Musings & Thoughts for Monday, September 12, 2022, or: Rain, Sun, Movies, and Wargames – But Not Much Else….


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Summer, apparently, does not want to leave the Sunshine State.

It’s Monday, September 12, 2022, the 12th day of meteorological fall, but here in Lithia, Florida, it is hot, humid, and rainy, just as it has been for the past three days.

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As I write this, it has been raining off and on – nothing torrential or punctuated by lightning strikes – for about half an hour. And, as I already said, it’s hot: the current temperature is 87°F (30°C), but since we are not socked in by a lot of cloud cover and still see mostly sunny conditions, the heat index is 98°F (37°C). Here in the subtropics, this heat is not conducive for going outside for walks – which I have not done in a long time – or even sitting out on the front porch with a book in my hands and a drink by my side.

The only good thing about the weather picture for today is that the forecast does not include thunderstorms. Light rain showers, yes. Boomers, no.

Yesterday we had a few rain showers in the Fish Hawk area but no thunderstorm activity. I spent much of my Sunday either at my desk blogging, hanging out on Facebook, watching the occasional movie and gaming; three of the four adults that I live with were either at work or with their significant others, and Gamer Boy sleeps for much of the day, so I don’t have any real human interactions in this house.

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Speaking of watching movies….

UPS began the process of transferring my package with the 15-disc box set, Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture 6-Movie Collection to the U.S. Postal Service in Lakeland, which is only 19 miles away from Lithia.

(C) 2022 Paramount Pictures/Paramount Home Media Distribution

Per the last tracking report, at 7:45 AM Eastern UPS advised the Post Office in Lakeland that someone would hand over the 2.47-lb. package sometime today. Accordingly, the USPS now has tracking data available on my Amazon pre-order now that its tracking number has gone “live,” and the delivery estimate has been moved up from Wednesday the 14th to tomorrow afternoon.

This version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the main reason why I ordered the 6-movie box set. (C) 2022 Paramount Home Media Distribution

So, if all goes well, I’ll be watching either the 4K UHD version of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition or the theatrical cut of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which was not seen widely on home media until the lackluster 2009 Blu-ray release of the six films starring the original 1966-1969 Star Trek cast. I have that box set as well – bought it in Miami while I was still my mother’s caregiver – but even though the 1991 theatrical edition of Star Trek VI is good, a shoddy transfer marred its Blu-ray debut, so I rarely ever watch it due to the poor quality of the visuals.

 So, yep. At least I have that bit of entertainment-related goodness to look forward to.

I don’t have much else to report; I played Regiments again last night, but this time I chose a scenario that is set near a power plant of some kind in West Germany. It looks like a nuclear facility, but I’m no expert on what power plants look like, so I won’t say it was a German version of Three Mile Island.

The Mission Selection/Setup page on RegimentsSkirmish mode. (C) 2022 Bird’s Eye Games & MicroProse

Once again, I chose the American 1st Brigade, 3rd Armored Division, which has a good mix of modern – by the standards of the U.S. Army circa 1989 – equipment and older stuff from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

And, yep, I chose the Attack mission because I understand – more or less – how to attack prepared positions with a mix of armor and mechanized infantry, supported by helicopter gunships, scout helicopters, DPICM artillery fire missions, and close air support (CAS) from A-10 Thunderbolt II “tank busters.”

I don’t know, but this looks like a nuclear plant to me. (C) 2022 Bird’s Eye Games & MicroProse

I won a decisive victory, but I lost a lot of helicopters and almost lost one of the Objective Zones (OZs) I’d captured earlier in the battle when the AI-controlled Red Force launched an unexpected counterattack. I managed to not panic and hold off the enemy before the Soviet-East German force overran that position, but damn, it was a close-run thing!

It was a bit nerve-racking, but I did have fun…plus…I won.

And on this note, Dear Reader, I’ll close until my next post. I must take a shower and change into “street clothes” even though I am not going out there on this sweltering early “fall” day in Florida. So, 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.

One thought on “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, September 12, 2022, or: Rain, Sun, Movies, and Wargames – But Not Much Else….

  1. That video with the guy throwing packages, I’ve seen it. It is terrible. That is one good thing about automation. Now there are other ways of moving packages off a truck not involving moody or uncaring humans. The company I worked for, Siemens, invented one method.

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