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‘Star Wars:Rogue Planet’ – Chapter 23

Posted in IA - Star Wars: Rogue Planet (2) with tags on June 30, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, I had to work today again and I knew it was going to be a busy Friday.  I went to work by 11 a.m. (slept in till 10 a.m. out of sheer exhuastian still) and the store was hoping already.  We were extremely busy and it seemed like it would never end.  It was so busy that my hand and wrist actually began to hurt.  I also started to get dehydrated at work and had to take a minute to get a drink of water.  On the upside, I was left to the grill on my own today and I stayed with the rushes all day long.  I was pretty proud of myself.  No one had to wait too long for a burger today because of the speed and accuracy that I have developed.  I am actually afraid that if I become too good at the grill that they may never move me to any other position.  Although this is only a summer job, I hope that I’m doing more than just flipping burgers.  Here’s to hoping.

I came home to an empty house as Heather wasn’t home, she was out running erands.  When she got home we talked a little and I complained about my hands hurting.  She suggested using some “Icy/Hot” on them and it did wonders.  It’s much better but not completely healed and it may take the weekend for my wrists to feel normal again.  We went to KFC and got the “potato bowls” from them and they were surprisingly filling and really good.  We came home, I took a half hour snooz while Heather slept for an hour before her closing shift.  The waters are starting to recede around here and all sorts of politicians are showing up, including Hillary (yeah, like that really helps!).

Here are some pics of the flood from Friday.

I also found out that several of my staff members at my school have lost EVERYTHING in the flood.  I feel completely horrible and want to help in some way.  I will have to call my school on Monday and see if there is anything we can do.  In the meantime, if you don’t live in the Binghamton area and would like to help out these teachers and members of our community in some way, please email me at:  robertcrissman@musician.org.  I have a feeling in days to come these people will need food, clothing, and all sorts of different things.  If you are willing to send any items or even send some money to help these people out, I will make sure it gets to them.  Please help these people because not only are they friends of mine, they are fellow teachers and are facing a long uphill road ahead.  Thanks.

Okay, onto talking about Chapter 23 of “Star Wars:Rogue Planet” by Greg Bears…..

Chapter 23:  The crowd in the courtyard moved aside to let Anakin and Obi-Wan through.  As they got to the other side, a lamina door opened into a half ball shaped room.  There a bunch of of spherical animals were moving about which Anakin tells Obi-Wan are going to become their ship.  Obi-Wan says to be wary of what he is feeling because The Force can be deceiving.  Anakin ran into the room with both arms open with Obi-Wan trotting behind him.  As Anakin Anakin yelled about the seed partners, the doors closed behind them.  Obi-Wan advised to let the seed partners take the initiative.  Obi-Wan suddenly felt Anakin’s Jedi training slip and leave his body.  Then Anakin yelled, “I’m ready”.  Then Obi-Wan realized that Anakin wasn’t losing his training, but had learned to meditate within The Force in a way even he couldn’t understand.  Obi-Wan thought they wanted something from them, but Anakin disagreed.  Then Obi-Wan agreed that they were not what the sphere creatures expected.  Next thing they knew, they were surrounded by ten seed partners and Anakin said they were accepted.  Then they realized that this was going to be a real commitment.  Anakin wished that Sheekla had told them more upfront.  The next thing they knew the creatures were vibrating and clicking and then dozens and thousands joined the ten surrounding them and began to overwhelm the two Jedi.  They couldn’t move or breathe in the avalanche of creatures.

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‘Star Wars:Rogue Planet’ – Chapter 22

