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The Jedi Council Speaks, Volume II, Episode #7 – Take Two

Posted in VII - The Jedi Council Speaks Podcast with tags on October 31, 2006 by jedicouncil

‘Star Wars – The Approaching Storm’ – Chapter 13 (Part 5)

Posted in ID - Star Wars: The Approaching Storm (2) with tags on October 30, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, today was lazy, fun, and scary all at once.  I started my day out by sleeping in a little then got up to help Heather and the kids get on the bus.  It was kind of nice to see how Heather’s morning goes when she has to get the kids onto the bus.  I couldn’t believe what a pain in the butt that Tara can be even after I usually leave in the morning.  She just isn’t a morning person and this has a drastic effect on her as she just shows no care about whether or not she’s on time.  I told Heather that she needs to miss the bus some time to find out what it’s like to miss the bus and not get her act together for the morning.  She can’t even seem to get dressed within a forty-five minute timeframe.  After the kids left, Heather and I went downstairs to watch “Doctor Phil” and it was so boring that we both fell asleep.  We kind of needed the nap anyway.  I got awake around ten a.m. and got to recording the last segment of TJCS and got it done by noon.  It’s pretty much done.  I just have to piece it all together and finish up a small amount of editing.  It will come out on time and I hope my audience really appreciates the lengths I went to improve the quality of the show.  I’m trying to give it a personal touch.  Let me know what you all think.

At noon, Heather and I decided to watch “Memoirs of a Geisha” on Cinemax because it was on.  Heather insisted we should see the movie when it was in the theaters and I talked her out of it.  She was glad that I did once we watched it at home today.  That movie was horrible!!  It was boring, had a long and uninvolved plotline, and seemed to have no point to it.  I didn’t even appreciate the information that was given to us about the Japanese and Geisha cultures.  Heather and I felt as though we wasted our afternoon by watching the movie.  So, if you’re ever tempted to rent and watch “Memoirs of a Geisha” – DON’T!!!  Shortly after we got done watching the movie, the kids started getting home and we got a phone call from Mark’s Auto Sales.

Mark’s called to tell us that they have not received the payment from Citi Financial for the car yet.  They were informed by Mark’s that they were reconsidering our financing because we hadn’t zeroed out our mortgage bill yet and they refused to pay Mark’s until we could prove that we zeroed out our mortgage bill.  Heather and I discussed what happened and had no way to resolve the matter at this point in time at night.  We would need to review and pursue the issue tomorrow in the morning.  I got worried that they would repo the car simply because of the issues with the financing.  When we called Tracy at Mark’s Auto sales, she told us that taking the car was not an option at this point.  The decision on the financing was nothing that was any fault of our own and that Citi Financial should never have said they would finance us and then a week later say they don’t want to finance us.  She promised they would work with us through this situation.  This has me very scared because I really love my new car and I would hate to loose it.

So, after fretting for a while, we ate dinner and Austin and I went out to Boy Scouts.  We got home and I headed downstairs and watched our usual nighttime T.V. shows together.

Okay, let’s talk about Part 5 of Chapter 13 of “Star Wars:The Approaching Storm” by Alan Dean Foster…..

Chapter 13 (Part 5):  He ran toward what looked like hills for protection.  When he got closer, he found it was not hills, but a creature called the Lorqual.  He instantly felt as though he should get in the fetal position and pray for help.  Lorqual were massive in nature, even bigger than suubatars.  The creature was so massive that it needed six legs to distribute it’s weight evenly.  They traveled in packs and rarely let other creatures in their midst, but were too worried about the storm to mind Tooqui being around.  Then he had an idea that he feared would kill him or could make him a hero.  He reached down and made a carrying basket out of the tall grass and then gathered stones into that basket.  He tried to find the Lorqual that looked the most tired, which was hard to do in the dark.  Next, he carefully climbed up on the Lorqual’s back being careful to be quiet and harmless.  He braced himself and took out a rock and threw it at a fellow Lorqual’s eye.  It moaned and jerked and so did another one, that also got hit by one of Tooqui’s rocks.  He kept chucking the rocks and agitating the herd.  The herd began to sway and a panic could be felt throughout the herd.  Soon after, lightning struck the ground nearby and the Lorqual herd began to move as Tooqui hing onto his steed for his life…..



