Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 11, 2022: Another Week Begins in Lovely, Rainy Lithia


A rare shot of my neighborhood as seen from our front yard. (That house is across the street from ours.) Photo by the author

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is later morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, July 11, 2022. It is a sizzling hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 7 MPH (11 KM/H), the heat index is 96°F (35°C). Today’s forecast calls for scattered rain showers and a high of 92°F (33°C). Tonight, we can expect mostly clear skies. The low will be 77°F (25°C)

(C) 2022 Paramount Home Media Distribution & CBS Studios

This morning I received an email from Amazon letting me know that my April pre-order of Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 2 is on its way. Like the other Star Trek television series currently in production, this animated comedy series set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation era (which also includes Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager) is streamed on Paramount+, which was previously known as CBS All-Access, then released on physical media several months after each season ends.

Here’s what Paramount Home Media Distribution has to say about the second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks:

Developed by Emmy Award-winner Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty,” “Solar Opposites”), season two of the Emmy-nominated series, STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS is bigger, funnier and Star Trekkier than ever before. Follow the adventures of our favorite Starfleet support crew in the U.S.S. Cerritos as they deal with changes in group dynamics, chasing promotions, and tons of sci-fi missions. This 2-Disc DVD includes every hilarious episode of season two, along with over 1-hour of special features, including featurettes, deleted scenes, commentaries and much more! Also features guest appearances by Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, William T. Riker) and Robert Duncan McNeill (“Star Trek: Voyager”, Tom Paris).

I am not a Paramount+ subscriber, so if I want to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks – or Star Trek: Discovery, or Star Trek: Picard, or Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, for that matter – I must wait till Paramount releases each season on physical media six or seven months after the season ends.

I still have to wait a while til Strange New Worlds is offered for pre-order.

Amazon, on its order tracking page, says a delivery appointment has been scheduled and my package with the two-disc set should be here by 10 PM tomorrow.

Oh, and just to prove how unstable Florida weather gets in the height of summer, get this:

Since I started writing this post a couple of hours ago, conditions here in Fish Hawk – the planned community where I live – deteriorated sharply. We are not only getting “light rain showers,” but a thunderstorm, as well.

As for my cold – for that’s what it is – I feel a bit better today, although I can’t say I am 100% at my best. My throat doesn’t hurt as much as it did yesterday, and I’m coughing less, but still. My sore throat is, on a pain level of 0-10, at a tolerable (but still not fun) 4.5, and I still have occasional jarring coughing fits every so often. I don’t have a headache today, so that’s an important improvement.

Other than that, I don’t have much to report; I seem to have mislaid my smartphone, so I will be looking for it as soon as I publish this on A Certain Point of View, Too.

That brings us to the end of this, um, exciting blog post, Dear Reader. 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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