Archive for May, 2007

‘Star Wars:Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 6 (Part 4)

Posted in IC - Star Wars: Outbound Flight (7) with tags on May 31, 2007 by jedicouncil

Thursday.  It’s almost the end of the week, and it just seems that I am so busy that I can’t even stop to breath.  In some ways, I bring this on myself though by volunteering for a whole bunch of things and never learning to really say no.  One of these days I’ll learn the word and my life will be happier and more joyous.

I got up and got going for the day.  I came to school and got ready for my day like I always do.  Today, my students did their last Music History lesson for the year and they fought me a little on the lesson, but overall it went okay.  There wasn’t much to my school day today, but I was still tired, so I came home and took a nap with Heather.  We then got dinner ready and got ourselves and the kids ready.  We had to be at choir rehearsal at seven o’clock at a church in Endicott for rehearsal.

When we got to choir rehearsal, we settled ourselves in and got the kids ready to sit in the lobby while we rehearsed in the sanctuary.  While we were doing this, we ran into John from church and I ran into two of my students from the Vestal Marching Band.  I didn’t have too bright of an outlook on the situation when I came into it only because none of us had gotten the opportunity to see the music in advance of the rehearsal.  It would have been nice to have that opportunity, but they never gave us a chance.  So, how did we all learn the music?  By rote.  I’m not a big fan of rote teaching music, but I suppose that when you’re dealing with that many people you may need to do that.  But I still argue that since most of these people are from church choirs, then they read music and should be able to handle practicing the music at home.  It’s just a thought.  However, even with the semni-negative attitude I had toward rehearsal, it still sounded pretty amazing.  I’m not sure what I’m amazed with more:  the fact that people picked up on the song so quickly, or the fact that there were about two-hundred people singing together in this sanctuary that could barely contain us.  In either case, it was a pretty awesome experience.

We got done with rehearsal and my wife decided she wanted to do some shopping at Wal Mart since we were on that side of the city.  So, we headed over to that side of the city.  Heather got shoes for her and the girls and Austin and I went and cleaned out Wal Mart on their comic book packs since they were still ringing in at a little over two dollars a piece.  Unfortunately, there was only one left.  But hey, I’m always up for cheap collectibles!!  I then reminded Heather that it was now almost ten o’clock and the kids were still up.  So, we quickly got out of the store and headed home.  Heather and I stayed up for a little bit once we got home, but then headed right to bed as we knew that tomorrow was going to be busy.

Okay, let’s talk about Part 4 of Chapter 6 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 6 (Part 4):  As they took the ten minutes to walk to the Petameene District, Obi-Wan kept his eyes open hoping to find Riske in the crowd.  Obi-Wan reminded Anakin that they were just here to look around as Anakin moved ahead a little bit.  Lorana was surprised that he would let his padawan go out of sight like that and said C’Baoth, because of his experiences with training, would never do that.  Obi-Wan implied that maybe C’Baoth was too demanding and Lorana said she wouldn’t categorize him in that way.  Obi-Wan said of course not, even though he knew Anakin felt the exact same way about him.  Lorana said she wondered if she would ever please Master C’Baoth.  Obi-Wan reminded her tht when she matures into a Jedi Knight, she won’t have to answer to anyone, but will have to do what is right.  Lorana mentioned that if she can ever get at peace with herself, then she ay be as diplomatic.  As they continued to move silently through the streets, Obi-Wan continued to look through the crowd for Riske…..


‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 6 (Part 3)

Posted in IC - Star Wars: Outbound Flight (7) with tags on May 30, 2007 by jedicouncil

Okay, it’s Wednesday and I am still reeling from my weekend.  I say this not to complain because I knew what I was getting myself into, but to let you all know that if any of my typing or my spelling totally sucks, it’s because I’m so totally exhausted from trying to catch up on sleep.  Then, my wife reminded me that this weekend is going to be fairly busy as well because we are going to visit my grandmother in the Harrisburg area of PA this Sunday.  So much for one of my two days of the weekend!!

