Bed Time

I had a crummy nights sleep last night and the night before. I should have gone to bed two hours ago but what can you do? Looks like I’m in for crummy sleep again tonight.

But at least there’s a new WandaVision out tomorrow.

Sweet dreams, everyone!

2020 Recap is Coming

It may not be today, and it may not be tomorrow, but one of these days there will be a post with a photo a month from all 12 months of the shit show that was 2020. I was just perusing the Camera Roll on my Flickr account and I saw something that made me ask… is 2020 my fault?

Back in February Jen, Harry, and I all took a ride on the Millenium Falcon. Was this Disney Imagineering Magic dream come true so colossal that it required the entire universe to a pay a price in return? Did me taking a ride on the Falcon karmically cause the Covid-19 lockdown and all the shit that came with it? It didn’t cause Covid-19 because it was already running wild in other parts of the world, but did it cosmically open the door for the mess we have in the United States right now?

No. No it didn’t. It was pretty awesome though.

Perfect

It’s official. Season two of The Mandalorian is the best Star Wars story since Empire Strikes Back.

Oh my god the ending was perfect. Perfect, I tell you!

So Much Star Wars

I’m a few days late for this, but I’ve been reading up on some of the new Star Wars projects that Disney and Lucasfilm announced the other day. There is little to no info on most of them, so there’s not much to say, but here are a few thoughts.

Rogue Squadron. A stand alone movie that sounds like it’s probably related to the old video games and is directed by Patty Jenkins. Umm… TAKE MY MONEY!

An as yet untitled and still unwritten Taika Waititi film. No info at all. Thor Ragnarok was wonderful, but after seeing Jojo Rabbit, Lucasfilm can TAKE MY MONEY!!

Obi-Wan Kenobie. A Disney+ series staring Ewan McGregor AND Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader? I am more excited about this than all of the others. Imagine… if this is good it could erase a lot of the bad feelings left over from the prequels. Then again, it might require some serious retconing of the events leading up to A New Hope. I’m a little scared about that, but if it works it could be incredible. In short, TAKE MY MONEY!!!

Ahsoka. After about 6000 episodes of the Clone Wars and Rebels, our favorite animated Jedi Padawan finally made the leap to live action in The Mandalorian a few weeks ago and Rosario Dawsom absolutely nailed it. TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

Rangers of the New Republic. A story that parallels The Mandalorian. I wonder if it will center on the two X-Wing pilots we’ve seen this season. No clue, but TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!

Lando. Enough said, TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!!

Andor. This one is interesting. A Cassian Andor based spin off of Rogue One. I didn’t think I would be interested in this, and it’s been rumored (at least) for quite a while. Now that I see it spelled out, and knowing that it just went into production a few weeks ago, I realize I really want to see this. TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!!!

The Acolyte. We know it’s going to be a mystery series that will take us back to the High Republic. All good stuff. Then add that it’s coming from the creator of the Netflix show Russian Doll and this becomes really exciting (Russian Doll is fantastic, go watch it). TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!!!!

The Bad Batch, Visions and A Droid Story. Eh. Given the wildly spectacular success of The Mandalorian, I think my patience with animated Star Wars is pretty much run out. I’ll probably watch them, but mostly just because they will exist.

In summation allow me to make this blanket statement to the folks at Disney, Lucasfilm, and Disney+: TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WandaVision

Disney+ is releasing the second season of The Mandalorian on October 30th. At some point after that but before the end of the year we are getting a six episode run of WandaVision.

I wasn’t really interested in this but now that I see the trailer…. bring it.

Vacation

I live and work (and breathe and exist) in Massachusetts.  My step son lives with us half of the time and lives in New Hampshire with his father the rest of the time.  He goes to school in Dad’s town, not ours.  New Hampshire and Massachusetts hold their public school vacations in February and April on different weeks.  That’s why I completely forgot that this week was school vacation in Massachusetts.

I was driving to work this morning, thinking I left the house too late to get to the office on time, and I was kinda shocked at the utter lack of traffic jams.  There were a couple of notable slow spots, but nothing too infuriating.  The traffic was so light that I was actually weirded out.  Like, did something happen?  Should I turn on the radio to find out what’s going on?  Then it hit me… school vacation.  That glorious week where traffic problems magically disappear.  I literally let out a sigh of relief.  Oh hap-hap-happy day.

