Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, May 23, 2021, or: More Carefully Watched Packages – the Saga Continues

(C) 2008 Warner Home Video and Lucasfilm Ltd.

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon on Sunday, May 23, 2021 here in New Hometown, Florida. It is a sultry late spring day; the current temperature is 84˚F under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 31% and the wind blowing from the east at 7 MPH, the feels-like temperature is 84˚F. Today’s forecast: we can expect partly sunny conditions and a high of 90˚F. Tonight, skies will be clear and the low will be 61˚F. Presently, the Air Quality Index for our area is 36 or Good.

A view of my current neighborhood; I took this picture a few months ago. (Photo by the author)

Today being Sunday, I don’t have much in my agenda besides taking a shower, changing into fresh clothes, and figuring out how to spend my “down time.” I have a large number of books that I have access to (and many more that I don’t have any idea where the Caregiver has them), and (per my Collection page) nearly 400 Blu-ray titles (392 on hand, with Star Trek: Lower Decks on its way here as I write this), so I have plenty of things to read or watch.

On top of that, I have Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video subscriptions, so I can also stream lots of content that I don’t necessarily need or want to get on disc (although I would, in a heartbeat, get Star Wars: The Mandalorian on Blu-ray if and when Disney-owned Lucasfilm ever releases a home media version). I also could play one of my computer games….

So, options I have, obviously. I’m just not sure which ones are most appealing. Right now, as it stands, none of them are piquing my interest.

But, hey. At least I know that one of my Amazon orders – I have three that are en route to me – will get here today: the aforementioned Star Trek: Lower Decks is marked as Out for Delivery and has a delivery window of between 3:30 and 6:30 PM Eastern.

Tomorrow I’ll receive Star Trek: Short Treks, a compilation of mini-episodes that “streamed” on CBS All-Access (now called Paramount+) between 2018 and 2019. I hesitated about buying it when it first came out in 2020, but its price went down from $29.99 to $19.99,  and since I remember what happened when Star Wars: The Clone Wars was released late in 2008 (it was the first Star Wars Blu-ray, and I rejected buying it out of hand when it was widely available for its MSRP of $19.98, only to regret it a few years later and not finding affordable copies on Amazon until recently).

Oh, and regarding that Star Wars: The Clone Wars Blu-ray, I finally saw tracking data that confirms the seller – a third-party “store” based in Nashville, Tennessee – handed the package with my copy to the U.S. Postal Service. According to Amazon and USPS, my order shipped last night;  it was last scanned at 5:53 this morning at the Nashville (TN) Distribution Center Annex and marked as Package has left the carrier facility.

If USPS sends it by air, I’ll have the long-awaited Star Wars: The Clone Wars Blu-ray in my collection between tomorrow and Friday – the seller created a large delivery window of May 24-May 28, knowing full well that Louis DeJoy’s Postal Service is somewhat slower than it was before the Trump Administration declared total war against voting by mail. I have no clue if the package was sent via air or ground, though, so I’m not going to pin my hopes on a Monday arrival.

Other than that, I don’t have much to tell. Life creeps from day to day at a glacial pace, and I keep to myself to avoid creating unnecessary drama with the Caregiver and her boyfriend. In all fairness, the two aren’t necessarily bad persons; I just don’t have the same interests that they do. Drinking to excess is not my cup of tea; I’m not a teetotaler by any stretch of the imagination, but I don’t enjoy getting intoxicated on a regular basis. And because the Caregiver has known the new boyfriend since middle school, they have way more in common than she and I did when we were a “couple.” I am civil to both of them – I can’t afford to alienate them, right? – and I do acknowledge that they try to be considerate with me. But I don’t enjoy their company much, and I don’t think I ever will. So I stay in my lane, as it were, and try not to rock the boat. (Hey, look! Two metaphors for the price of one!)

And on this rather ambiguous note, Dear Reader, I will say Sayonara. I need to go take that shower and change into fresh clothes, and then choose what leisure activity I’ll pursue. Right now I’m leaning toward reading a book, though I could change my mind and pick something else.

So, my friend, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Image Credits for the “gallery” collage:

  1. (C) 2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  2. (C) 2012 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  3. (C) 1998 Warner Books
  4. (C) 2017 Killerfish Games
  5. (C) 1994 Random House
  6. (C) 2020 Taschen Books and Lucasfilm Ltd.
  7. (C) 2017, 1971 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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