Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 14, 2022, or: Closely Watched Packages…and Other Monday Thoughts

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This morning I woke up twice. The first time was at shortly before 4:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time, and as is becoming routine, it was to “answer the call of nature.” When my bladder started calling for attention, I half-opened my eyes, saw that it was still dark, and blearily padded over to the bathroom. As I did, I could hear, from behind the closed bedroom door, the muffled sounds of the Caregiver’s 25-year-old oldest son as he played Fortnite or some other shooter video game. I long ago accepted the fact that this young man has zero interest in helping his mother with anything, be it economically by getting a job and contributing to the household, or being a productive member of society, so I just thought, Gamer Boy is at it again, and focused on the business of going to the bathroom without waking up fully.

Once that bit of business was done, I (still blearily, mind you) walked to the kitchen to check the clock on the microwave oven. 4:45 AM, the digital display pronounced. “Huh,” I muttered, and walked back to my room, closed and locked the door, and laid back down on my futon hoping to fall asleep again. It took a while, but blessedly, I managed to relax enough to sleep undisturbed until 9:19 AM.

Of course, since the Caregiver is a woman of habit and could not foresee that I would not be up and about at 7:15 AM – which is my usual habit – when I walked (still bleary-eyed but more alert) to the kitchenette I saw that she had set my customary café con leche at my place on the round table where I usually eat my meals. And, of course, it was cold by the time I got up. Sort of like a Cuban-style frappucino. I drank it quickly – taking it to the over-the-range microwave oven to heat it would have been a major hassle, and the Caregiver was busy working in her home office, so I could not ask her to heat it for me.

I thought that today I would write about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and why it’s stupid for Western “experts” to take their talking points from the Kremlin, e.g. that Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine as a response to NATO’s eastward expansion and that this war could have been avoided if the West had not admitted former Warsaw Pact nations and former Soviet “republics” into the Alliance. I had a good article to use as a source for citations, plus my own fact-based observations about Russian foreign policy in the 20th and 21st Centuries. (When I was studying journalism, I thought it was a good idea to take courses in Russian history and international relations, so I have some academic background to draw from.)

Alas, I think I’ll have to delve into this topic at another time. I would like to give you a definite date – as in “I’ll write about that tomorrow.”- but I have no idea what tomorrow will bring – besides, of course, my Target order of the Art Edition of the West Side Story (2021) movie’s 4K UHD/2K HD Blu-ray/Digital Copy set – so I’ll just say, “stay tuned.”

Apropos of my Target order, today I received a ‘heads up” email from UPS, the delivery service that is handling this, and my Steelbook variant of the same movie from Best Buy.

Here’s what UPS had to say:

Your package is arriving tomorrow.
Get notifications for UPS packages coming to you.  
Scheduled Delivery
Tuesday 03/15/2022
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

I checked my account – for some reason the UPS website was slow and cranky this morning – to see where my package was. Sure enough, as of 7:30 AM yesterday, the Art Edition of West Side Story was in Orlando, which on a good day (light traffic, good weather conditions, etc.) is a 90-minute drive from Lithia (or to Lithia, depending on which way you want to look at it).

Not to be outdone, Best Buy also sent me an email this morning informing me that my package with the Steelbook variant was prepped for shipment at Dublin, Georgia at 11:15 PM last night and that it is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow by, once again, UPS.

(C) 2021, 2022 20th Century Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment

That leaves the slipcover-and-black plastic case Ultimate Collector’s Edition from Amazon, which also has the 4K/2K Blu-rays and an insert with a digital copy code. Because the world’s biggest e-retailer is still at odds with The Walt Disney Company – 20th Century Studios’ corporate parent – over Amazon’s pricing policies, I was not able to pre-order the Ultimate Collector’s Edition until February 26 (10 days after I made the Target and Best Buy orders). Consequently, Amazon could not give me a delivery estimate until late last week.

As of right now, Amazon still has my order in the Not Yet Shipped page and is giving me a delivery estimate of Thursday, March 17.

This is an improvement over the previous delivery estimate of April 10 (!).

Oh, well. It doesn’t matter. I can watch West Side Story on Disney+, and my orders from Target and Best Buy are on the way. So I’m no longer worried about this Amazon order.

I don’t have much else to say, and I am running on that one cup of cold café con leche, so I will sign off here. Until next time, Dear Reader, 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.

4 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 14, 2022, or: Closely Watched Packages…and Other Monday Thoughts

    1. Thankfully, I was able to fall asleep again. Waking up to use the loo is never pleasant, true, but it’s not so bad if you can get back to sleep afterward. The killer. in my view, is when you go to the bathroom in the wee hours of the morning, do your business, and then can’t fall asleep again.

      Re your blog: I’m glad I was able to help. I sometimes wish I had memorized every step of setting up a WordPress blog; the passage of time (nearly two years have passed since I started “A Certain Point of View, Too”) has erased a few details, so I apologize if any of my replies to your questions were vague or rushed.

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  1. I’ve had similar experiences with Amazon, but they always seem to come through on the customer’s behalf somehow.

    When it comes to something like not receiving your limited edition video, they don’t have much choice but to offer a refund. Even though I understand that is very frustrating because someone probably did abscond with it. I’m sure you understand, and a refund is better than getting totally screwed.

    Because of your knowledge, I’d like to hear more from you on Russia in one of your forthcoming posts.

    Have a great day, Alex.


    1. Amazon has an advantage that Best Buy and Target do not: its own delivery system. Sure, sometimes Amazon will send things through the Postal Service, but 8 out of 10 times it will use its Amazon Prime delivery vans. Mistakes, when they happen, are rare. Delays are somewhat more common than misdelivered packages, but I can deal with explainable delays.

      I do hate, though, when it’s an issue of thefts. It has already happened to me with Best Buy and a laptop PC. At least in that instance, I was sent a replacement. Here, I must settle for a refund. Better than having to pay for something I did not receive. Still…..

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