‘Star Wars:The Approaching Storm’ – Chapter 13 (Part 4)

Posted in ID - Star Wars: The Approaching Storm (2) with tags on October 29, 2006 by jedicouncil

So it’s championship day!!  It was quite a long day, but what I consider to be a fairly successful day and a little bit of a depressing day (not because of the marching band, I’ll get to that in a minute).  It ended on a high note, which is the way I like it.

Heather and I got up fairly early today and got the kids and ourselves together to get to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  We had to be at Skytop by 12:30 p.m. but had decided to go to the Carousel Mall before we go there.  We had plenty of time as we got to Syracuse by 10:30 a.m.  Heather wanted to go to Frederick’s of Hollywood (she likes how their bras fit) and I wanted to go to Games Workshop to check on the latest stuff coming out from them.  When we got back together, we were both shocked.  Both our favorite stores at this mall were closed!! I mean closed, closed!!  They have both been gone for months now!!  Okay, so that’s it, there’s no reason to EVER go to the Sryacuse Carousel Mall ever again!  As a matter of fact, I’m hoping that all of you will join me in banning the mall for good!  This is the same mall that claims they can build a mall that size of Mall of America and could support it in Upstate New York!  They can’t even keep some of these small shops around.  How the hell do they plan on ever supporting a mall of that size?  Anyway, that was the depressing part of the day.

We ate lunch at the food court and quickly headed over to skytop.  It was freezing cold there!!  I was amazed that the kids put up with what they put up with.  It was so cold that I joined a fellow staff member in his truck to warm up for a little bit.  Heather and the kids headed down to the dome in the meantime, to find a seat to sit at.  We warmed up and then headed down for the dome.  Once inside, we had one last pep talk and got them onto the field.  The kids truly gave their best performance and performed their hearts out.  I was so proud of them and I hope they were proud of how they did.  We took our pictures and then waited for the awards ceremony.  For the first time at the Dome, I spent some time with my wife and kids and watched the shows from the front sides instead of the back sides.  It was a nice change of pace.  I joined back up with Vestal and we went onto the field for the awards ceremony.  We got nine out of the eleven bands in our class.  This made me happy and made me feel as though we weren’t on the bottom of the class for once.  It was actually a satisfying feeling to walk away with.  I know our director was a little disappointed because, yet again, our band received no recognition for doing a harder show.  I said goodbye to the staff and students and then joined my wife and we drove home.  On the way home, I called Josh just as they were getting ready to go onto the field and wished them good luck.  I also told him to say hi to Tim Holtz who was with the Webster Marching Band while my brother was with them and my brother was one of his friends when they were younger.  Anyway, Josh’s band took first place (I looked it up later tonight).  Heather and I got home in time to watch our usual shows and then go to bed.  I called in sick for work tommorrow at about 10 o’clock.

Let’s talk about Part 4 of Chapter 13 of “Star Wars:The Approaching Storm” by Alan Dean Foster…..

Chapter 13 (Part 4):  Tooqui watched as the Qulun broke camp and rode with the Jedi’s suubatars trailing behind the procession.  He followed at a distance so as not to be seen.  He would get close to recognize the faces, such as Baintu’s, and then then back off to stay out of sight.  He was excited when they stopped  in the afternoon and pulled the prisoners out of the caravan one by one.  When he got done counting, he realized they were all there.  Tooqui began to ponder how he was going to free them.  He thought it almost impossible considering all the obstacles.  He then decided that he needed to be bold and use his own resourcefulness to get the job done.  Tooqui missed his home as he traveled quite a distance from there following this caravan.  He survived by drinking water from the rain left in pools and by hunting for his food.  Soon, days passed by as he continued to follow the caravan at a distance.  He now looked for a safe place to rest when he heard a steady rumble in the distance.  A storm was approaching and he was stuck out in it.  He knew the Qulun would close camp and would wait it out while he was stuck outside having to deal with the weather…..


