Super-Long Weekend Update – Veterans Day Edition, Part Two (November 12, 2022)


This is not how I spent my time last night. Game design elements (C) 2022 Bird’s Eye Games and MicroProse

Veterans Day Weekend Update, Part Two

Yesterday was Veterans Day (formerly known as Armistice Day, and still called that in other countries that were belligerents during the First World War), and here in the United States, local, state, and federal government offices were closed, there were no mail deliveries, and – of course – stores were advertising their ginormous “Veterans Day sales.”

Thus, this is the second day of a four-day weekend that – thankfully – ends at midnight on the night of Sunday, November 13/Monday, November 14,

About Last Night

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My Friday night followed the basic outlines of the script for a Veterans Day night; as I wrote in yesterday’s post, I did leave my room to watch TV out in the family room, and I stuck to my “watch something with a military theme” for Veterans Day: I watched several episodes – on Amazon Prime Video – of War in the Pacific: Eagle Against the Sun, a 2015 10-part documentary about the 1941-1945 conflict between the United States and Japan during World War II.

Although the series is fair and balanced and sticks to facts, it’s obvious that the company that made it did not have a generous Ken Burns-type budget (Amazon says it was released by Mill Creek Entertainment, which is not surprising because I once was given a set of Mill Creek’s Victory at Sea DVDs, and the production values on it were horrible!), and it shows. The image quality is awful, and the director/editor often has to reuse footage from one episode in other episodes, giving the viewer multiple instances of déjà vu. It’s okay, and I am glad I could watch it for free with my Amazon Prime subscription, but I would not recommend it for purchase either on DVD or digital video.

I also reheated and ate the leftover half of Thursday night’s Detroit pizza order from Pizza Hut. I briefly considered saving two pieces (one-quarter of the total pizza) for tonight, but I was famished so I ate all four slices. As I mentioned yesterday, I did not order any “sides” – chicken wings, bread sticks, cheese sticks, or fried mozzarella bits – to save money. The Caregiver goes off to spend all her free time with her new boyfriend, and her adult kids are busy with their various responsibilities and don’t always cook dinner for the household or order for delivery, so I now must rely on ordering food because, ugh, I can’t cook on a gas stove.

What I Did Not Do

A close-up of a Soviet unit (see the BTR-70 and the Red Army troops in the screenshot?) as I prepared to call in an air strike by a “Snake” – aka the AH-1F Cobra attack helicopter (not seen but mentioned in the info panel at the center bottom).

Surprisingly, I did not play Regiments – or any of my many military-themed computer games – last night. I could have done so on my laptop via my Steam account, so it’s not that I avoided that activity because I would have had to stay at my desk. I can – with some difficulty – play Regiments out in the kitchenette because I had the house to myself till Gamer Boy (who finally got a job at the local Amazon distribution center) got home from work around 8 PM or so.

(C) 2022 Bird’s Eye Games and MicroProse

I started a session of Regiments shortly after I posted yesterday’s blog post on WordPress, but aborted the game even before I chose Skirmish and set up the session by picking my faction, unit, skill level, duration of the mission, etc. I think that as much as I enjoy Regiments – the first new MicroProse-published game I buy since the early 1990s – I just did not feel like being chained to my desk (metaphorically, of course) for longer than necessary, and a session of Regiments usually eats up one or two hours of my time. (I must pause the game every so often to issue orders, reassess the situation, and produce new plans and stratagems, so even a “40-minute” game ends up being longer even though the duration of the mission is 40 minutes.)

I also did not watch Saving Private Ryan, A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day, The Great Raid, or any of the other military-themed films I own on Blu-ray, DVD, or digital copy. War in the Pacific – as mediocre as it is – was suitable content for Veterans Day, so I didn’t have the urge to watch anything else.

‘Of All the Gin Joints in All the Towns in All the World….”

(C) 1942, 2022 Warner Bros. 4K UHD packaging (C) 2022 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/Studio Distribution Services

As for the one World War II-themed movie I’m expecting from Amazon, the 4K UHD 80th Anniversary reissue of Casablanca….

I had, for one brief giddy moment this morning, hopes that the package with my two-disc set would arrive today instead of Tuesday, which is the day that UPS – the primary carrier for this specific order – gave me yesterday via email and tracking info.

On my Amazon account, which I checked almost as soon as I got up this morning, my order status reads Out for Delivery – Arriving today by 8 PM.

I had not had breakfast yet, much less really awakened, so I momentarily forgot that this delivery involves two parties: UPS as the primary carrier, and the U.S. Postal Service as the “last-mile” delivery carrier.

Now, if the tracking information on Amazon or even UPS said my order was handed over to the Postal Service in the Lithia Post Office (which, by the by, is only a short car drive from here) at 6:03 AM EST, Amazon’s statement would be correct, and I’d probably be getting my 2-disc set (4K UHD BD and 2K HD BD) between now and 8 PM.

But….

At 6:03 AM EST, UPS scanned it as “Waiting to transfer to USPS” and not, as Amazon claims, as Out for Delivery.

And as I write this, this is what the Postal Service says on my Informed Delivery account:

Departed Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item

LAKELAND, FL 33801

Lakeland is not in Hillsborough County, for one thing, and even though it’s not that far away as the truck drives, I doubt that even if this status changes whenever the Postal Service does get the item from UPS today, that Amazon’s overly optimistic ETA of today by 8 PM is going to happen. That transfer would have to occur even as I post this on WordPress, and even if it is happening now as I type this, there’s no way on Earth that Casablanca is going to be in the mailbox today. By Monday afternoon, maybe. Definitely by Tuesday, which is UPS’s more realistic estimate from yesterday.

 ‘That’s All, Folks!’

I don’t have much to add, so I will just close this weekend’s update here. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Super-Long Weekend Update – Veterans Day Edition, Part Two (November 12, 2022)

  1. I watched The Big Red One last night. First time watch, Lee Marvin leads a squad through North Africa, Sicily, and Europe. Definitely epic, only focused on the experience of soldiers on the ground which I respected. Mark Hamill also co-starred in this in between making the Star Wars films

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    1. Sam Fuller, who directed that movie, was a WWII veteran who served in the 1st Infantry Division.

      I remember that when Hamill made an appearance on the Merv Griffin Show in 1980 to promote both The Big Red One and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the show aired one clip from each, prompting Merv to quip, “Looks like this is the ‘Mark Hamill Film Festival!'”

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