Archive for November, 2007

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 23 (Part 2)

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

Friday.  It is the end of the week and I have to say it was quite a busy day for me both today and tonight.  So, let me start from the top and work my way down.  I started my day off as I always do.  I got the kids up and got them ready for school.  This morning was a little tighter as Ruth forgot to make lunches for everyone last night, so she was under the gun to get lunches made for everyone so there was a little stress this morning, but we made it through.  The kids got to the bus stop and Ruth realized she had forgotten her instrument, so I waited in my car until she came back and was late on my way to work.
I made it to work with about five minutes to spare before kids came into the school.  That’s okay because I did some leg work yesterday and was ready when I walked into my classroom to start class already.  I explained to my eighth grade classes about their assignments and yet again, I had a massive amount of complaints about the fact that they had to find a song without swear words in it.  It just seems to be a fight every quarter.  I don’t understand why it has to be so hard for them, but they make a big issue of it as well.  It was a busy day with a lot of the day spent in the library finishing research for the video and the podcasting projects.  The sixth graders really got into watching American Idol and I think I’m really making them think about the show.  Especially when I revealed to them today that contestants on the show go through a minimum of five sets of judges before they even go on camera.  So how do some of these people end up on T.V.?  That’s one of the rhetorical questions I ask my students to get them to think about this subject.
Anyway,  good day was had by all and we finished with that and I took off as soon as school let out.  I had a lot to do at home tonight to get ready for tomorrow.  Tonight I came home and finished with my editing for my podcast and got it all back together.  I took the rest of the evening getting my podcast up and running and ready to go for this episode.  I will have the show out by tomorrow morning barring any major catastrophes.  I spent the entire night working on the project and really didn’t do much else.  I can’t wait for this one to be on the boards so that I can focus on other things.
Okay, let’s talk about Part 2 of Chapter 23 of “Star War:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 23 (Part 2):  As they got back from their expedition, Kav noticed that there were no cries of despair for the fallen captain and asked Doriana what happened and he said he didn’t have an opportunity.  Kav was upset and Doriana offered that if he wanted, he could kill a military commander in front of his troops.  Kav insisted that Thrawn must die as he already knows too much about them.  Doriana insisted there was never going to be an opportunity, and Kav said they have to make an opportunity and put a small blaster in his hand.  Doriana told Kav to let him do it on his own time and to not hover on top of him to get him to act.  Kav asked where Thrawn was now and Doriana said he took Car’das and were on their way to see the admiral.  That’s when Doriana realized that not only would Thrawn have to be dealt with, but so would Car’das…..


‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 23 (Part 1)

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

Thursday.  Although I didn’t have help getting the kids ready for school this morning, it wasn’t a bad morning altogether.  The kids got themselves together and I have to say they have really gotten back into the swing of things at the house.  I think it’s simply because they had a little bit of a break from school.  They got themselves together in record time and found out that if they do so, I’ll let them watch the “Today” show with me for a little bit, which I believe was a motivational tool for them.  We headed off to work and school and Heather even seemed to be in a pretty good mood this morning.  It’s nice when everything starts to run smoothly.
I got to school and set things up for my first day of music history.  I really do like teaching music history and I think my kids enjoy learning about it because of my interest in teaching it.  Today went pretty well in my classroom and students asked about what we would be doing tomorrow.  I explained to them about the music video and music podcasting projects and explained to them that tomorrow we would do research and they would learn more about it then.  Overall, a good day of teaching/learning.  I was happy and I think they were too.
I got home and spent some time helping my kids with homework.  I helped Heather get dinner together and we all ate dinner together.  We then ate dinner as a family.  After dinner I went downstairs and continued to do some recording and editing for the podcast.  I told Heather that I was determined to get this one out on time considering that I have an interview with Chris Macht on it!  I spent the rest of the night in the basement working on both my podcast and my blog.  I still am behind on the blog and have made it my mission to get it caught back up.  I didn’t really watch any T.V. and just worked on Star Wars stuff.  I got done around midnight and went upstairs and joined Heather, who was already asleep.
Okay, so let’s talk about Part 1 of Chapter 23 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 23 (Part 1):  Three hours after the battle had ended and Car’das’ sheer boredom had kicked in, he heard a tapping on the hull side of his bubble.  As the door was propped open, the vacuum of space rushed in, and shoved hi out inot the corridor.  Suddenly he was shoved back into the bubble and an oxygen mask was pushed into his face.  Thrawn asked him if he was okay and Car’das said he was and then he asked Thrawn if the plan worked, and Thrawn said that it did.  Doriana was surprised that Car’das was on this Vagaari ship and asked what he was doing there and Thrawn said he was luring them into Thrawn’s attack as the Chiss do not engage in pre-emptive attacks.  So Doriana then put together the concpet that the story of Car’das being a spy was a cover-up and Thrawn went on to explain that it was to protect Admiral Ar’alani, who was now taking the Geroons back ot their homeworld.  Car’das asked what happened to Outbound Flight as he saw the droid starfighters go after it.  Thrawn said they had to go farther then he had hoped to and Car’das asked how far and Thrawn said they’re all dead.  Doriana explained there was no other choice as C’Baoth was Force Choking Thrawn.  Car’das asked if Thrawn offered for them to just leave and Doriana said he offered more than once and said if it makes Car’das feel better, he pushed the button that destroyed Outbound Flight.  Car’das asked if they were sure there were no survivors and Doriana said they used radiation bombs, so it was unlikely, but they haven’t physically been onboard yet.  Car’das said the Neimoidians must be happy as they got what they wanted and Doriana said he was content…..