Anyway, I got up as I always do for school and got myself going for the day.  I got to school and managed to set things up for classes.  This day seemed to be going a little smoother than days in the past.  I think it’s because I’m starting to catch up on my sleep and I don’t feel as groggy in the morning.  My classes went well with the students and I was able to get much accomplished.  My students are now under the gun as the last days of school are coming on and you can feel the tension in the school and you can hear it in the teacher’s voices and see it in everybody’s body and appearances.  It’s like everyone is waiting for the “other shoe to drop”.  Anyway, I made it through my classes and came home.

Once I got home, I finished some planning on my new version of the old custom gauntlet (if that makes any sense) and then laid down to take another nap before dinner and marching band.  I had to if I was going to make it all the way through Marching Band without passing out.  I got up from my nap and ate dinner with the family and then headed out to marching band practice in Vestal.  Practice went okay.  Quite honestly, I drilled the students into the ground in several ways.  They did a lot of marching, they did a lot of playing and there wasn’t much time to stop and take a break.  I know others would say that I was probably pushing them too much, but Jim and I both feel that they need to work on their endurance so they won’t wimp out in the middle of the performance.  They did quite well and really didn’t start slacking on their performance technique until the very end of practice.  We got done with rehearsal and I started on my way home.

On my way home, I thought I would take a quick jaunt down to Wal Mart to see what they had for Star Wars toys and to see if they had the Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett figure yet.  I checked out their section, and as usual, their Star Wars section was wiped out.  It’s rather annoying that my Wal Mart won’t keep any selection around, but I’m going to be talking about that in my next podcast, so I’ll leave it at that.  Anyway, I noticed on the end of the aisle where the “Unleashed” figures were, that there was a new row where they had marked down the comic packs with figures down to less than $5.  Cool, I had enough cash on me to get one, but not quite enough to get two.  So, I picked up the two figure pack featuring Quinlan Vos and headed for the register.  When I went through the line, I got even more of a shocker put to me.  The comic pack rang in at TWO DOLLARS AND TWENTY SEVEN CENTS!!!!  I thought, no way!!  This has to be a fluke!  So, I ran back and grabbed the pack with Luke and Artoo and didn’t have anymore cash on me, but thought I would let Heather know.  The Luke pack rang in at the same price!!  WOOHOO!!!  Cheap Star Wars collectibles.  Can’t go wrong!!

I came home and apologized to Heather for being so late and explained why and then hung my comic packs on the wall above my original Marvel comics.  While I did that, we watched “So You Think You Can Dance” and then I graded papers and we all headed to bed.  Heather pointed out that we could stop by Wal Mart tomorrow as we will be on that side of the city for the Franklin Graham Choir Rehearsal.

Okay, let’s talk about Part 3 of Chapter 6 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn……

Chapter 6 (Part 3):  Obi-Wan had waited for Lorana on a bench acrossed the street from the Cantina.  Anakin had just finished his dinner when Lorana returned and gave Obi-Wan the whole story.  Kenobi concluded that according to Riske, Argente’s life was in danger but not from eh Jedi.  Lorana said that Riske was pretty ope about the situation and Anakin was surprised she thought that way.  Kenobi then commented that Riske simply looks at non -bounty hunters, like the Jedi, as amateurs.  Again Anakin was shocked.  Obi-Wan asked Lorana if Argente may be in danger.  Lorana replied saying that tensions are high because the Corporate Alliance wants to take full conrol of the mines.  Obi-Wan asked what hotel Argente was at and Lroana said it was called “The Starbright”.  Obi-Wan pointed out that Riske wasn’t heading toward the hotel, but that the hotel was in the Patameene District the bartender had mentioned at the cantina.  Obi-Wan suggested they help and Anakin was surprised that he would want to help someone from the Corporate Alliance.  Obi-Wan pointed out that the Jedi must protect life in all parts of The Republic.  Lorana became hesitant as she wasn’t sure that C’Baoth would approve of them messing with things.  Kenobi said they weren’t messing with anything, they were just taking a tour of the city.  How could they help it if trouble hit them?…..

