Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The current temperature Is 81˚F (26˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 86˚F (30˚C). Today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms to pass through our area, and the high will be 88˚F (31˚C). Tonight, we can expect scattered rain showers and a low of 74˚F (23˚C). Today’s Air Quality Index (AQI) is 55 or Moderate.
Well, late yesterday evening Amazon emailed me to let me know that the package with the Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection box set is finally on its way to the Sunshine State. It is coming via UPS Ground all the way from Tucson, Arizona and has a delivery window of Monday, June 21. Per the tracking information provided by UPS, it left Tucson at 3:07 PM local time (6:07 PM Eastern).
I don’t know much about UPS Ground’s operating procedures or how many stops the driver makes between Arizona and Florida. I do know that the distance between Tucson and New Hometown is 2,059 miles if you take I-10 E on a direct route. I am sure that the driver had to take at least one rest stop before reaching Houston, TX, which is roughly the midway point between here and there.
Under ideal conditions, the drive time from Arizona to this part of Florida is 30 hours. However, per Google Maps, I-10 E has five stretches where road work is underway. There are also three spots, two in Texas and one in Louisiana, where I-10 E is closed. So that particular truck is going to have to take at least one major detour to avoid the “road closed” areas. No wonder the delivery “window” is for Monday the 21st.
Oh, well. At least the darned thing is on its way, right?
Amazon also sent me an email letting me know that even though the price of the 4K UHD Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection set was $90.00 (plus applicable sales taxes) as of yesterday, my credit card will only be billed $11 less because of the online giant’s Pre-Order Price Guarantee. (With Florida’s sales tax added in, I’ll pay $85.99 for this.)
I still had close to $35 worth of points in my Amazon Visa Rewards Shop with Points account, so I used $20.99 worth to pay for my 48th 4K Blu-ray and 401st overall Blu-ray.
In an effort to keep my pledge to get titles I don’t already have in my collection, I purchased J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, which was In theaters back in 2011 but I missed because (a) the neighbors who often took me to the movies bought a house in southern Miami-Dade County and moved out of the complex and (b) I was busy taking care of my mom after her health took a serious downturn. I vaguely remember wanting to see Super 8 because I had enjoyed his 2009 Star Trek reboot film and knew that Steven Spielberg, my favorite currently active director, was the executive producer.
Considering the tumultuous changes in my life between 2011 and now, I didn’t see Super 8 – a film about 1970s-era kids, home-made films, and a Spielbergian plot about human-alien interaction in Midwest America – until I caught it on Amazon Prime Video last fall before it was rotated out of the “free to watch” roster on that streaming service.
I don’t remember much of the movie because I watched it late at night and after I consumed a Seagram’s Escape, but the cast of young actors – including Ellie Fanning, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso, Zach Mills, and Riley Griffiths – impressed me with their talent, and I like the veterans in the cast, especially Kyle Chandler, Dan Castellaneta, and Ron Eldard. Plus, I’m a sucker for stories with strong influences by Spielberg’s films from the 1970s and early ‘80s. So I used close to 2100 rewards points to get Super 8.
That order will get here way before the Indy box set. It shipped from a warehouse not that far away shortly after midnight, and as I write this my copy of Super 8 is at a carrier facility 13 miles away via Amazon Prime delivery van. Per the order status page on my Amazon account, it’s due here by 10 P.M. Usually, though, vans go out on their routes shortly before noon, so realistically my package will be here between 2 and 6 PM, depending on the weather and traffic.
Well, I don’t have a hell of a lot to report besides that, so I’ll close for now. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.