‘Star Wars:The Approaching Storm’ – Chapter 13 (Part 3)

Posted in ID - Star Wars: The Approaching Storm (2) with tags on October 28, 2006 by jedicouncil

What a day!  It was fun, it was dissapointing and tiring all at once.  Okay, so I got up at 6:30 this morning to get myself ready to go to Syracuse.  I met Ian at my house at seven o’clock and it was pouring rain.  It kept raining our entire ride up to Syracuse and it came down in sheets.  I’ve never seen it rain like that in one day and come down in such a downpour for so long.  There were points in time when I couldn’t even see Ian’s headlights while we were driving.  We got to the Thruway and took it to Liverpool (which I didn’t realize I needed to use the Thruway) and I gave the attendant a $20 bill to pay for the forty-five cent ride on the Thruway.  She asked me if that was all I had and I said yes.  She said she didn’t have enough change and waved me on without having to pay.  So, using that philosophy, I think I’ll carry $50 bills on the NYS Thruway from now on (LOL!!!).  Anyway, we went to “Strawberry’s” house and met her (She’s the Syracuse FanForce president) and then went over to the bowling alley and got ready for the “show”.  We went upstairs dressed up and the kids thought it was just awesome!!  We even had a group of mentally handicapped adults there and they were really excited to see us as well.  We all had fun and then sat downstairs after the party and had pizza and we all talked.  It was a blast!  One of the members even brought in their special edition of “Dressing Up A Galaxy” which had swatches and materials in it so that you can see the designs on the costumes.  It was incredible.  I then went upstairs and bowled a game with “Strawberry’s” family and got a phone call from my wife.

There was good news and bad news.  The good news, the competition in Central Square was cancelled.  The bad news, the competition in Central Square was cancelled.  Good in that I didn’t have to go out into the pouring rain to do a competition with the kids which I knew would be a giant wast and would potentially ruin equipment the day before the dome.  However, the bad news is that the judges tommorrow have now mostly never seen our show, so the show will be a complete surprise to them.  Not exactly what we wanted.  All well.  So, I told Heather I would finnish my game and drive home.  I got done, drove home and now I was exhausted already.  So, I took a quick nap and then got out of bed and asked the kids which costume I should wear to the party tonight.  They all agreed they wanted to see me dressed up as Boba Fett.  I just call it “mixed up” Fett.  I have a really chinsey jumpsuit from Jengo Fett (you know, those really cheap ones you find in a Halloween store in October) and a Don Post Boba Fett mask.  Now, however, it looks more ominous with a full T-Visor, and new holster for a child’s Star Wars blaster and a wookie bowcaster.  It looks the part enough to go to a Halloween party, but Star Wars costumers would laught their ass off at me!  Anyway, I had to make some quick adjustments and fixes to the costume.  While I worked on that, Heather worked on getting into her costume.  She put wires in her hair and dressed up like “Wendy” from “Wendy’s” and sprayed her hair red.  It was kinda nice to see my Bible touting wife actually get into Halloweeen.  I thought that maybe she swore it off forever!  I’m not into the mean “ghoulish” stuff for Halloween, but I look at it as a chance to become someone I’m normally not.  Anyway, we had a great night at our friends’ house and I even won the costume contest!  Pretty cool.  We got home pretty late, turned back the clocks, and got ready for marching band championships which were tommorrow.

Okay, let’s talk about Part 3 of Chapter 13 of “Star Wars:The Approaching Storm” By Alan Dean Foster…..

Chapter 13 (Part 3):  Luminara awoke to a hood on her head, arms bound behind her, and legs bound in three different spots.  She assumed it was day by the light shining through the mask.  Sh grunted through her gag and heard a response grunt from what sounded like Obi-Wan, Barriss, Kyakhta, and Bulgan.  She soon recognized Anakin’s groans.  Baintu shut them all up and told them they were headed to the city of Dashbalar, where his clan always does well in trades.  He told them he would not harm them, but instead is delaying them as a great reward has been sent out to do so.  Baintu warned them not to attempt escape as he has no problem in killing them if he must.  Anakin growled and Baintu said that he should calm down.  He informed them that they would be fed one at a time.  He told them that he destroyed their comlinks so that even if they escape, they have no way to call for help.  He also informed them that they’re waiting for the last shelter to be loaded onto the transport before they move.  Luminara was angry bur relied on her Jedi training to calm herself down.  Then she realized they made a pact with the Unity Council to get the Alwari to agree and then wondered if they would vote without the return of the Jedi.  She asked herself who would stand to gain from this and then realized it was most likely a Hutt.  She wanted to ask Soergg who was behind all of this when they returned to Cuipernam.  But first they must escape…..