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 6 (Part 2)

Posted in IC - Star Wars: Outbound Flight (7) with tags on May 29, 2007 by jedicouncil

Okay, it’s Tuesday and it was the first day of work for the week.  I woke up this morning and really didn’t want to get up.  I was totally exhausted!!  I think it’s going to take DAYS to get myself back into the grove of things again as far as sleeping.  Anyway, I decided I would get going a little late this morning and got up around ten minutes later than I normally would.  It’s amazing what a difference ten minutes can make in the morning!  I was rushing around the house and the kids almost forgot to make my lunch for me this morning.  Needless to say, even my kids were lagging a little this morning.  I got going so late this morning that I even forgot my keys on my way in to work and Heather had to come into school to drop them off.

My school day went okay.  My kids were not really in the “learning” mood as it were today.  A lot of that had to do with the fact that the band, chorus, orchestra, SADD, and Science Club members were not in school today for a field trip to Dorney Park.  So, I muddled through the school day with my kids and tried to pry them into working as much as I could.  Honestly, it was a miracle that I got anything accomplished with the students left behind!

I checked on some equipment that is supposed to be coming for my Mando Costume still today.  I’m supposed to have a personal amplifier coming to me that will give me the ability to talk in my helmet and have others hear me outside of my helmet.  I ordered it from and according to their website, I should receive it on Friday the first.  It would be nice as I would like to be able to install it into my helmet this weekend while I have my last free weekend for at least the next couple of weekends.

I got home today and was totally exhausted.  I actually went and took an hour long nap at the end of the school day today because I still am catching up on sleep from the weekend.  Heather napped with me since she had her overnight shift to work tonight.  We ate some dinner together and Heather took off for work.  That’s when my fun started.  I decided that I wanted to make my first modification to my Mando costume tonight.  I’ve gotten to that point in my costume making where I’m looking at my costume and asking myself, what can I do to make this costume cooler?  Well, over the weekend, Jeff managed to bring to us some LED’s on an electronic board that makes them blink.  They look really cool and I was looking at my costume and thought, huh, that would look really cool on my gauntlet that is hollow and I could put the battery compartment in the gauntlet and have the LED’s blinking on the top of the gauntlet.  So, tonight Heather went to Radio Shack to get me the two AA battery pack and I started working on the concept in design.  Once I got done with the design concept, I thought that I might as well start to execute the design concept.  So, I took my hollow gauntlet and started to hollow it out even more.  I sanded and dremmelled the gauntlet out to what I thought would be the right depth.  But, when I checked, it wasn’t going to work with the battery holder.  Huh, that’s a bummer, so it was back to the drawing board.

I did have plans of catching up on my blog tonight, but obviously that didn’t happen!  So, I was exhausted once I got done working on this stuff, so I went to bed around eleven o’clock or so and figured tomorrow is another day.

Okay, so let’s talk about Part 2 of Chapter 6 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn……

Chapter 6 (Part 2):  As Lorana spun to leave, she felt a sudden flicker in The Force and she pulled out her lightsaber in response.  She just missed getting hit by a spinning disk that then split into three.  Lorana quickly dispersed with the disks using her lightsaber, but was wrapped up from behind in the process.  The being that had ahold of her told her to take it easy as he just wanted to talk to her.  Riske told her that it’s not worth getting her head blown over, and reminded her that he already bested her once.  Riske asked her why C’Baoth had her following him.  She said that C’Baoth was not behind this and Riske asked if the Jedi at the Cantina were.  She told Riske that it was her idea to follow him, but the other Jedi were surprised that Argente would oversee these proceedings.  Riske told her that Argente was amazed to see C’Baoth here and information about other Jedi would surprise him as well.  He asked what side they were on and Lorana said they were neutral and Riske made an off-color comment about Naboo.  Then Lorana revealed that Palpatine had actually sent them to the planet, which really intrigued Riske.  Lorana asked Riske why he was here and he said he was here to keep Argente alive and warned her not to get in his way.  He left rather abruptly and she knew Obi-Wan Kenobi would not be happy about this run-in…..