Posted in IA - Star Wars: Rogue Planet (2) with tags on June 29, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, we had to get up early this morning to find out how Wendy’s was doing.  Like, 6:30 a.m. early.  We waited a while and then found out they were going to try to open today.  So, we knew that meant that I was going in at 10 a.m. and Heather was more than likely working the night shift tonight.  So, I went back to bed and tried to get some more sleep before my shift.  I got out the door late, and got over to Wendy’s a little late in my shift.  Well, they had the store almost put back together.  The machines were back in and they were working on a normal opening now.  They sent me into the parking lot to clean the signs and sweep out debris and pick debris out of the rocks, etc. outside.  Basically, I was to pick up anything that wasn’t organic.  When I got back inside, we were getting ready to start to open and we had managers from all over the place.  I knew it would be a busy day, but I had no idea what I was in for.  They had the district manager from Wendy’s Bing., Wendy’s Syracuse, and Wendy’s Cortland there as well as several other big-wigs for our reopening.  We reopened our doors at 11:30 a.m. and we got SLAMMED!! I wasn’t able to make the burgers fast enough and we had to have two people on the grill.  It was ridiculous.  I’ve never seen so many people in our store all at once.  On the plus side, I kept getting praises all day long for my work yesterday and then today.  They said they never had someone pick up on grill in four days so quickly as I did.  Eventually I did get caught up and they left me on the grill on my own.  I did alright, but I was exhausted by the end of the day.  Corey was going to let me off by 4, but actually let me go at 3:30 p.m.  That was cool because I was exhausted from yesterday.

I came home and Heather and I switched spots.  I got my second wind after a half hour nap.  I continued to work on cleaning up the house as we still had a disaster around the living room from Sunday and Monday night.  Everything got put away and I was able to cut the pork steaks out of the meat we bought at Sam’s Club.  Then I hung our new door bell, gave Clifford a flea bath, worked on organizing the bedroom, bathroom, and home theater room as well as the gaming room.  I got a ton of stuff done!  I was really proud of myself, but exhuated as well.  I planned on getting caught up on blogging, which I did, but needed to get caught up on reading for my Star Wars books but couldn’t because I couldn’t find my reading glasses ANYWHERE in the house.  I guess it became too much chaos too quickly.  I guess I’ll have to really work at it tommorrow night.

Here are some photos of the flood from Wednesday.

Here are some photos of the flood from Thursday.

Time to talk about Chapter 22 of “Star Wars:Rogue Planet” by Greg Bears…..

Chapter 22:  Raith Seinar was starting to get antsy in his crew quarters on the “Admiral Korvin” while in hyperspace.  He preferred being alone as to being a commander.  He held three inspections of everything aboard  the ship while in hyperspace.  Somehow, Seinar got the impression he was being set-up.  Time was approaching for him to meet with Ke Daiv.  He found the Blood Carver disturbing at best.  He decided he needed to find a weakness in his armor.  He pulled out some secret tools, including a pre-programmed verbobrain and ordered Kett to send an E-5 droid to his room immediately.  He inserted the verbobrain and the E-5 droid was brought to life.  The dorid would stay in the room during his discussion with Ke Daiv.

‘Star Wars:Rogue Planet’ – Chapter 21

Posted in IA - Star Wars: Rogue Planet (2) with tags on June 28, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, two words can now describe the Binghamton area.  Water and Flood.  I cannot believe how much rain we got between yesterday and today and the amount of water in our area was stagering.  Heather and I both woke up to a state of emergency being issued for Broome County.  We knew the rain had probably caused flooding, but we didn’t realize how sever until we watched the news.  Then I went out back to the back of our property to see the river.  And ironically, I could SEE the river.  And oh, by the way, I’m not supposed to see the river!!  It was getting close to the back of our property.  It was starting to get up to the edge of the property line and if it climbed another 10 feet it was going to be in my back yard.  And if it climbs another ten feet, then EVERYONE in the city of Binghamton was in trouble and under water.  The water was still rising as I was watching it.  That was the scary part.  I urged Heather to have both of us call into work, but like she said, there was nothing we could do at home to help the situation.  They may need our help at Wendy’s as we may be only several of the Wendy’s personnel that can actually get to the store.  Well, Heather decided to come with me as she needed to talk to her boss.  We both weren’t prepared to see what we saw on our way to work.

