Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 10, 2022, or: Late Night Movies, Replacement Remotes, and Adjustments in Routine

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. It is a warm-going-on-hot spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 82°F (28°C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the northeast at 9 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidity at 49%, the heat index is 82°F (28°C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 88°F (31°C). Tonight, skies will be clear. The low will be 59°F (15°C).

Last night I watched part of Inglourious Basterds (2009), a film by Quentin Tarantino that is part alternative history, part dark comedy set in occupied France during World War II. If you have not seen it, here’s the publicity blurb on the Blu-ray package’s back cover:

Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino’s high-octane WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.  

This time around I managed to watch two-thirds of the movie before I finally fell asleep and turned off my television set/Blu-ray player with the player’s remote. That’s more progress than I made on my previous attempt to watch Inglourious Basterds, which is one of the two Tarantino movies I own (the other one is 2019’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood).

I really need to change up my routine and watch movies during the day; I will try watching something – not necessarily Inglourious Basterds – as soon as I post this epistle on WordPress. Routines – whether they are good or bad – are hard to break, at least in my experience. But since the TV is in my room, and the player is connected to that TV, it should not be that tough to do, right?

Speaking of my 4K UHD TV, the replacement remote is on its way to the house from Amazon’s distribution center in Seffner. It was shipped yesterday from Austin, Texas and marked as Out for Delivery at 11:28 AM Eastern. I can, as I said in my previous post about the disappearance of my TV remote control on Sunday, use the Blu-ray player’s remote to turn the TV on and off and access the smart TV’s apps using the HOME button, but I can’t access my streaming services easily without the remote that came with my TV.

In the event that the original remote eventually surfaces – it could have slipped unnoticed into one of my Ikea cubby’s four drawers; I just have not emptied each drawer to inspect them closely – I can always use the new one as a spare RC. Better safe than sorry, as the old saw goes.

Well, that’s all the scoops I have for you 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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