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 6 (Part 1)

Posted in IC - Star Wars: Outbound Flight (7) with tags on May 28, 2007 by jedicouncil

Okay, it was Monday and for me it was a day to catch up on my sleep from the weekend.  I slept in until about ten o’clock this morning which is amazing considering the kids were up around eight o’clock.  But, my kids kept themselves entertained and didn’t but Heather or I while we slept in a little bit.  Heather got up a little earlier than me and started working on the pile of dirt in our front yard.  As soon as I got up, I got dressed and started moving dirt myself.  It was nice to be able to move that dirt from the front yard to the garden area that Heather has built in the back yard.  We moved piles and piles of dirt and I did it on a broken wheel barrow and the kids did it using some gallon buckets.  We worked for about two hours or so and finally moved all the dirt from the front of the house to the rear of the house.  We got done and came inside and ate a late lunch together.  Of course, there was plenty of food left over from our Celebration IVa weekend, so we had lots of good food to choose from.

We no more than finished moving the dirt and eating lunch till Heather had to leave with Tara to go to the Memorial Day Parade as she was going to march with the Girl Scouts.  While they were gone, Austin and Ruth moved the last little bit of dirt that needed to be moved and I took a nap downstairs in the basement where it was nice and cool.  I got up around two-thirty or so and started to clean up from the weekend while the kids did the last little bit of dirt moving for the afternoon.  I made them come in and get some water since it was such a hot day and just as they came in, Heather and Tara came home.  We all watched some T.V. together and then put together some dinner and ate that downstairs as well.  Our evening collided with watching “Star Wars Tech” and “Star Wars:  The Legacy Revealed”.

I hate to be so negative, but I have to say I’m very disappointed with both specials that were on the History Channel tonight.  Worse yet, everyone said these shows would debunk the “geeky” undertone of Star Wars and would associate Star Wars with the average person.  That really didn’t happen at all.  Instead, the specials resolidified the idea that Star Wars is geeky and even may have put us on a whole new level now.  First on was Star Wars Tech.  I was hoping they would talk about what products that have been invented since the inception of Star Wars and how they have been influenced by the movies.  Instead, they decided to go the other direction and be negative.  The entire special seemed to be about how to prove Star Wars technology to be bunk.  They tried to disprove all of the factions of Star Wars technology like a lightsaber, blaster, or even turning a barrel turn in space.  I thought it was ridiculous and didn’t put me in a good mood for the special to follow which was “Star Wars:  The Legacy Revealed.”

Who decided to compare Star Wars to already existing history?  That idiot should be shot!!  I understand that George Lucas was influence by the likes of Kurasawa and what-not and he “may” have been influenced by Greek and Roman Mythology, but some of the discussions they had in the show was stretching the expectations of Star Wars quite a bit.  I honestly wanted to hear more of the interviews.  More importantly, I want them to start talking about the Legacy of Star Wars.  How will Star Wars affect history?  NOT, how will history affect Star Wars, which is what is seems like “Star Wars:  The Legacy Revealed” is all about.  Honestly, for a first-time fan, this may be an okay introduction to Star Wars.  For already established Star Wars fans, this special SUCKED!!!  I bet my friend Scott Miller liked it or would like it over at  Anyway, once we finished watching the History Channel, we headed for bed because I was still exhausted from the weekend and I have classes starting tomorrow.