The Chenango River was EVERYWHERE!  It took over the golf course on the other side of Route 12A, the driving range down the street, the miniature golf course, and flooded Northgate Speedway acrossed the street from Wendy’s.  I was asked to be at work at 10 a.m. and we were hoping on the food by 11.  It seemed odd to me that so many people were on the road, considering we were in a state of emergency, but I guess everyone needs food at some point in time.  While we were working all sorts of weird rumors starting creaping into the store that we later found out to be true.  The dam up at Beaver Creek gave way, some of the levees broke, the Washington Street bridge was wavering then buckled, the water was coming over the flood walls in the city, the towns of Conklin and Waverly were completely under water, Union Endicott High School football field was unrecognizable, and Owego was completely shut down.  By 2 p.m., things seemed to be in a drastic situation in Wendy’s and we went from good to bad to worse rather quickly.

The water from the river was acrossed the street in the old Ames plaza when I first came into work.  We noticed the water levels were rising all afternoon long, but soon we began to realize that the street was flooding and the water was coming not from the river but out of the storm sewers.  At 2 p.m., we decided to close down to start getting employees home.  We started a regular close (which I felt lost because I had never been trained to do any of this and it was only my second day on grill) and really started to clean down the store.  by 4 p.m. we went from closing to we need to get everything out of the store.  And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!!  We were loading food into trucks and transporting it to Main St., Vestal, and U.E. Wendy’s stores for storage.  As we started on this, our manager, Cory suggested that our car be moved.  When I looked at our car I noticed I wasn’t going to get in without flooding it, so I crawled in through the trunk.  Luckily the car started and I managed to get it into the Ponderosa parking lot which was higher.  The water was slowly creeping up to the front doors of the restaurant.  Our local manager, district manager, and store owners were all on site barking out orders.  After a while, they decided to sandbag and bring in pumps to start trying to excavate the water.  We fought it off the best we could but the water kept rising.  Heather and I continued to transport food to other places in the county and the more we did so, the more worried about our house we became.  We took everything out.  From buns, to meat, to condiments to the machines.  We took out the grills, frosty machines, fryers, everything came out of the store and were stored in a tractor trailer.  Then we began to sandbag again and tried to keep it all from coming in the store.  Then the storm sewer on the other side of the store started to flood.  We brought in a second pump and continued to fight to keep the store dry.  We made some headway but it didn’t seem like much.  Employees were starting to find out that they couldn’t make it home to their own homes or homes of loved-ones because there was no way to get there.  Heather and I even offered to let one stay at our home.  By 7 p.m., Heather and I finally had become so worried about our home, that we insisted that we wanted to leave and make sure it was okay.

We left and came home and all of my prayers were answered.  Our house was still there, we didnt’ have any water even in our back yard, and the river was only starting to climb the bank still, but was nowhere near the house.  We hadn’t thought about dinner yet, and I didn’t have a break from the day yet, so we decided to head back to Giant to get some food for Sloppy Joe’s and some fruit and water to drink.  On our way, we called my mom and dad to let them know we were okay and Heather’s parents to let them know that we were okay.  As we left the Giant parking lot, we noticed that they were still working at Wendy’s, so we went back to the store to see if headway was being made.  We were both surprised to find out that they were making headway on the water.  It was starting to back away from the back door and it looked like things were starting to get under control.  Corey walked around getting phone numbers and hours people could work for tommorrow in case they were opening to get the store back together.  We also noticed our pastor, who is friends with the store owner, was there with his family helping to sandbag the store.  We helped set up some more sand bags and then I begged Heather to go home because I was exhausted.

We got home and made dinner at 8:30 at night and ate it at 9 p.m.  It was a long day and we had to wait for the Wendy’s employee to show up to the house.  She showed up around 10 p.m. and we all ate some fruit and talked about the day and then headed to bed.  I don’t think I’ve ever slept so sound in my life!  Now the fear for tommorrow is getting everything back to where it needed to be.

Okay, so now that you all know about the tragedies in Binghamton, time to talk about Chapter 21 of “Star Wars:Rogue Planet” by Greg Bears…..

