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”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 21, 2022, or: The Best-Laid Movie Watching Plans Go Way Astray

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, February 21, 2022. It is a mild, cool (but warming up), and “Florida winter” day. Currently, the temperature is 76˚F (24˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 62% and the wind blowing from the east southeast at 11 MPH (17 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 21, 2022, or: The Best-Laid Movie Watching Plans Go Way Astray”

Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (1961)

West Side Story (1961) Directed by: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise Screenplay by: Ernest Lehman Based on: The stage play West Side Story, conceived, choreographed, and directed by Jerome Robbins. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Produced for the stage by Robert L. Griffith and Harold Prince. West SideContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘West Side Story’ (1961)”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 16, 2022, or: Why Can’t I See a Movie Musical…at the Movies?

Hola, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday. It is a gray and chilly – for the subtropics, that is – day. The current temperature is 62˚F (17˚C) under cloudy skies.  With the wind blowing from the west at 14 MPH (22 KM/H) and humidity at 79%, the wind-chill factor isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 16, 2022, or: Why Can’t I See a Movie Musical…at the Movies?”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 16, 2021, or: One Package Arrives, Another Goes Missing

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, December 16, 2021. It’s a cool early winter day. The current temperature is 74˚F (24˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 92% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 8 MPH (12 KM/H), the wind-chill factor is 72˚FContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 16, 2021, or: One Package Arrives, Another Goes Missing”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, December 10, 2021, or: The ‘West Side Story 2021’ Blues…and Other Bits and Pieces of Seasonal Angst

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Friday, December 10, 2021. It is a warm early winter day. Currently, the temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under partly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 73%, the feels-like temperature is 84˚F (30˚C).Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, December 10, 2021, or: The ‘West Side Story 2021’ Blues…and Other Bits and Pieces of Seasonal Angst”

On Movies: My Odd Saturday Night at the Movies was…Odd

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in lovely Lithia, Florida on Sunday, December 5, 2021. It is a mild winter day, at least by the standards of the subtropical Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 79˚F (26˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 6 MPHContinue reading “On Movies: My Odd Saturday Night at the Movies was…Odd”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, December 4, 2021, or: Michigan School Shooter’s Parents are Arrested & Arraigned; Another Blu-ray Joins My Collection

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Saturday, December 4, 2021. It’s a lovely, mildly warm early winter day. The current temperature is 76˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 3 MPH and humidity at 49%, the feels-like temperature is 75˚FContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, December 4, 2021, or: Michigan School Shooter’s Parents are Arrested & Arraigned; Another Blu-ray Joins My Collection”