Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Killing Time (or Trying to, Anyway) on a Hot Florida Afternoon

Hi, Dear Reader! It’s early afternoon on another scorching late summer day in the Tampa Bay area (there really aren’t any non-scorching days in my home state of Florida in August unless it’s unusually rainy or a tropical storm/hurricane passes through during the daytime hours and the cloud cover hides the sun for long hoursContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 13, 2022, or: Killing Time (or Trying to, Anyway) on a Hot Florida Afternoon”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: Amazon Comes Through; My Copy of ‘Maid in Sweden’ is Here

It’s early evening here, and although it seemed as though the last of the Dog Days of Summer 2022 would be a literal wash-out, the thunderstorms that were predicted for the afternoon never came close to Fish Hawk Ranch, the sprawling planned community in the Tampa Bay area that I have called home since earlyContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: Amazon Comes Through; My Copy of ‘Maid in Sweden’ is Here”

Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Acting Lessons’ Visual Novel Review – The Choices You Make Can Take You to Many (Hot) Places

Acting Lessons (2018) Designed by: Dr. PinkCake Published/Released by: Dr. PinkCake ( via Patreon, Steam, GOG.com) Genre: Visual Novel, Erotic, Adults Only On December 10, 2018, an indie video game developer who goes by the name “Dr. PinkCake” released Acting Lessons, an adults-only visual novel about a 30-something man who, during personal turmoil, saves theContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: ‘Acting Lessons’ Visual Novel Review – The Choices You Make Can Take You to Many (Hot) Places”

Late July Diversions: An Update on My TBR and TBW Lists for the Summer of ’22

Well, with the end of July only a few days off, it’s time for an update on my To Be Watched (TBW) and To Be Read (TBR) lists for the seventh month of 2022. As you know, July is not my favorite month of the year. My mother died on July 19, 2015, after herContinue reading “Late July Diversions: An Update on My TBR and TBW Lists for the Summer of ’22”

How I Coped with Mid-July’s Sad ‘Anniversary Week’

 Well, it’s Monday, July 25, 2022, the start of another work week and, of course, the last week of the seventh month of the year. As you know, July has not been my favorite month for the last seven years; my mom, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, died on July 19, 2015, and although in some ways myContinue reading “How I Coped with Mid-July’s Sad ‘Anniversary Week’”

And Now, Something TOTALLY Different: A Quick First Impressions Look at ‘Being a DIK’

Back in the 1990s, when I subscribed to Playboy magazine, I read a short article about an adults-only computer game titled Virtual Valerie. Virtual Valerie was created by a guy named Mike Saenz and released in April of 1990 by a software developer called Reactor, Inc. It was described as a dating sim, and becauseContinue reading “And Now, Something TOTALLY Different: A Quick First Impressions Look at ‘Being a DIK’”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 20, 2022, or: Grief, Death, and Sexy Video Games

Well, I managed to get through the seventh anniversary of my mother’s death without falling into a deep funk. I am not sure how, but I did. I won’t pretend that I am “over” the loss of my mom – and by extension, my old life in Miami – or that the pain of thatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 20, 2022, or: Grief, Death, and Sexy Video Games”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 3, 2022, or: What I Did on My Not-So-Exciting, Not-So-Stormy Saturday

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, July 3, 2022. It is a hot, sticky, summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 89°F (32°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidity at 66%, the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 3, 2022, or: What I Did on My Not-So-Exciting, Not-So-Stormy Saturday”

Tempus Fugit, or: Thoughts About the Passage of Time on Midyear Day 2022

Hi, there. As I begin this, my 920th post on WordPress, it is midmorning in Lithia, Florida, on July 2, 2022. It is a warm summer day in the Tampa Bay area. At 7:10 AM Eastern, the temperature is 75°F (24°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 94% and a becalmed wind, the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Tempus Fugit, or: Thoughts About the Passage of Time on Midyear Day 2022”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 27, 2022, or: Of Summer Weather, Broken Mugs, and the Need for Human Connections

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, June 27, 2022. It is a typically steamy summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 87°F (30°C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 69% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H),Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, June 27, 2022, or: Of Summer Weather, Broken Mugs, and the Need for Human Connections”