‘Star Wars:The Approaching Storm’ – Chapter 13 (Part 2)

Posted in ID - Star Wars: The Approaching Storm (2) with tags on October 27, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, a good Friday.  Any Friday is good, but this one is even better because it’s the calm before the storm.  I was able to do my typical lesson plans with my students at school today.  Of course, I got a chance to drive my wonderful car to work and home.  Is it sad that I’m actually looking forward to work simply because I get to drive our new car?  I know I’m being pitiful, but hey, I’m amused by the small things in life.  Gotta love it when you are ready to drive anywhere just for the experience to drive your car.  I know, I’m sad!  Anyway, today is truly the calm before the storm.  Tommorrow is going to be quite the busy day.  I’m supposed to get up fairly early, go up to Syracuse for a Halloween parade with my FanForce Unit and march, then I’m going to join my marching band in Central Square for the Phoenix competition (it seems so weird to write that down!), and then I’m coming home right away so I can change back into my Jedi Costume and head over to our friends’ house for a Halloween party.  Oi!  What a day it’s going to be.

Good news!  I just got an email from my FanForce group, and since it’s supposed to rain all morning tommorrow morning, we’re not going to go to a parade, but an end of the season bowling party and show up as special guests.  Sounds cool to me!  I can’t wait to do that.  Kids are always such fun, especially when you’re in costume.  I am a little bummed tonight though.  I found out the tip of my lightsaber fell off in Syracuse while we were at the Heroes Expo.  So, either I gotta get ahold of Lind Lightsabers to get a new one, or I gotta come up with a way to make my own.  Either way, that means I’m out a functioning lightsaber for tommorrow.  I really should just get a Master Replicas saber and resolve that issue real soon.  It would be cool.  So, now the plan is to car pool up with Ian to the bowling alley.

Tonight I got my stuff together for tommorrow, got some last minute recording done.  While I was at school today, I got Monday’s lesson plans together as I may not be there on Monday.  I also decided that I need to wrap-up the next TJCS episode by Monday as my show is essentially coming out on Halloween night, and with three kids I will be quite busy that night.

Okay, let’s talk about Chapter 13, Part 2 of “Star Wars:The Approaching Storm” by Alan Dean Foster…..

Chapter 13 (Part 2):  Kholots were herbivores, but they were still big enough, with teeth sharp enough, to kill Tooqui.  Tooqui remained motionless as the Kholots sniffed him and he heard the Quluns on their sadains looking for him above the ground.  With one las sniff, the Kholots left Tooqui in the burrow.  As they exited, one of the Qulun mistook the Kholot as Tooqui and shot it.  The Qulun shooter took crap from his fellow compatriots.  They all agree that it’s late and to call off the chase.  The Quluns agree that they’ll lie to Baintu and tell him they found and killed the Gwurran.  Besides, he’s in the prairie with no food or water, that will surely kill him.  As soon as they left, Tooqui got to an observation point and found the Qulun breaking camp.  He had never seen a nomadic tribe ever break camp in the middle of the night.  He asked himself if his friends were alive and whether it should matter to himself or not.  He flet as if there were nothing he could do.  Besides, he already has enough of a story to tell to put him in high regard with the rest of the Gwurran.  He fought with himself internally and then decided that if he found them alive, he would try to help them, but if they were dead, he’d head for home.  Then Tooqui imagined the look on the face of their Alwari comrades when he rescued them and decided it was worth the price to save all of them.  He decided to track he Qulun from afar…..

‘Star Wars:The Approaching Storm’ – Chapter 13 (Part 1)

Posted in ID - Star Wars: The Approaching Storm (2) with tags on October 27, 2006 by jedicouncil

I had a typical day at school today and worked hard to continue to get my students to finnish their workbooks.  Some classes are getting to the point where they are really close and other classes are nowhere close.  All well, I need to have patience and work with all of my students and have faith that they can do their work and understand it to the best of their abilities.  I got home and forgot that Heather had to work tonight because she took off Saturday night so we could go to a freinds’ Halloween party.  So, in order to make up for taking off another night, Heather had to work tonight.  In some ways, this worked to my advantage.  I had a chance to record some more segments of TJCS so that I could get it out on time.  So it was partially a lonely night but also a good night to get some work done.  I’m excited about this episode of TJCS because I think the fans are really going to enjoy it and appreciate the upgrades and show changes we’ve decided to make.  A pretty awesome step up from this past year.  At least I hope everyone feels that way.  The kids were cool tonight and let me do some recording downstairs on my own.  It was nice to have them functioning on their own.  They even put themselves to sleep at 7:30 p.m. without me having to say a word.  That just shows how mature all my kids are and how well behaved and respectable they all are.

