Mid-Year Day Update: Yep, the Forecast Was Right…Looks Like Those Boomers are Building Up!


Good afternoon, Dear Reader. It is now just past 2 PM Eastern in Lithia, Florida on a hot, humid summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 90°F (32°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 64% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 5 MPH (9 KM/H), the heat index isContinue reading “Mid-Year Day Update: Yep, the Forecast Was Right…Looks Like Those Boomers are Building Up!”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 9, 2022, or: Rainy Thursday, & How I Spent My ‘Hump Day’


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. It is a hot, humid, and sometime rainy day in the Tampa Bay area. Presently, the temperature is 80°F (27°C) under rainy conditions. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the west at 6 MPH (10 KM/H),Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 9, 2022, or: Rainy Thursday, & How I Spent My ‘Hump Day’”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘M1 Tank Platoon’ Campaign – Mission Accomplished


As you know, a few weeks ago I discovered that Atari – which owns many of the original MicroProse Software company’s intellectual properties – and Interplay Entertainment had released many of the games I owned in the 1980s and 1990s on Steam and GOG.com. They were, of course, tweaked so they would run on WindowsContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘M1 Tank Platoon’ Campaign – Mission Accomplished”

Old Gamers Never Die: or, Look What I Found on Steam Today…. ‘M1 Tank Platoon’!


One of my favorite computer games from the late 1980s to early 1990s was M1 Tank Platoon, a Cold War-turns-hot simulation of armored land combat in late 1980s West Germany. Developed and published in October of 1989 by MicroProse Software, M1 Tank Platoon placed the player in the role of – what else? – aContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: or, Look What I Found on Steam Today…. ‘M1 Tank Platoon’!”

Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Four of a Series)


Hello and welcome once again to another installment of Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe.’ “You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower If you’re new to A Certain PointContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Four of a Series)”

Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Three of a Series)


Pre-Mission Briefing In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. – General of the Army Dwight David Eisenhower Hello and welcome back to another installment of my continuing look at the classic 1985 game Crusade in Europe, which was re-released earlier this year by Atari. Designed byContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Player’s Guide to ‘Crusade in Europe’ (Part Three of a Series)”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, or: Ho Hum, Just Another $#*&&% Day in Paradise!


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. It is a warm day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77°F (25°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 85% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, or: Ho Hum, Just Another $#*&&% Day in Paradise!”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, May 2, 2022, or: Another Week is Underway in Tampa Bay…..


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, May 2, 2022. It is a warm spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77°F (25°C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 3 MPH (5 KM/H) and humidity at 94%, the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, May 2, 2022, or: Another Week is Underway in Tampa Bay…..”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, April 30, 2022, or: The Weekend is Here, and I Have No Plans!


Well, Dear Reader, it’s Saturday, April 30, 2022. Another weekend has begun, and another month ends. I don’t have much in the way of news here in lovely Lithia, Florida. I am still on my Crusade in Europe hiatus; I have been tempted to click on the game’s desktop shortcut icon and at least playContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, April 30, 2022, or: The Weekend is Here, and I Have No Plans!”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, April 28, 2022, or: Life Creeps in This Petty Pace….


Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, AndContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, April 28, 2022, or: Life Creeps in This Petty Pace….”