Thoughts & Musings for Wednesday, January 11, 2023, or: Well, There Go My Plans to Write a Book Review!

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Today I woke up feeling a bit under the weather – just a garden-variety cold, judging by the symptoms – so I won’t be writing the planned review of Code Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan – and Why Truman Dropped the Bomb, by Thomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar, which had been on my to-do list for the day.

I ordered a package of Dayquil/Nyquil gel caps from Amazon last night; I started sneezing and getting a headache late yesterday afternoon, and so far, the symptoms are mild and thus tolerable. My order won’t arrive till tomorrow, though, so I’ll have to muddle through today by taking Tylenol for the headache, keeping some tissues handy, and resting as much as possible. (I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a runny nose whenever I must focus intensely on a specific task…which makes writing long articles of any kind a bit of a downer, at least for me.)

Andie McDowell and Bill Murray star in Groundhog Day, a rom-com from director Harold Ramis. (C) 1993/2023 Columbia Pictures and Sony Home Entertainment

I did get a bit of good news this morning: my only movie purchase for January, the 4K reissue of Groundhog Day: 30th Anniversary Edition, will arrive tomorrow (along with my OTC cold medications). Amazon had previously estimated a delivery date of January 27 (even though I pre-ordered it late last year and its “street date” was yesterday.

(C) 1993, 2023 Columbia PIctures/Sony Home Entertainment

I have this movie on DVD, and I had not planned to upgrade Groundhog Day to Blu-ray; I don’t watch the few “rom-coms” in my video library that much, and in any event replacing everything on a one-for-one basis is expensive and impractical. Having said that, since the 4K version comes with a 2K Blu-ray, the digital copy code, and a steelbook container, I thought the upgrade – which will be my only “just for fun” purchase this month – was worth making.

As for the Blu-rays that I already own, last night I watched a few episodes of Star Trek: Discovery – Season Four. I was in the mood to watch science fiction, but I didn’t believe I could sit through a full-length movie, so I decided to watch at least one episode of Discovery. I ended up watching several episodes, thus blowing my “I can’t watch a movie because I don’t feel up to it” thesis out of the water.

Maybe I was engrossed in the story, or it’s because I’ve already seen most of my SF stuff a few times already; I don’t know. But despite some issues with the pacing of serialized Star Trek, the story in Season Four is interesting, at least enough that I did not watch “Just one” episode of this Paramount+ original Star Trek series.

As I said, I planned to write a review of Code Name Downfall, which is one of the two books about the planned invasion of Japan that are part of my current TBR stack. But even though my cold symptoms are mild and tolerable, they are present, and they do affect my daily routine, so I’ll just put aside writing anything that requires more work than a slice-of-life blog post until my meds arrive tomorrow.

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.

5 thoughts on “Thoughts & Musings for Wednesday, January 11, 2023, or: Well, There Go My Plans to Write a Book Review!

  1. Code Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan – by Thomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar – is a fascinating and well-written book that tells the story of how the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan in 1945 and why Truman decided to do so. The book is also full of fascinating and unique insights into the American government and military at the time.


    1. Thank you!

      It seems that I almost always catch a cold at this time of year. Regardless of where I am or who I’m with. In fact, the only time that I “lived on my own” (July 2015-April 2016), I caught two colds; once in November 2015, another one in February of 2016. I STILL remember walking to Winn-Dixie to get Dayquil gelcaps.

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