Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, November 3, 2021, or: Midweek Updates

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-afternoon here in Fish Hawk, Florida on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. It’s a warm fall day here. The current temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the northeast at 8 MPH (13 KM/H) and humidity at 41%, the heat index is 82˚F (28˚C). Today we can expect sunny skies and a high of 83˚F (29˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy and the low will be 64˚F (18˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 38 or Good.

Remember what I said yesterday about my preorder of the Paramount Presents: Ragtime Blu-ray?That it had been caught up in the logistics logjam caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and that Amazon expected it to be delivered two weeks later than the scheduled release date of November 16, 2021?

Well, belay that. Strike that from the record, if you please.

Not long after I posted Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, November 2, 2021, or: Just Another Run-of-the-Mill Day in Florida yesterday afternoon, I heard the distinctive chime of incoming email on my AOL account.

And as is my habit, I checked my inbox and saw that I had received a new email from Amazon regarding the order with the Ragtime Blu-ray. Maybe, I mused hopefully, this will say that the shipment will be sent sooner rather than later. It has, of course, happened before, so why not this time?

I read the email. Sure as rain, Amazon was letting me know that their original estimate of a November 30 delivery was being updated. Delivery Estimate Update
Hello, We have received new release date information related to the order. The item listed below will actually ship sooner than we originally expected based on the new release date.
(C) 2021, 1981 Paramount Home Media Distribution

New estimated delivery date:
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

 Of course, Amazon bases its delivery date estimates on information from the distribution folks at Paramount, which in turn base their estimates on what the people at various points in the pipeline – be it the disc replication plants, the shipping/trucking companies, and the distribution centers in the U.S. tell Paramount. So, I am cautiously optimistic that the November 16 delivery date isn’t just an aspirational “thing” but a reality.

In other news…

I almost had one of those incredibly long – and exhausting – mornings again when I woke up to use the bathroom at 3:50 AM. Not only did I “have to go,” but the lamp and the TV in the common room were on even though everyone was asleep. I hate wasting electricity like that, so I turned off the TV and the lamp after I did my business in the loo. Naturally, I checked the time on the kitchen clock – the aforementioned 3:50 AM – and decided to go back to sleep.

This was easier said than done, but I eventually managed to doze off until 8:15 AM. I’m not quite sure how much sleep I ended up getting; it took me a long time to fall asleep even though – thankfully – it was still dark, and I resisted the urge to get up and turn on my computer. I doubt that I slept for four hours straight, as I distinctly remember my internal debates re getting up and turning on the PC or staying put on the futon in hopes of copping a few Z’s.

(C) 2017 Sony Pictures. Home Entertainment

I tried to watch Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula last night, I said tried because I watched about 30 to 40 minutes of the feature film on 4K UHD, then decided to watch the behind-the-scenes stuff on the 2K Blu-ray instead. I started the movie sometime after dinner – don’t ask me at what time, though – and even though I liked what I saw on 4K UHD, I had a feeling that I would fall asleep well before its two hours and seven minutes’ running time ended. I watched two of the “making of” featurettes but fell asleep watching a third. I woke up to the sound of the disc’s “main menu” music loop and turned off the player and TV with a flick of the remote and went back to sleep.

I might try watching Dracula again – either on 2K or 4K – later, hopefully at a time when I’m less susceptible to drowsiness. (Although, since I’m tired all the time now, finding out exactly when that “magic hour” will be is as tricky as trying to get a camel through the eye of a needle.)

Well, that’s all the news that I have to share, 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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