Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 17, 2021, or: Clouds, Packages, and Ennui

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Greetings, Dear Reader. It’s late morning on Thursday, June 17, 2021, and it is a warm and cloudy summer day here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 53% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 79˚F (26˚C). Although the forecast doesn’t call for rain during the daylight hours, skies will be mostly cloudy throughout the day. The high will be 89˚F (31˚C). Tonight, we can expect light rain, and the low will be 73˚F (23˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) today is 25 or Good.

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Today I woke up – involuntarily – at 5 AM. I had to go to answer the call of nature, and though it was a quick round trip to the bathroom and back, I couldn’t go back to sleep. I wanted to get at least another hour’s rest, but even though I curled back under the covers and closed my eyes, I could not shake off the state of wakefulness.

As a result, I have been awake for six hours, sustained only by the usual cup of café con leche that either the Caregiver or her boyfriend leave for me at my usual place on the kitchenette table. I wasn’t hungry, so as soon as I finished the café con leche, I made my way back to my room, closed my door, and wasted most of my morning on social media.

I did, of course, check on the progress of my package with the Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection 4K UHD Blu-ray set. Twice.

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The first time I checked the tracking information provided by UPS was around 6:00, just before I got up from behind my desk to have that cup of café con leche. At the time, the last checkpoint noted was that the UPS truck had left Ft. Worth, Texas at 11:14 PM Central (12:14 AM Eastern).

A few moments ago I checked the tracking data again, and I was relieved to see that the package was scanned in Jackson, Mississippi at 9:16 AM Central (10:16 AM Eastern), or a bit over an hour ago.

I am not sure how many stops the driver will make on the way from Mississippi to my corner of Florida. Assuming that there are not many stops in Alabama (the next state the route passes through) and that the driver takes a route that avoids some of the five road-construction zones on the I-10 E, my Indiana Jones set could be out for delivery as early as tomorrow. (This, of course, depends on many variables, which is why UPS and Amazon gave themselves such a wide window and a delivery estimate of Monday, June 21.)

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I don’t have much else to report today. I did, of course, receive my 4K UHD Blu-ray of Super 8 on time late yesterday afternoon. I could have – and in retrospect, should have – watched the movie, but I opted to watch some of the behind-the-scenes featurettes instead. I also watched a few minutes of the 2011 movie to see how it looks on 4K UHD. I can’t get over how vivid and tactile everything looks in the ultra-high definition format.

Still, I guess I wasn’t in the mood to sit through all of Super 8, so after I ate a McChicken sandwich for dinner, I watched a few documentaries on Amazon Prime Video until I got sleepy and went to bed.

That’s all the news I have to share with you, Dear Reader, so I’ll close for now. As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

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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