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 22 (Part 13)

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

Wednesday.  And it was going to be another hectic one at that.  Heather and I are trying to figure out how all of a sudden everyone decided to put everything going on for the week on one night.  But hey, we really don’t have much control over that.  I got up and got the kids going for the day and reminded Ruth about having her instrument for band as her concert was coming up soon and it was important for her to have her things with her.  Heather had her first Wednesday off for the first time in a long time.  She has plans to do Jackets for the seamstress she works for.  So, I had some help this morning getting the kids ready for school and it was a welcome help that I don’t get too often.  It was a nice change.
I got to school today and got things ready for my first day of instruction on keyboards and recorder.  Of course, it was interesting.  Most of my kids gripped and complained about having to work again.  I sometimes get the impression that in other classes that if they don’t want to work, they simply put down their pen or pencil and don’t do it.  I tell my students that they need to follow the Yoda rule, “Do or do not, there is no try”.  Then I tell them that they need to try their best and if they do that then they will be surprised at what they can succeed at.  It works for some kids and others just think I’m trying to be corny, which I’m really not.  I’m just trying to be supportive.  My day went as I expected, and when the day ended I had a bunch of work to get done.  Once the last bell rang, I hung around and graded papers before SMASH rehearsal.  The first few workbook pages are looking pretty good from these classes, so I’m looking forward to grading more papers as I think they will all do their best in my class.  We’ll have to see what they look like two weeks from now when we’re close to Christmas break.
After I got done grading, I headed off to SMASH and the director told me and the kids that we are going to be doing a tour of the elementary schools again this year.  I just hope we get better crowds than last year.  Last year we would have concerts and we would be lucky if we attracted thirty people.  Some of that I blame on the PTSA’s for not advertising very well and other times it just seemed to be bad timing.  Let’s hope we get it right this time around.  We’re talking about doing it on Friday nights between February and March.  We’ll have to see.  But, with that in mind, it appears the students seem motivated again to work on projects and get ready for something.  I really do think it matters when you have a goal in mind.  I got done with SMASH and raced home and met Heather in time to ride with her to take the girls to Girl Scouts.  On our way home, we stopped at Arby’s and got some dinner.  We ate dinner at home and then went out and picked the girls back up by eight o’clock and came home.  The kids went to bed and Heather and I crashed in the basement watching our usual T.V. shows.
Okay, time to talk about Part 13 of Chapter 22 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 22 (Part 13):  The vibrations from the attacked Dreadnaughts stipend and Pressor wondered if the battle was over.  Lorana reached out with The Force and sensed nothing from above and said it was definetly over.  Jorad Pressor asked if they cold go back up and Lorana suggested they wait for a little bit as there was probably a massive amount of clean up going on.  the one elderly male suggested they go back to the Jedi school and Uliar siad they’d probably be locked in, but Lorana insisted they would not and even offered to use some debris to prop the door open.  As they walked back, Uliar asked Lorana what the real damage was and Lorana said she didn’t sense any life uptop.  He asked if she could be wrong, but she doubted it.  Uliar said there may be soem survivors she can’t sense and Jinzler agreed, but said that since the turbolift cars won’t come, there is a rift in the space vacuum somewhere.  She said they’ll hae to wait till the droids finish he repairs and Uliar said that could take several hours.