Okay, let’s talk about Part 1 of Chapter 6 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 6 (Part 1):  Lorana thought she would be stuck in life following overly fast people.  She followed Riske through the crowded streets of the town.  As she moved through the crowd, she realized she did not have Master Kenobi’s comlink frequency.  She knew she couldn’t interupt C’Baoth while he was in negotiations, but she could call the Jedi Temple, but when she tried to, she discovered that offworld communications were not working.  As two Brolfi blocked her path, she looked up again to find that Riske had vanished.  She tried reaching out with The Force, but could not sense him.  She realized that he could either have gone into one of the shops or into an alley.  She thought the alley was an obvious answer.  She took a chance on the alleyway on the right.  As she walked down the alley, she realized that this alley was cross-sectioned with another perpendicular alley.  Lorana put her hand on her lightsaber as she got to the alley cross-section.  She looked in all directions and found nothing, so she decided to head back to Obi-Wan Kenobi…..

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 5 (Part 4)

Posted in IC - Star Wars: Outbound Flight (7) with tags on May 27, 2007 by jedicouncil

Okay, it’s Sunday and my entire FanForce group got up around 9:30 this morning.  We started right off with breakfast and a movie as we started “Star Wars:  A New Hope” to start our day.  It was just myself, Karen, and Charles as they had all crashed at my house last night, so we started the movie without the rest of the group.  Around ten O’clock or so, Ian showed up with both his Mando and his Jedi costumes to join us for the day today.  We planned on getting into costumes and going outside to take pictures around one o’clock today.  We finished with “A New Hope” and I put in “Star Wars:  The Empire Strikes Back” and I soon realized that we had not heard anything from Jeff since he had to go home last night.  So, I gave him a buzz and asked if he could get himself away from the sale of his house today to see if he could join us for a pic.  He managed to be able to get away around noon, so we moved up the time for pics.

Around noon we started to all get into costumes and Jeff showed up for pics right around then and got into his Vader costume right around that moment in time.  While we changed, we continued to watch “The Empire Strikes Back”.  We then went outside and took some awesome pictures!!  We just had a blast, even though it was an awfully hot and humid day outside, we still managed to get some wonderful pictures of the group, including some great pics of Ian and I together in our Mando costumes.  Needless to say, Clan Falco was born today.  We then went inside and changed out of costume.  Jeff had to leave because he had a family portrait to get to.  Charles had to leave because he had to pick up his wife at the airport in Scranton, PA.  So, that left us with myself, Ian, and Karen.  We then finished up the movies and watched the last part of “The Empire Strikes Back” and then watched “Star Wars:  Return of the Jedi”.  When we finished with the movies, Ian decided to show us his Jedi costume.  I have to say, it’s pretty freakin awesome!!  He went outside in his Jedi costume and Karen and I took a bunch of pics and I even got a movie of Ian that I plan on “painting” on the lightsaber onto later on to see how it looks.

We came back inside and talked a little while Ian got out of his costume and Karen and I both looked at some items for costume ideas for later.  We then convinced Ian to watch the first Star Wars made for T.V. movie, “Ewoks:  The Caravan of Courage”.  Ian had never seen this show before because he lived in Britain when they were on T.V. and he missed them as a kid.  Needless to say, Ian had wished he had missed them as an adult.  I tried to convince him to watch the next Ewok movie, but he wasn’t interested.  He took the movie with him and said he would watch it later.  Basically, everyone left my house by five o’clock this evening and our “Celebration IVa” had ended.  It was a fun but tiring weekend and I know I’ll be reeling from this for days to come, but it was well worth it!!  Heather and I spent the rest of the night, napping and cleaning up from the weekend.  We have tomorrow and then I’m back to work on Tuesday, so we have a lot to get done in the next few days.