Chapter 21:  It was a client celebration day on Middle Distance and many Sekotans were milling about for the festivities.  Obi-Wan sensed a revitalized people amongst all of this.  Anakin looked at the river below and hoped to ride a raft on it, but was warned that no one had because it was too dangerous.    They were informed they had ten minutes before arrival and Obi-Wan said he would like to know more about the procedures, but got a response from Gann that avoided the question.  When they arrived, they met a female Ferroan named Sheekla Farrs who was a grower and daughter of firsts.  She told Obi-Wan that they would meet their seed parnters and would then go into ship design with her husband, Shappa.  They entered Far Distance and Sheekla explained that this is where seed partners and owners meet.  Sheekla says they will experience what the Magister did when he first landed on Zonoma and became aware of the Sekot.  Anakin asked who the Magister was and Sheekla said he was the spiritual leader, and founder of Middle Distance.  They entered a tunnel where Farrs informed them that seedling come from potentium.  Anakin asks Obi-Wan about that word.  Obi-Wan remembered  of Jedi who believed in the Potentium, a controversial view of The Force, but were banished from the order.  As they entered the courtyard, many watched their entrance.  They were all singing the same song as Anakin and Obi-Wan were decorated with sashes. A man came and greeted them when Farrs suggested an offering to the Potentium.  Anakin handed the money to Obi-Wan who gave it to the Ferran who responds by saying he is optimistic.

‘Star Wars:Rogue Planet’ – Chapter 20

Posted in IA - Star Wars: Rogue Planet (2) with tags on June 27, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, I got up a little later today and headed to work.  I watched a video on how to work the grill, worked with a guy named Brandon for a little while, and next thing I knew I was running the grill while we were in the middle of the lunch rush.  It got hectic, but I think I handled it well.  I do think my diet concept is going to work though.  Working with all of this ground beef and all of these hamburgers makes me think twice about getting a hamburger anytime soon.  Especially when I realized how much grease was on the grill while I was cooking those burgers.  Yeah, this idea might work.

I got home tonight and decided to start to organize my Star Wars Kenner toys.  Well, what I thought would take only an hour or so, turned into three and a half hours worth of work, and I’m STILL not done with them.  Oi!  I didn’t think that displaying a collection of toys would be this hard.  I may have to bow to Marjorie and Arnie to see if they have any suggestions for displaying these figures, because right now it just lookes like a bunch of figures.  Well, after three hours, I was exhausted and headed to bed.  Heather worked late again tonight.  It started to rain tonight what seems like almost non-stop.  I’m worried about the river just outside our house and whether the river can handle all the rain.  I figure it’s gotta stop at some time.  The good news is that there is no leaks in my roof and now leaks in the basement.  Thank you Lord for watching over my house and my family.

Okay, time to talk about Chapter 20 Of “Star Wars:Rogue Planet” by Greg Bears…..

Chapter 20:  Anakin asks Obi-Wan shy they don’t just ask about Vergere.  Obi-Wan says they must be patient and perpare to meet the Magister.  As they ride to the training facility that morning, Anakin says he feels at home here.  Obi-Wan says he fears tht the smeills in the air have some carcinogenic affect on humans.  Anakin says he enjoys the smells.  Obi-Wan asks Anakin what else he feels and that he needs to compare Anakin’s feelings to his own.  Anakin went to sit and noticed the chair was alive.  Obi-Wan noted that the material they use to build with is called lamina and that the buildings and everything in them are alive.  Anakin began to question how the lamina stays alive and Obi-Wan interupts him and Anakin reveals he feels a large unity.  Obi-Wan reveals that all the lamina is completely symbiotic but that he felt something outside of just the two of them.  Anakin says he can sense the colonists and the newcomer, but does not sense Vergere.  Obi-Wan agreed that she’s gone then pointed out to Anakin that the chair was feeding off the floor.  They talk about being ready the next morning for thier host and Anakin says he’s excited.  Obi-Wan was wary about the connection Anakin had with Sekot and was concerned that he didn’t understand either

‘Star Wars:Rogue Planet’ – Chapter 19

Posted in IA - Star Wars: Rogue Planet (2) with tags on June 26, 2006 by jedicouncil

