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….”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: Carefully Watched Packages and Jangled Nerves


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. It is a cool (but gradually warming) spring day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 72˚F (22˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the east at 10 MPHContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping, or: Carefully Watched Packages and Jangled Nerves”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 14, 2022, or: Closely Watched Packages…and Other Monday Thoughts


This morning I woke up twice. The first time was at shortly before 4:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time, and as is becoming routine, it was to “answer the call of nature.” When my bladder started calling for attention, I half-opened my eyes, saw that it was still dark, and blearily padded over to the bathroom.Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 14, 2022, or: Closely Watched Packages…and Other Monday Thoughts”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, March 11, 2022, or: Carefully Watched Packages – The Saga Continues (It Never Really Ends, Right?)


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midday/early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, March 11, 2022. It is a hot spring day here in the Tampa Bay area.[1] Currently, the temperature is 86˚F (29˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 13 MPH (21 KM/H) and humidity at 65%, the heatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, March 11, 2022, or: Carefully Watched Packages – The Saga Continues (It Never Really Ends, Right?)”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 9, 2022, or: Waiting for ‘West Side Story’ to Ship (and Other Concerns)


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. It is a warm, muggy spring day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 70% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 13 MPH (22 KM/H),Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 9, 2022, or: Waiting for ‘West Side Story’ to Ship (and Other Concerns)”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, February 18, 2022, or: Additional News Re ‘West Side Story’ 4K Release and Other Ramblings of a Sleep-Deprived Blogger


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, February 18, 2022. It is a gray and cool winter day here in the Tampa Bay area, but we’re also in the midst of a warming trend. Currently, the temperature is 76˚F (25˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west-southwestContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, February 18, 2022, or: Additional News Re ‘West Side Story’ 4K Release and Other Ramblings of a Sleep-Deprived Blogger”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 16, 2022, or: ‘West Side Story’ is on Pre-Order…Now Let’s Hope World War III Doesn’t Break Out Over Ukraine


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. It’s a balmy winter day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 79˚F (26˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 52% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 15 MPH (24 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 16, 2022, or: ‘West Side Story’ is on Pre-Order…Now Let’s Hope World War III Doesn’t Break Out Over Ukraine”