‘Star Wars: Shatterpoint, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 18 (Part 7)

Sunday.  And what a day of “not rest” it was for me.  I really felt like I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut-off today!  I got up this morning and found out that Heather was now not feeling so well.  Apparently she was now feeling sick and was having the head cold I had earlier this week.  Evidently it was not my allergies but a head cold.  Interesting, because it behaved just like allergies.  Anyway, I managed to get the kids ready and headed off to church.  Today was an interesting day in church. Tara was supposed to sing, but Heather forgot about it and she joined the youth choir very quickly.  I was supposed to help out with sound, so I got a pretty good idea of how to run the sound board during the service.  They have a nice set up, but it will take some time for me to get used to.  And, the good news is the fact that they have four guys who are willing to run the sound for the church, so I won’t be the only one.  The entire service was jam packed with things to do.  It didn’t feel like church at all.  The kids choir sang, the adult choir sang, a children’s chat, and communion, so the entire sermon was only about ten minutes long.  I felt robbed in a way!  We got done with church and my mass chaos ensued.  The girls headed to Sunday school and communicants class and I took off with Heather and Austin to home.  I got home and Austin changed quickly into his football uniform and then he and I took off for the Johnson City field while Heathter took a nap becasue she was feeling ill.  I drove toward Johnson City and found out the State D.O.T. decided to move the traffic on the way back toward the city down to one lane.  So, I had to take Harry L. Drive and go back toward Vestal and through the city and over to Port Dickinson.  Because of this detour, I was now under the gun to get the girls on time.  I raced back to church, picked them up and took them to the house.  I got to the house and the girls changed and we headed out (with Heather now) to football/cheerleading and the kids’ game.  The team played well, but unfortunately, the refs called the game for them.  I actually saw a ref call intentional grounding on a pop warner football team today!  If that’s not ridiculous, I don’t know WHAT is!  We got done with the game and Heather had to stop at Wendy’s to get some things from work.  We were going to eat there, but Heather decided she wanted to get away from work because her boss is turning into a complete jerk!  So, we left and went to Arby’s and got some food there. We then went home.  I found out when we got home that zazzle had shut down my TJCS store, so I decided I was no longer doing a store for “The Jedi Council Speaks”.  It’s a bummer, but it had to be done.  I then went downstairs and crashed because I was exhausted by this point.  I woke up in time for dinner and ate with the family and then worked on my blog and started to catch up on things for the week, including putting together the powerpoint presentation I need to have done for this week Thursday’s workshop.  I figured I need to get it done by tomorrow so I can start to make some copies of the slides for the attendees.  Heather and I started to watch our normal shows tonight (“Amazing Race”, “Cold Case”, and “The Unit”) while I taped Fox.  Then, my extremely busy day got extremely crappy!  As we were watching “The Unit”, my nice 52″ T.V. made a pop sound and the picture went dead.  The icon on the front went red which means the light bulb went dead.  I figured, no big deal, we’ll just check ’em online.  Crap!  They cost $239!!!!  HOLY CRAP as Frank from “Everybody Love’s Raymond” would say.  So, Heather said we were still under warranty from Rent a Center, so she said she would call tomorrow.

Okay, so enough about my day, let’s talk about Part 7 of Chapter 18 of “Star Wars:  Shatterpoint, A Clone Wars Novel” by Matthew Woodring Stover…..

Chapter 18 (Part 7):  The Jadtha-class landing craft abandoned by the “Halleck” were modified to carry sixty full outfited troopers apiece.  They were a simple design, and cheap to build, but could take quite the beating when it came to a physical punishment.  They did, however, lack hyperdrives and traded strong durability for their inability to maneuver.  The only weapons on the ship were a pair of dual laser turrets and a Ankyard Caltrop 5 chaff gun, which shoots slivers of durasteel through space like balls from a shotgun.  The landers learned early on, that the Caltrop 5 was massively effective against the droid starships that traded armor for maneuverability.  When the “Halleck” left for hyperspace, it left behind nineteen landers, along with 977 clone troops including pilots and gunners.  The only flanking support left by the ship were five retrofitted Rothana HR LAAT/I gunships.  Although a formidable escort, only sixteen landers and three gunships made it into the atmosphere.  Sixty-four droid starfighters also followed them in.  By the time they reached the Korunnal Highland, only fourteen landers remainded pursued by fifty-eight starfighters, but no more gunships were left to escort them.  When they finally reached the Lorshan Pass, there were only twelve landers left, pursued by forty starfighters.  Comin in to intercept, were three more wings of starfighters…..

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