Okay, so let’s talk about Part 4 of Chapter 5 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 5 (Part 4):  Anakin asked what an enforcer does and Obi-Wan said anything that Passel Argente wishes.  Lorana guessed that he was playing the role of bodyguard since Argente was leading negotiations here on the planet.  This makes Obi-Wan believe these talks are more important than he first thought.  Obi-Wan asked Anakin to go get some nuts at the bar and this gave him an excuse to go over and eaves drop on Riske’s conversation.  The bartender mentioned something about the Patameene District and that was all Obi-Wan could catch.  The bartender and Riske got suddenly precautious at the sight of Obi-Wan and Anakin acted like a father and son arguing over how many nuts Anakin should eat.  As Anakin went to get up, he bumped an Aqualish’s hand, spilling his drink on him.  Obi-Wan apologized, but the Aqualish said that Anakin can speak for himself as he’s not a child.  Anger welled up in Anakin, but Obi-Wan put his hand on his padawan’s shoulder and told him to take it easy.  Obi-Wan told the Aqualish that they would buy him another drink to resolve the issue.  The Aqualish reached for his blaster while Obi-Wan prepared himself for attack.  Then, the Aqualish suddenly changed heart and said he wanted a large Likstro. Obi-Wan nodded to the bartender and he poured the drink.  As they walked away, Anakin pointed out that the Aqualish stiffed Obi-Wan.  As Obi-Wan went to lecture his padawan about the bigger picture, he abruptly stopped.  He realized that Riske was gone, and so was Lorana!…..

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 5 (Part 3)

Posted in IC - Star Wars: Outbound Flight (7) with tags on May 26, 2007 by jedicouncil

Okay, it’s Saturday and our Star Wars geek fest is continuing.  I got up around ten o’clock or so and got ready for the day.  Well, as ready as I can be.  I took a shower and joined Jeff, Charles, and Karen for a nice big breakfast prepared by my wife.  The big food for this meal was the coffee.  Charles got concerned when he didn’t see a coffee pot out in the open.  But, we got the brew going and it got us all going for the day.  Heather had a great breakfast that included eggs, waffles, sausage, orange juice, and corned beef hash, a great way to start the day!!  We waited while others got themselves ready and Charles and Jeff had decided they didn’t want to get a shower, so we simply left the house and went shopping.

We hit the stores and had a bunch of fun everywhere we went.  First we went to Toys R’Us.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Ralph Macquarrie Boba Fett, but they did have a bunch of Wave 3 figures from the 30th Anniversary line.  The one I saw that I had to get was the “Biggs” figure in his X-Wing costume.  Then I managed to find the “V-Wing” in the Titanium Series for my basement.  We also played around with some ideas for costumes.  We want to make a communications droid from the Death Star and figured we could just rebuild an RC Car to pull that off.  We also looked at some hovering helicopter type vehicles to use as potential probes that we could put up in the air for our Mando costumes.  We got done at Toys R’ Us and did a quick jaunt over to the mall to see if we could find the Boba Fett figure at Kay-Bee’s.  Of course, they had almost nothing at Kay’Bee’s.  So, we decided to move along.

The next stop was Target and we found very little there.  We did manage to find a Hailfire Droid, and I was very tempted to buy it.  But, I held back (I probably shouldn’t have) and decided to save my money for some miniatures for later in the day.  I thought we may play miniatures at my house.  I don’t know what I was thinking, because it never happened.  I guess I can commonly dream.  Anyway, we got done at Target and Charlie wanted to go to A.C. Moore’s.  No problem.  Like I ever hate going to that store!!  We got at that store and Charlie managed to come up with some ideas for a fake bomb for our Mando costumes.  So much so, that if Charlie pulls it off, I think it may look too real and get us into trouble.  Let’s just say that we’re all getting into our roles within our Mando Commando unit.  Maybe too much so.  Nahh!!!!  Anyway, we decided to run to Wal Mart and see what we could find there.  Sure enough, we got to Wal Mart and found a bunch of things that Charlie needed.  But, as always, my local Wal Mart had NOTHING for Star Wars toys.  I’m starting to get depressed about this as everyone else online seems to be bragging about their local Wal Mart and mine can’t seem to be getting rid of their Star Wars toys.  Or they have case upon case of Stormtrooper Unleashed packs and NO Wave 3 of 30th Anniversary figures.

