Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 14, 2021, or: More Carefully Watched Packages – The Saga Continues….

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Greetings, Dear Reader. It’s midday here in New Hometown, Florida on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. It is a gray, hot early meteorological autumn day in the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 59% and the wind blowing at 7 MPH (11 KM/H) from the southeast, the heat index is 95˚F (35˚C). The forecast for the day calls for scattered showers throughout the afternoon. The high will be 90˚F (32˚C). Tonight, we can expect light rain. The low will be 75˚F (24˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 47 or Good.

Remember that eight-disc (four 4K UHD, four 1080p BDs) box set, Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection box set I was supposed to get a week ago from Amazon but didn’t? Well, I have a good news/bad news update about that.

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This morning I received an email from Amazon informing me that they have an estimated delivery date for my order. That’s the good news.

The bad news, sort of (if you want to interpret it as bad news), is that my shipment won’t be here till next week. The current ETA is between Tuesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 23. And that’s if the supply chain is not disrupted any more than it is by the weather or further issues with the logistics of getting any merchandise from Point A to Point B.

(C) 2021 Paramount Home Media Distribution

Whatever. I’ll take this as a positive development. At least we know that Amazon is getting some shipments in from the distribution center that handles the stuff for the major studios.

And while we’re on the topic of Amazon, I had to order a new keyboard for the computer I’m using now to write this post. It obviously still works, but a few weeks ago I carelessly placed a mostly-full can of Coke right next to it and…well, I knocked said can of Coke over and it spilled about half the contents on my desk and my keyboard. (What was I thinking? Clearly I wasn’t thinking all that well…)  I immediately dried and cleaned everything as best I could, but…ugh. The keys obviously don’t respond all that nimbly anymore, and sometimes typing feels sluggish.

It’s not too bad when I’m writing, but it’s annoying. It really gets bad when I try to game, though. I don’t spend too many hours playing games – certainly not as much as when I was younger, and definitely not as much as The Caregiver’s older son. But I do game, mainly because I no longer have much of a social life and no dating/sex life at all. And – according to stuff I read about aging and the mind, playing games that keep the mind busy help reduce the chances of getting Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases.

So after I read the email from Amazon about my Star Trek box set, I decided to order a keyboard for my desktop PC. They had lots of wireless keyboards, ranging from inexpensive ones that work with Windows-based computers to pricier ones by Lenovo (my PC’s maker).

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I opted for a Lenovo Essential Wired Keyboard and Mouse Combo – US English, even though I think I would rather use my new mouse with my new Lenovo IdeaPad laptop and keep the mouse I use with this PC. It’s from a third-party seller based in Canada, so it probably won’t be here until next week.

Oh, well. I’ve put up with this keyboard – which I admit is messed up because I wasn’t as careful as I should have been – for several months, so I can put up with it for a week or two, no?

I don’t have anything else to report today, Dear Reader, so I’ll close for now. Until next time, 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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