Today was my first day of work at Wendy’s.  It was okay, but really boring ultimately.  Boring because all I did all day long was watch videos and answer question sheets over and over.  I guess this is how they train their employees, but honestly I did more reading at work today than I’ve done teaching.  I didn’t even get a chance to see anything in action, but I know I’ll probably regret making that comment later.  I came home with Heather and we decided we were going out for dinner and were going to shop some more for stuff we need for around the house.  Heather realized that we had a little more money to play around with because I got a check from the school today for my Master’s School program.  So, we went to Sam’s Club, then Wal-Mart, then A.C. Moore to get some more stuff we need around the house.  Then Heather and I decided to go out for dinner so we ate at “T.G.I. Friday’s”.  It was good and got me full and then we headed over to the movie theater and saw “Click” as a birthday gift to the both of us.  The movie was okay, but actually not as funny as I thought it would be.  Instead, it was a lot more of a serious film than the T.V. advertisements say it is.  Again, we came home by 10 p.m. and dumped everything down and started to try to organize the house.  Needless to say the house now looks like a war-zone.  We decided to go to bed fairly early as I had my first day of work on the grill tommorrow and I wanted to make sure I was rested up for that.

Okay, so time to talk about Chapter 19 of “Star Wars:Rogue Planet” by Greg Bears…..

Chapter 19:  Anakin couldn’t look out the windows of the transport headed south.  Anakin notes that the people on the planet are acting as if there are problems.  Anakin says he senses a change and shift in The Force on this planet.  One big shift.  Obi-Wan notes he does not feel the same thing.  An hour later the transport lands and the door opens.  A thick intoxicating floral aroma enters the cabin of the transport.  As they come down the ramp, they meet their first Sekotan, named Gann.  As introductions were made, Anakin asked where their really fast ships were.  Obi-Wan explained that Anakin was his student and Bann said it was okay because all younglings on Zenoma Sekot are students to all adults.  Gann told Anakin that he won’t see a ship for some days.  He then told Obi-Wan that they were on Middle Distance, a portion of the planet they settled on long ago.  Obi-Wan said they wish to buy a ship and have money and are willing to train.  Gann informed him that rituals come first.  Gann said he needed to introduce  the to Sekot and led them to an external platform and they get a great view of a beautiful planet.  Bann informs them that the planet is named Zenoma but the living creatures on it are called Sekot.  Gann informs them that in order to get a ship from their planet, they need ot acknowledge the Magister and the connection to Sekot.  Obi-Wan says they accept and Gann starts to lead them to their quarters.

‘Star Wars:Rogue Planet’ – Chapter 18

Posted in IA - Star Wars: Rogue Planet (2) with tags on June 25, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, we got up at a decent hour this morning and went to Uncle Mike’s church.  Very nice service and a good sermon that kept my attention (which is hard to do for some pastor’s).  We then went back to my brother’s house after we stopped off at their local farmer’s market to try and find some fresh corn, but that ended up being a bust.  That’s okay, it just meant the ladies had to got to “Tops Friendly Markets” to get some corn on the cob.  Got to my brother’s house and changed clothes and then put up a tent in their back yard to eat under.  Which answers a valuable question.  How many Crissman’s does it take to put up a tent?  Well, the answer is three men, two women and about four children.  Eh, the family will get that joke!  Anyway, we had a great barbecue that my brother prepared.  He had some great sauces yet again, including a white barbecue chicken sauce and an awesome strawberry lemonde homemade concoction he made (which by the way Mike, I still need the recipe for) that tasted just like a Strawberry Julius.  After dinner we decided to celebrate my birthday and Heather’s birthday.  Heather got a gift card to Wal Mart and I got “Star Wars Battlefront II” and a partiotic t-shirt.  I also got from my wife an 18V drill, new screw-driver set, and a new socket set.  I was very happy with all of it.  A good mix of buisness and toys.  Just the way I like it.  We also managed to pick up from my parents’ house some of my Star Wars Kenner toys from when I was younger.  I got as many as I could into a 20″ T.V. box and managed to get the box into the back of the car.  I hope to get it all home and display them all with some stands and what-not.  We’ll see what happens.  Anyway, we left Rochester from Mike’s house, went to my parent’s house to pickup the dog and then got on the Thruway and headed home.  We stopped at the mall in Syracuse quick to go to the bathroom and get some water for our dog, Clifford.  When we came out to the parking lot, we had some lady scolding us, saying we were being cruel to our dog because he was in the car by himself.  Yet, we cracked the windows on the car and didn’t leave him alone for more than ten minutes.  This lady was absolutely psycho and needed to get a life.  We then got on the road again and headed home.  We came in the house and literally dumped everything down and dropped off the dog, and then decided to go to Wal Mart.  We got all sorts of stuff there.  We got a fertilizer spreader, fertilizer, grass seed, plants, clothes, some movies (2 for 5 bin), a tackle box for all of my Star Wars Miniatures and much more.  We stopped at Taco Bell and ate some late food, came home and dumped all of that stuff again, and organized a little before being exhausted and heading to bed.

