Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 18, 2021, or: Of Moms, Birthdays, and My ‘Maybe Later’ Pile

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Monday, October 18, 2021. It is a nice fall day; the current temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 38% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 11 MPH (18 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 18, 2021, or: Of Moms, Birthdays, and My ‘Maybe Later’ Pile”

On Film and Film Watching: My (Inadvertent)Saturday Night Diane Lane Film Festival

“Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way.”― Tim Burton, Burton on Burton  LastContinue reading “On Film and Film Watching: My (Inadvertent)Saturday Night Diane Lane Film Festival”

On Film and Film-Watching: A Little Bit of Apocalypse…and a Little Bit of ‘A Little Romance’

Hi there. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Friday, October 15, 2021. We are off to a fall-like start to the day. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (24˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 40% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 3 MPH (4 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “On Film and Film-Watching: A Little Bit of Apocalypse…and a Little Bit of ‘A Little Romance’”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, or: Shatner Boldly Goes to Suborbit, and My Blu-ray Collection Expands (a Bit)

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. It’s gray and somewhat cool outside; the current temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 48% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H),the feels-like temperature is 74˚F (22˚C). TheContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, or: Shatner Boldly Goes to Suborbit, and My Blu-ray Collection Expands (a Bit)”

For the Love of Movies: Watching an Old Classic and Keeping Tabs on My Blu-ray Library

Last night I watched George Lucas’s first box office hit, American Graffiti (1973). It was a last-minute choice; I originally planned to watch the 1994 miniseries The Stand, the first adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel about a government-engineered “super flu” that kills 99% of humanity and sets up the survivors for an “end ofContinue reading “For the Love of Movies: Watching an Old Classic and Keeping Tabs on My Blu-ray Library”

On Blu-ray Collecting: A Quick Update About ‘The Stand’ Blu-ray Set’s ETA

It’s mid-afternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Except for the sound of the big TV out in the common room – Alfred, The Caregiver’s boyfriend of over a year, is watching the Paramount Network and he has the volume cranked up – the house is quiet. My bedroomContinue reading “On Blu-ray Collecting: A Quick Update About ‘The Stand’ Blu-ray Set’s ETA”

On Blu-ray Collecting: A Glimmer of Hope in the Continuing Saga of Late Pre-Orders

For those of you who are following the continuing saga of Perpetually Delayed Pre-Ordered Blu-rays, I have an optimistic update regarding the ship-out date of The Stand (2020). If you recall, July was a busy month for pre-orders on Amazon, at least for me. Some were of books that will be published between early OctoberContinue reading “On Blu-ray Collecting: A Glimmer of Hope in the Continuing Saga of Late Pre-Orders”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, October 8, 2021, or: When Preordering New Blu-ray Releases Becomes a Game of ‘Hurry Up & Wait’

Hi, there. Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, October 8, 2021. It’s a hot, muggy “autumn” day in west-central Florida. The current temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 72% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, October 8, 2021, or: When Preordering New Blu-ray Releases Becomes a Game of ‘Hurry Up & Wait’”

On Blu-ray Collecting: The ‘Pre-Order Gremlins’ Strike Again!

Well, it seems as though the Amazon pre-order gremlins have struck again. In June, an Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection box set of 4K UHD Blu-rays that I pre-ordered a few months earlier and was scheduled for a June 12 “street date” by Paramount Home Media Distribution was delivered almost two weeks later. More recently, Paramount’sContinue reading “On Blu-ray Collecting: The ‘Pre-Order Gremlins’ Strike Again!”

A Writer’s Tale: Truth or Fiction?

“Yeah, I know what your English Professor tried to tell you. But if your English Professor could make a living writing fiction, they would have been doing it.” ― Dean Wesley Smith Where do you get your ideas from? All writers of fiction, from Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Jules Verne, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Harris,Continue reading “A Writer’s Tale: Truth or Fiction?”