, November 14, 2020, or: The Misadventures of a Sleep-Deprived Floridian

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid- to late afternoon here (almost 4 PM Eastern) as I write this in my claustrophobic corner of Florida. Presently, the temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the east at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 88˚FContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, November 14, 2020, or: The Misadventures of a Sleep-Deprived Floridian”

Odds & Ends: or, Even More Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 5, 2020

Things I DIDN’T Do Today It’s now mid-afternoon here in what I call New Hometown in Florida, and it’s a hot and rainy Monday. Presently, the temperature outside is 88˚F under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 66% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 6 MPH (with maximum gusts of 10 MPH), theContinue reading “Odds & Ends: or, Even More Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 5, 2020”

Old Gamers Never Die: Surviving the Battle of the Svalbard Islands in ‘Cold Waters’

Old Gamers Never Die: The Battle of the Svalbard Islands, 5 March 1984 Today I woke up on the Florida room couch at 3:37 AM after falling asleep watching A Nation of Drunkards, the third part of Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. I briefly considered going to bed, but instead IContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Surviving the Battle of the Svalbard Islands in ‘Cold Waters’”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 4, 2020

Well, Dear Reader, it’s Friday, September 4, 2020 – the first weekend of the ninth month of perhaps one of the worst years I’ve ever lived through, on par with 2015. It’s also the start of the Labor Day weekend, which is not exactly one of my favorite holidays, but whatever. Right now, it’s stillContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 4, 2020”

Old Gamers Never Die: An Unexpected Victory in ‘Cold Waters’

Well, I finally beat one of Cold Waters’ tougher battles, an almost-straight-out-of-a-Tom Clancy-novel engagement titled Beating the Odds, which pits a Sturgeon-class nuclear-powered fast attack boat against a Soviet surface action group supported by Soviet Naval Aviation patrol planes and – sometimes – submarines. In the month-and-a-half that I’ve been playing what Killerfish Games callsContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: An Unexpected Victory in ‘Cold Waters’”