On Movies: New Additions to My Blu-Ray Collection Are on the Way to Our Mailbox


Well, this week my Blu-ray collection will get two additional titles – one that’s new-to-me, and another I-have-this-movie-already-but-I-like-the-packaging-variant-so-I-bought-it-anyway purchase. The new-to-me title is not a newly released Blu-ray, nor is it a recent movie. It’s the 2018 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment issue of Far and Away, a Ron Howard film that turns 30 years oldContinue reading “On Movies: New Additions to My Blu-Ray Collection Are on the Way to Our Mailbox”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook – All’s Well That Ends Well


It’s only just out of reach Down the block, on a beach Under a tree. –  Stephen Sondheim, “Something’s Coming,” West Side Story Well, Dear Reader, after all the angst, all the aggravation, and all the chats with Best Buy customer service reps online, the West Side Story Limited Edition Steelbook incident had a happyContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook – All’s Well That Ends Well”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook…A Happy Ending at Last?


Today, all day I’ve had a feeling A miracle would happen I know now I was right… – Stephen Sondheim, “Tonight” from West Side Story When I last wrote about my issues with the exclusive-to-Best Buy Limited Edition Steelbook version of 20th Century Studios’ 4K UHD Blu-ray release of Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-nominated West SideContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook…A Happy Ending at Last?”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the Missing ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook Continues


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, March 17, 2022. It is a cool – for Florida standards, at least – spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 72˚F (22˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 83% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 5Continue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: The Saga of the Missing ‘West Side Story’ Steelbook Continues”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, I Guess….


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. It is a warm spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 76˚F (24˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 85% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, I Guess….”