We got done at Wal Mart and then headed down to “Family Hobby and Crafts” in Vestal.  Charlie was excited because one of his Warhammer figures that he painted years ago is still being highlighted at the cash register there.  I bought some Star Wars miniatures and we left.  On our way home, we realized it was going on three o’clock, so I decided to call Heather.  At this point we found out that Ian had stopped in and had to go to the wedding but would be back and Karen was already at the house spending some time with my wife.  Heather asked me to stop at Wal Mart and get some batteries for the kids’ squirt guns.  So, we made another quick stop to Wal Mart and headed right home afterwards.  Once we got home we decided that if we were EVER going to finally get through the movies, we’d better start watching the movies again.  So, while Charlie worked on his project of a fake pack of plastic explosives and I worked on some other projects like hanging my new Star Wars collectibles and what-not, we managed to watch “Star Wars:  Attack of the Clones”.  As we watched the movie, Heather made dinner and we all ate.  As the Clone Wars cartoons came on, we got a little distracted by other things and managed to talk quite a bit, but also watched the episodes.  Heather continued to work on her Padme dress and I have to say that it is going to look amazing once it’s put together and I really hope she decides to join us for events dressed in her dress.  All I need to do now is convert the kids and the circle will be complete (muhahaha!!!).  Anyway, we managed to stay up late enough to watch “Star Wars:  Revenge of the Sith” and then decided to go to bed around one in the morning on Sunday and decided we would wake up at nine tomorrow morning to continue watching the movies and finish up by tomorrow night.  We all agreed we would meet at my house at noon and take pictures in our costumes around one o’clock or so with the whole group.  Jeff ended up having to leave early tonight and we didn’t hear anything from him, so we’re hoping he’ll be here tomorrow at some point in time so we can get him into our pictures.  Well, I’m tired, it’s been a long day, and tomorrow brings on all the fun!!!

Well, let’s continue to geek out on Star Wars and talk about Part 3 of Chapter 5 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 5 (Part 3):  They all stepped into a cantina that didn’t look great, but had some good smells in the air.  As Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Lorana sat down; a WA-Z droid asked them what they want to eat.  They all ordered odd foreign alien food and Obi-Wan observed what Lorana looked like.  He noticed she looked like a wonderful Jedi, but that there was something odd about her as well.  Obi-Wan sais he’s never met a padawan of C’Baoth’s before and asked Lorana what he’s like.  Lorana diplomatically  answered saying that she can only hope to have a deep understanding  of The Force as he does.  Obi-Wan saysshe’ll be as good as she can be and Lorana says that there is a line of fullfillment that can be reached and Obi-Wan says that he does not believe that line exists.  Then a robot showed up with their drinks.  Obi-Wan observed his surroundings and looked at all the people in the bar, but one human by the bar caught his eye and he asked Lorana if she’s seen him before.  She said she saw hime at negotiations yesterday.  Obi-Wan identified him as Jerv Riske, former bounty hunter, and current enforcer for the Corporate Alliance…..

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 5 (Part 2)

Posted in IC - Star Wars: Outbound Flight (7) with tags on May 25, 2007 by jedicouncil

Okay, it was Friday, it was payday, and it was the beginning of Celebration IVa.  I was really excited when I woke up this morning.  Lots of good things were going to happen today.  I got to work early and watched a bunch of videos from Celebration IV in California before I started my day.  In some ways this made me depressed, but I knew that by tonight, I may be a little more excited.  Okay, I’ll be a LOT more excited!!  Anyway, my classes worked on their projects today.  We started taping and green screening for music videos for my eighth grade classes.  The one we’ve started is looking like it’s going to come out fairly good.  My sixth graders watched “Idol” and we got to the point where we ran acrossed Blake and Jordin in their auditions during “Idol’s” visit to Seattle.  Then my seventh grade classes started their podcasting using my personal podcasting equipment at school.  Overall, my school day went fairly well.

