‘Star Wars:Republic Commandos – Hard Contact’ – Chapter 9 (Part 1)

What a Saturday!! I was exhausted by the end of the day and could barely keep my eyes open to even write this blog!!  Austin and I got up around six thirty this morning and got ready to go to the church to get in with our Scout Master’s van and go to Albany.  While we were going to Albany, my two daughters were doing something with their Girl Scout troop today as well.  We all met at the church around eight o’clock and got going.  We drove up to Albany and it took about two and a half hours.  The Scout leader and I got to know each other very well on our way up and back.  We talked about everything from polotics to teaching (as he is a teacher too) to being a father that cares about what our kids are doing.  We got to Albany around quarter to eleven just in time to meet the lady who was to do the tour for the capital building.  Except, she wasn’t there.  And, the door read “Mon-Fri 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.”.  This made his Scout leader nervous.  Were we wrong about the day and time?  Well, we waited for a little and a security guard came by and told us that the guide is normally a little late on the weekend.  Sure enough, five after eleven, she showed up. 

So, we took an amazing tour of the capital building.  It was a beautiful building, made of sandstone, marble, gold, and all sorts of expensive building materials.  Man, now I know where all my tax dollars are going!!  They’re doing all sorts of rennovations, upgrades, and cleaning that seems like it would be massively expensive to undertake.  But, I have to say the building is magnificent and I can understand why we’re called the Empire State.  We build our buildings like we’re the Roman Empire.  Austin thought everything was pretty awesome.  Right down to the giant Gargoyle that sits outside the Governor’s office that’s there to protect him from bad “vibes”.  We got done with our tour and headed over to the New York State Museum, had to pay $6 to get in, and headed up to the fourth floor and ate lunch at “Subway” by about one o’clock.  We got done with that and headed to the “tower” in Albany and went up to the observation deck where we looked over the city.  Honestly, for a state capital, Albany is small.  We got some great views from up there and had a bunch of fun looking at the sites.  We got done and went back to the New York museum.  Austin wanted to go to the 9-11 section with me, so we went in.  He really wanted to understand more about that day and what happened.  So, I walked him through what had happened and showed him the timeline of events.  He really wanted to understand the “why” of it all, and I tried to tell him that there are just evil people in this world that hate our country because we represent everything that is right and good in this world.

We met our leader at about three o’clock and headed for home in Binghamton.  We had some other great discussion talking about everything from football to what we had learned today about the history of New York State.  We got home just in time for Heather to go to work.  So, we pretty much passed each other at the door.  We ate dinner together and the kids watched some T.V. with me before we all went to bed out of sheer exhaustion.

Okay, let’s talk about “Star Wars:Republic Commandos – Hard Contact”, Chapter 9, Part 1 by Karen Traviss…..

Chapter 9 (Part 1):  “They look, walk, talk, and act like soldiers.  But they have no love, family, or happy memories.  When they get killed, I weep fro them more than any normal life.” – Jedi General Ki-Adi-Mundi. – Darman had Jinart against the wall with his blaster in her face.  Jinart said she meant no harm and Etain yelled to let her go because she’s a Jedi too, but Jinart interjected and stated she was not a Jedi, and asked Darman if he was willing to kill an old woman.  Darman said he would shot her because the enemy comes in all shapes and sizes.  Jinart looked at Eatin and said he was dependable then commented on his us of the DC-17.  Etain told Jinart that there are four of the Commandos and Jinart said she knew because she had been tracking them herself.  Darman asked if they were okay and Jinart said they were heading north and Darman said that would be RV Gamma and that’s when Jinart revealed that she was having a really hard time tracking the Commandos.  Jinart then turned into black marble textured goo adn Etain reached for her lightsaber as Darman remarked that they weren’t told taht the Gurlanin would be on this mission.  Jinart told him that she’s not Valaquil, but his consort.  Jinart turned into a four-legged, furry mammal.  Etain said she sensed The Force in Jinart and Jinart said that all Gurlanins are telepaths.  Jinart then explained that as telepaths, Gurlanins can only communicate with each other.  So Darman and Etain commented that they heard Jinart talking to them without seeing her and she responded saying that she can make a pretty convincing tree…..

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