‘Star War: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 22 (Part 12)

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

It was Tuesday and it was back to the grind.  I got up my usual time this morning and got the kids clothed, fed, and ready to go for the day.  It’s gonna be weird having a full week of school after not having one for the last few weeks, but I look forward to the challenge.  Luckily the kids were ready to go this morning and I agree with Heather’s decision to put them to bed early last night and have them get everything together last night.  Too bad we don’t have enough time to do that every night.
I got to school this morning and got everything prepped for the day.  We worked hard in our workbooks, but the one class that has been misbehaving just took a turn for the worse today.  I had to actually remove a student from class today and I threatened to remove another.  I think we’ve just taken a step from bad into obnoxious by talking about inappropriate topics in class and they don’t seem to care that I’m standing right there.  One of the students even told me that I need to “ligthen up” because they talk about these topics all the time on the street and this school is full of “tie wearing stiff shirted adults”.  Interesting they look at us this way and it concerns me more about what those students are going to be like in the workplace.  I try to guide them to behave appropriately, but this discussion today just confirmed to me that we don’t get any backing outside the school to reinforce appropriate behavior.  Anyway, it was a little bit of a rough day, but I made it through.
I got home and told Heather I needed to lock myself in the basement and do some more recording for my podcast, so while she made dinner she was nice enough to take care of the kids so I could record for my podcast.  I got quite a bit done, probably about an hour’s worth of podcast recording done before the night was over.  While I did that, the kids worked on homework and Heather cooked.  We came together and ate dinner and the kids cleaned up while Heather and I retreated to the basement.  She continued sewing while I worked on editing more of my podcast.  When the kids finished, they put lunches together and got ready for bed while Heather and I watched our usual Tuesday night T.V. shows.
Okay, it’s time to talk about Part 12 of Chapter 22 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 22 (Part 12):  C’Baoth had not noted the continued affect of the wave after wave of droid starfighters.  He stayed concentrated on the bridge of “The Sprinhawk” and Thrawn was still dying.  Doriana came to the conclusion that C’Baoth was hidden away in Outbound Flight if this attack wasn’t affecting him.  Then an odd formation caught his eyes using those droid starfighters that had the strange cylinders connected to them.  There were ten pair of them heading at Outbound Flight at full speed.  The droid starfighters each punched their way inside the Dreadnaughts using the holes that were punched through the hulls.  Then a bright blue burst blew out from the windows of Outbound Flight.  Suddenly, Thrawn let out a gasp of air and fell forward onto the deck of the ship.  Thrawn managed to let them know he was okay and Doriana said he thinks they killed C’Baoth, but Thrawn corrected him saying they killed all of them.  Doriana said that was impossible, but Thrawn explained tha they were a dangerous weapon that once inside a ship’s hull explode into a wave of radiation.  Doriana grimaced and Thrawn then explained that they were intended for use against the Vagaari ships not Outbound Flight.  Doriana said he understood, but Thrawn broke in again saying they would have to fight the Vagaari on thier ships in hand to hand combat.  He also pointed out that some warships and civilian ships have escaped which will give the Vagaari the chance to escape and attack this part of space again.  Doriana apologized again, and Thrawn said he just wished he had better control over this battle.  Kav asked what happens now and Thrawn said they board the Vagaari ships and liberate the Geroons from their bubbles.  Doriana nodded and thought to himself that everyone on Outbound Flight had to have died.  Then he remembered what Kav had said earlier about Thrawn.  Kav insisted Thrawn would have to die.  Doriana asked if he could observe the Chiss warriors in action and Thrawn agreed to the idea and told Doriana he will find it informative…..

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 22 (Part 11)

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

Monday.  I’m exhausted from last week and the weekend.  I’ll be honest, this wasn’t much of a vacation for me.  To make matters worse, I spent almost all of my weekend in a car and I am just not a fan of the idea of being couped up in a car all day long like that, but it happened three times this weekend which made me hate driving even more.  It was a little awkward to get up without he kids this morning.  Heather and I both got up at my usual time this morning and she decided to cook me breakfast which was a nice touch.  I had some eggs and grits before heading off to work and I have to say it was nice and relaxing having just her and I in the house together.  I guess this is what my life will be like twenty years from now when (hopefully) all of the kids have moved out of the house.  After my nice relaxing morning, I headed off to work.  I felt bad for Heather because she had to get in the car again and head off to Rochester.
Work went okay this morning.  My students were definetly NOT awake this morning and I think they were just wiped out as much as I was.  But, I summoned on my powers of energy and really tried to relay that to my students.  Today was also the first day that I played Tuba with the band during lunch.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll have to be in the auditorium for the next three weeks to get ready for the concert during my free time.  It’s hard to believe that the concert has snuck up on us that fast!  I continued to bring equipment in the auditorium today for the sound system and I told Rob that I would have all the equipment set up by the end of this week barring any major problems.
After a long day at work, I got home to an empty house.  I half expected it, and I have to say it was odd to have such an empty house yet again.  But, after an hour, my kids came home and took care of all of that.  They were so excited about being at grammy and papas on their own and I got the lowdown on everything they did while they were up there.  Once Heather got home we started dinner and all ate dinner together.  We decided not to take Austin to Boy Scouts tonight so that we could give him a chance to get to bed early as they all seemed tired after coming home, which I could understand.  Tomorrow would be a long day for them and Heather as they would all get back to their routines again.
Okay, let’s talk about Part 11 of Chapter 22 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 22 (Part 11):  As the droid starfighters contineud to push their attack on the Vagaari, they suddenly stopped  their attack and moved out.  Car’das used his microbinoculars and noted that the surviving Vagaari ships were making their way to the edge of the grav projector field.  Car’das wondered if the droid starfighters ran out of fuel, but then he realized they were all running away from the Vagaari and toward Outbound Flight.  Not only were the droid starfighters attacking the Dreadnaughts with lasers and torpedoes, but they were slamming into the hull of the ships at full speed as well.  That’s when Car’das realized that the starfighters were not trying to get through the hull of the ship, but to make dents where the interior blast doors were.  With the doors warped close, the other starfighters could open the Dreadnaughts to space and there would be no way to repressurize the ship…..