Okay, let’s talk about Chapter 13, Part 1 of “Star Wars:The Approaching Storm” by Alan Dean Foster…..

Chapter 13 (Part 1):  We start this chapter with two Qulun chasing after Tooqui.  Tooqui knew that Barriss must be in trouble if she let the Qulun’s chase him down in this way, with strange weapons in hand.  Tooqui worried for the Jedi for he knew they were not gods and succeptable to the the Qulun way of attack.  He was amazed he didn’t hear his friends get attcked because he knew they would not go down without a fight.  Had they been tricked?  Tooqui ran at an incredible speed as he was shot at by the Qulun.  Then he heard the clump of sadain feet as he neared the tall grass he could hide in.  He looked for a hill to hide in, but he was in unfamiliar land and the Qulun voices were getting closer.  Tooqui found a Kholot burrow to crawl into and hide.  It was a good hiding spot, except that it was already occupied by Kholots!…..

‘Star Wars:The Approaching Storm’ – Chapter 12 (Part 6)

Posted in ID - Star Wars: The Approaching Storm (2) with tags on October 25, 2006 by jedicouncil

Went to school and started some projects with students.  The most interesting one is the video project I’ve started with my eighth grade students.  There are some really great ideas out there and I think these students have some really fun ideas.  I got through the day today and got home to meet with my wife and kids for a little while before I got to get into my amazing car to head out to Vestal for marching band practice.  Is it sad that I now want an excuse to get into our car and just drive around just because it’s that much of a pleasure to drive our car around?  Anyway, before I headed out, Heather informed me that we wouldn’t be going to the Halloween party we were supposed to be going to on Friday night at one of the Vestal staff member’s house because we couldn’t find nor afford another babysitter for the weekend.  That was actually okay with me because that now free’s up my Friday night to start working on the podcast and finnish editing the show for the next TJCS show.

Got to marching band tonight and was watching for a little bit as they tore down the old Vestal stadium.  It was sad in some ways and exciting in others.  Sad to see an older stadium like this finally get taken down.  It reminded me of my old high school football stadiums.  Even sadder yet, it meant that our last rehearsal could not be on that field.  Exciting because this means that a new stadium is in the works and I know Vestal is vying to host a show next year and a new stadium would make that very exciting.  So, we had our last practice of the season.  It was a mix of determination and some fun on the last practice.  We were also told tonight that the Phoenix competition was now going to be happening at Central Square as Phoenix’s field was deemed too hazardous to march on.  That was alright with me because it brought the competition closer to where I was going to be for my parade on Saturday.  We had a wonderful night and a good end to a semi-frustrating season.  I look forward to what’s ahead for the band.

I came home in my amazing car and went downstairs with my wife and we watched our usual T.V. shows together.

Let’s discuss Part 6 of Chapter 12 of “Star Wars:The Approaching Storm” by Alan Dean Foster…..

Chapter 12 (Part 6):  Luminara went to yell at Barriss, but realized she was already on the floor as well.  Anakin lay on the gorund too and Luminara began to realize that palaruvu was not only a nice fragrance, but was also a powerful sedative.  Luminara crawled to the door but failed to draw her weapon.  She looked over and watched Obi-Wan fall to his knees and she she noted that Bulgan and Kyakhta were out as well.  Anakin exerted an amazing amount of energy and stood and ran toward the door.  He expended so much energy on his way there that he had no strength left to attempt to open the locked door.  He reached for his lightsaber but fell to the floor unconscious as well.  Now, Luminara was the only conscious being in the room.  She thought about the trust that Baintu created by going through this with them just to poison them.  Then again, she also thought Baintu wouldn’t dare risk his own life.  She could not understand why the Qulun would do this.  Luminara fought to stay awake, but lost to the strength of the paluruvu.