But, my day really started when I got home.  Once I got home, my wife had the house looking great and she had shopped all over the place for paper plates, food, and all sorts of goodies.  Just some awesome, awesome food!!  I got really excited about the night tonight.  Meanwhile, Heather was frantically working on her Padme dress.  That’s right, my wife has officially joined the Dark Side, she’s making her own Star Wars Padme dress.  I knew it would only be a matter of time.  Not only is she making the dress, but she’s starting to get anal about the dress.  That tells me that she’s really starting to turn into a Star Wars costumer.  Anyway, she then decided to stop for a while and work on food for the night.

We had all sorts of food.  We had taffy, gummy bears and worms, chips, dip, cheese and cracker tray, vegetable tray with dip, and all sorts of goodies.  We got everything ready and I hooked up my laptop to the T.V. to be able to watch online exclusives all night long.  While on the laptop, Ian IM’ed me and told me he was on his way over.  We started getting food out and FanForce members started showing up.  Ian and Karen showed up right around the same time and we started watching the C4 coverage of Celebration IV.  Of course, this really got us amped up for the night.  Not too long after, Jeff called and he was at our house about a half hour after Ian and Karen.  We were excited and just having fun, when out of nowhere, our friend from Rochester, Ryan Glitch, managed to make it onto the T.V. coverage of CIV.  Then, later in the episode to make the situation even better, Ryan managed to make it onto G4 as a finalist in the “sound like Chewbacca” contest they had on T.V.  Although Ryan didn’t win, we felt that he should have and poor Ryan watched as a girl next to him walked away with an exclusive Han Solo Kutibakuya (I think that’s how you spell it).  I then remembered that I had Ryan’s cell phone from trying to send him and Dean a microcasette recorder.  So, we called Ryan’s cell and we all harassed him and had fun just after he appeared on T.V.  It was just some great fun!

While watching some more of the coverage on G4, Charles called and told us he was running late from Scranton because of traffic and we told him not to worry.  We watched some more G4 coverage (which I also taped) and then Charles showed up with some beer and we decided to watch “Star Wars:  The Phantom Menace”.  We had a great time being all philosophical and stuff and then we started talking about all sorts of things.  We talked about the movie and of course everyone in the room mocked out Jar Jar Binks except for myself.  We also got to talking about our group and future projects we have planned including a Star Wars based B-Mets game and a Star Wars presence at the local Spiedie Festival and Balloon Rally which is one of the biggest local events around.  It’s going to be a fun summer for us.  And then, to top it all off, we’ll all be going to Dragon Con with our Mando costumes done (hopefully!).  It was a great night, but by the time we knew it, it was four-thirty on Saturday morning.  We joked around about the fact that we only got through one movie and realized we had a lot to do tomorrow.

The plan tomorrow was simple.  Ian has to go to a graduation and then play bagpipes at a wedding.  So, Charles, Jeff, and myself are going to go out Star Wars geek shopping while Ian does that and Karen goes home to do some work and laundry.  We agree that we’re going to meet at my house at about two o’clock or so and watch some more movies.  We’ll have to see how it plays out.  I’m totally exhausted, so I need to get a little sleep before this restless weekend continues.

Okay, to get set up for some Star Wars this weekend, let’s talk about Part 2 of Chapter 5 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 5 (Part 2):  Doriana watched the three of them leave, seeming upset and Kenobi and Skywalker being here, that was not part of the plan.  However, Doriana remembers Sidious being extremely upset at their involvement in the Naboo affairs.  Suddenly, Doriana’s comlink beeped.  A burly Barlok answered  on the other end and was upset with Doriana as negotiations had already begun.  Doriana pointed out that nothing is decided yet and asked if all has been prepared according to his instructions.  The Barlok, named Patriot, said almost, but wanted to know if Doriana had brough his “contribution”.  Patriot told Doriana where to meet and told him to bring his money.  Doriana looked at the time and figured he had plenty of time to take a leizurly stroll toward their rendezvous.  He debated about how to tie up Kenobi and knew he couldn’t do anything without Council approval.  He knew that with some play on the computer system, no communications would go into or come out of Barlok.  He turned on his computer and got to work…..