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 22 (Part 10)

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

Again, not much to talk about today.  Heather and I got up fairly late this morning and didn’t check out of the hotel until about noon.  We left and decided we would make a casual drive back up to New York.  Somehow, we missed a turn-off to go back to New York through Pennsylvannia, so we decided just to hit 17 and take that up through the Livingston Manner area.  We enjoyed a nice drive up through the country side, but were trying everything we could to keep each other awake.  We decided to stop just outside Poughkipsee (I don’t think that’s how you spell that) and got some lunch and stopped at a local Wal Mart.  We got some Christmas CD’s including the soundtrack to “Elf” and Harry Connick Jr.’s latest Christmas album with the song “The Happy Elf”, which I love!  Anyway, I also managed to find two Star Wars figures I couldn’t find anywhere around Binghamton and picked those up.  I know it’s a risk as my mom may get them for me for Christmas, but if she does, I’ll just return them and get ones I don’t already have.  We got back on the road and listened to Christmas tunes the rest of the way home.
We got home around four o’clock or so and decided to just go right out and get some dinner, so we went and got some Taco Bell (I was in the mood) and came home and relaxed and ate dinner.  We unpacked a little and went to bed.  Heather wasn’t looking forward to tomorrow as she was going to be driving to Rochester and back while I was at work, and like me, she was sick of being in the car all weekend long!
Okay, let’s talk about Part 10 of Chapter 22 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..

Chapter 22 (Part 10):  The bridge crew pushed past Doriana and tried to get Thrawn away from the still ongoing attack, but to no avail.  Doriana wondered if C’Baoth may have been weakened by the Chiss attack, but he didn’t appear to be.  He wondered if he turned off the display if it would end the attack, but he didn’t know which switch.  Then Doriana found the red switch on Thrawn’s control board.  He flipped up the cover and pushed the button……

‘Star Wars: Outbound Flight’ – Chapter 22 (Part 9)

Posted in IC - Star Wars: Outbound Flight (7) with tags on November 24, 2007 by jedicouncil

Okay, I can’t talk too much about today as again, I have had people ask me not to mention them on my blog.  So, let me try to sum up the day in just a few sentences.  We headed to New Jersey for a wedding of one of Heather’s cousins.  We stopped in Binghamton on the way and dropped off a bunch of things my parents gave us for Christmas and to unload part of the car.  We then continued on our travels and visited a relative down there.  We went to the wedding and it was beautiful.  We then tried to find out hotel in Jersey and got lost.  Jersey sucks!  We found out hotel, got in late, went to the reception and ended up getting there late, but had a good time at the reception party and had way too much fun with a chocolate fountain.  We went to bed really late and were extremely exhausted!
Okay, that’s all I can say about today.  Oh, and I am still sick, but feeling a little better today.  Time to talk about Part 9 of Chapter 22 of “Star Wars:  Outbound Flight” by Timothy Zahn…..(and if you want to find out more about today, email me)

Chapter 22 (Part 9):  Lorana was heading down in the turbolift car when she felt a disturbance in The Force and realized what Master C’Baoth was doing.  As the turbolift moved down, she screamed “No!” at the ceiling as Lorana realized that in a vengeful rage, Master C’Baoth was suddenly turning to the Dark Side.  Lorana had never known a Jedi who had fallen, but now she has and suddenlty with the pain came a feeling of guilt.  She wondered if she could have prevented this as his padawan.  Should she have forced him to see what he was doing?  But now, it was too late.  then she convinced herself it won’t, and concentrated using The Force focused at D-1 and told C’Baoth he doesn’t have to kill someone.  But no response and it seemed as C’Baoth was convinced to continue.  the turbolift got to the bottom and Lorana knew it was too lat for C’Baoth but not for the trapped crewers.  She made her way tot the storage core and was going to do what she could…..