Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 8, 2022, or: A Mixed Bag of Good News and Bad News


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, July 8, 2022. It is a sultry subtropical summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 81°F (27°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 88% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the heatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, July 8, 2022, or: A Mixed Bag of Good News and Bad News”

Life in the Time of COVID-19, or: I Got My Second Spikevax Shot, and I Have the Sore Arm to Prove It….


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning on Thursday, December 23, 2021. It is a cold early winter day in Lithia, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 58˚F (15˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 67% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 57˚F (14˚C). Today’s forecastContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19, or: I Got My Second Spikevax Shot, and I Have the Sore Arm to Prove It….”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 18, 2021, or: News from My Corner of Florida (Thursday Potpourri)


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Thursday, November 18, 2021. It’s a cool – but not chilly –  late fall day. The current temperature is 71˚F (22˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 90% and the wind blowing from the west at 1 MPH (2Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 18, 2021, or: News from My Corner of Florida (Thursday Potpourri)”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Of Fauci Ouchies, Side Effects, Facebook Blocks, and Political Issues


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in west-central Florida on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. It is a cool late fall day – by Florida standards, at least – and we are in a bit of a warming trend. Currently, the temperature is 63˚F (18˚C), but with humidity at 95% and the wind blowing fromContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Of Fauci Ouchies, Side Effects, Facebook Blocks, and Political Issues”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, November 16, 2021, or: A Hectic Day for Fauci Ouchies and Missing Glasses


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here – almost noon, in fact –  in my corner of west-central Florida on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. The current temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the northeast at 8 MPH (13 KM/H)  and humidity at 56%, the feels-like temperature is 73˚FContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, November 16, 2021, or: A Hectic Day for Fauci Ouchies and Missing Glasses”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 14, 2021, or: Why I Foresee a Chaotic Christmas Gift-Giving Season Here in 2021


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Sunday, November 14, 2021. It’s a cool late fall day, at least by the standards of the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 68˚F (20˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the northwest at 7Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 14, 2021, or: Why I Foresee a Chaotic Christmas Gift-Giving Season Here in 2021”

On Blu-ray Collecting: A Glimmer of Hope in the Continuing Saga of Late Pre-Orders


For those of you who are following the continuing saga of Perpetually Delayed Pre-Ordered Blu-rays, I have an optimistic update regarding the ship-out date of The Stand (2020). If you recall, July was a busy month for pre-orders on Amazon, at least for me. Some were of books that will be published between early OctoberContinue reading “On Blu-ray Collecting: A Glimmer of Hope in the Continuing Saga of Late Pre-Orders”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, October 8, 2021, or: When Preordering New Blu-ray Releases Becomes a Game of ‘Hurry Up & Wait’


Hi, there. Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, October 8, 2021. It’s a hot, muggy “autumn” day in west-central Florida. The current temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 72% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, October 8, 2021, or: When Preordering New Blu-ray Releases Becomes a Game of ‘Hurry Up & Wait’”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Why the Erika Casher Episode Matters


“You are not a better or wiser person simply because you’ve ceased to care.”― Clifford Cohen There are many bad aspects about life in the time of the global COVID-19 pandemic, too many for one accounting on a single blog post. Obviously, the worst aspect is that COVID-19 kills people. Perhaps not as gruesomely as EbolaContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Why the Erika Casher Episode Matters”

9/11 + 20


Part One: The Weight of Memory Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana The sky above the New York City skyline was clear and gloriously blue on that Tuesday morning in September in the Land of Ago, now 20 years in the rearview mirror of our lives.Continue reading “9/11 + 20”