Okay, time to talk about Chapter 18 of “Star Wars:Rogue Planet” by Greg Bears…..

Chapter 18:  Seinar has been given the rank of commander and his four ships were about to enter hyperspace.  Seinar had convinced himself that this would be a harrowing mission, but that he would somehow come out on top because of his competitive nature.  At no point in preparing to leave did Seinar have time to make back-up plans.   Seinar was wearing an Old Trade Federation defense officer uniform with black, grey and red coloring.  Seinar gave Captain Kett the order to enter hyperspace once all coordinates were aligned.  As they entered hyperspace, Kett estimated it would take three days to arrive on Zenoma Sekot.  Seinar ordered more drills and a rundown on every officer within that time frame.  Seinar exited the forward observation deck.

‘Star Wars:Rogue Planet’ – Chapter 17

Posted in IA - Star Wars: Rogue Planet (2) with tags on June 24, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, so I’ll be honest, Josh and I woke up pretty late this morning.  I believe we both woke up around 11 a.m.  Josh and Joanne had a wedding they needed to get to and Josh was kind enought to take me to the Wendy’s in East Rochester to meet Heather so she could take me to my parents’ house.  We met there and went to my parent’s home where my kids were playing in the pool (imagine that!) and were just having a ton of fun!  I sat down and ate lunch with my parents and had some time to visit with them.  I helped my dad figure out how to level off the ground where they had their bushe removed in the front of the house and we decided we were going to move some dirt from their compost pile to the ground to the front of the house to level out the ground.  As we were doing this, Tara came running to us and told us that the pool was leaking.  We went to check out the pool and sure enough, it was leaking.  So, we emptied out the pool and dad went to the store and got “man’s best friend”.  You know, duct tape!  Anyway, we duct taped the pool when it was dry and it seemed to work fine.

We had a wonderful dinner as always at my parents that consisted of steak and baked potatoes.  It’s been a while since I’ve had a grilled steak so that was really a nice treat.  We then got the kids ready for bed as we know tommorrow is going to be a long day.  We have been invited to Uncle Mike, Aunt Trish, and Cousin Katie’s church and then house for a barbecue. It sounds like they have a ton of food, which sounds good to me and makes my son a very happy person.

Okay, time to talk about Chapter 17 of “Star Wars:Rogue Planet” by Greg Bears…..

Chapter 17:  Anakin was depressed by his first glimpse of the planet.  The woman of the planet took off her helmet and mask to reveal her gray-white hair and deep blue eyes.  She asks Obi-Wan if Anakin is his son and he replies that he’s a student and that he himself, is a teacher.  She notes they are rich since they are about to buy a ship.  She asks who their financial backer is and Obi-Wan replies that it is academic in nature.  She tells him they don’t sell ships to research groups and to go home.  Obi-Wan said they came a long way and she retorted, “from teh center of the universe”!  She tells them they must prove themselves and that no visitor to Zenoma Sekot can stay longer than sixty days.  Obi-Wan said they were hoping to be treated well when the woman’s face softened and she began to act like she knew them as friends.  Anakin asked Obi-Wan what he did and he shrugged.  She told them to head south and that their ship would be ready in four days.  She asked them to follow her.  As they did, Obi-Wan instinctively reached for his lightsaber.  Obi-Wan worried about the mission and of his padawan.  He began to sense a shift in the balance of The Force.  Then Obi-Wan realized that Anakin was what was causing the unbalance of Force.  The women led them to a small, disk-like transport that would take them south.  Obi-Wan pulled out his comlink adn told Charza Kwinn to stay around as long as he could and then to leave, but stay nearby somewhere.