Normally the traffic is good during New Hampshire’s vacation week too, but not quite as good.  That won’t effect me this year though.  Why?  Because Jen and Harry and I are going down to Florida to spend Harry’s week off with our ol’ racist, possibly full on nazi, Uncle Walt.  We’re going to Disney World.

I may have written about this before but when I was a senior in High School my friend Damon was in a death metal band called Peanut Butter and Anarchy.  He wrote a song called “Mickey Mouse is the Anti-Christ.”  If I were to say that the lyrics to that song were brilliant, then I would be making an understatement the likes of which the English language has never before seen.  They weren’t brilliant.  They were brilliant times a thousand.  They were so far beyond brilliant that things that actually are brilliant looked like a fly buzzing around a lump of cow shit in a field somewhere in the mid-west.  The song was so popular with our little music department nerd sub-clique (or whatever it was) that when a local newspaper wrote a little blurb about possible cult activity at the high school we knew beyond any doubt that they were talking about us.  That’s why I still to this day think of a trip to Disney World as going to worship.

We’re getting close to the point where we need to start packing bags.  I just looked at an extended forecast for Orlando and the current prediction is for temperatures ranging from the high 60’s to the mid 80’s.  That’s shorts weather for sane people, but for me it’s jeans and a t-shirt weather.  The resort we’re staying in has a pretty epic pool so I’ll need a bathing suit, though my personal swimming mode of choice is more like boiling myself alive in a hot tub.  We’ll pick up sunscreen at the resort and I’ll want to wear a baseball hat and shades for the sun.  I’ll need my CPAP machine, unfortunately, and my laptop with some air travel entertainment downloaded.  I’ve spent so much time on music this month that I’ve fallen behind on every show I watch (except Star Trek: Picard.  I’m hanging on literally every word in that show, and hey it’s Seven of Nine!).  Other than that (and a tooth brush and some deodorant, oh yeah and my camera), I think I’m good.

I am pretty bummed that Disney World chose the month of February to close down the best ride in Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain (of course).  They couldn’t have done that in March?  Jerks.  Let’s be real though, this trip is not about Magic Kingdom.  It’s not about Epcot.  It’s certainly not about Animal Kingdom.  It’s all about Hollywood Studios.  It’s all about Galaxy’s Edge.  It’s all about Rise of the Resistance.

I

Can

Not

Wait!!!!

I want to absorb every single inch of the Star Wars experience that is Galaxy’s Edge.  I want to delight in every spec of dust.  If it’s in Galaxy’s Edge then I want to do it.  I want to build a droid.  I really, really want to build a light saber (even though its insanely expensive).  I want to ride in the Millennium Falcon.  I want to do whatever Rise of the Resistance does.  That one I bet I am going to want to do over and over again.  I just looked up wait times.  Smuggler’s Run is 120+ minutes.  Rise of the Resistance is closed.  Well thanks for putting the fear of the Dark Side into me, you god damned Mouse!!!  I don’t actually know if that ride takes walk ups so maybe they just don’t report wait times.  If it is closed right now I’m sure it’s a temporary maintenance thing.  Disney rides go off line all the time.  You just wait a little bit and they open back up.  That’s all this is.  It just happened to be happening while I am sitting here gushing with anticipation… jerks.

Anyway, Jen and Harry have a pretty solid itinerary set out for us, including at least one Hollywood Studios rope drop which will hopefully get us into Rise of the Resistance with a minimum of torturous waiting.  I am really looking forward to it.  I’d just be happy to take a week off of work and check out from reality for a few days, but if I get to play with life sized Star Wars toys as I do it then hell yes let’s do it!

I’ve been going to the gym a lot this month.  Not regularly enough, but I’ve been getting there.  I slacked badly last week but I won’t this week.  As I’ve written here before, I don’t do a lot when I’m there, just 15-20 minutes of walking on a treadmill.  I’m just trying to practice for the miles of walking I’ll be doing next week.  Every little bit helps, I hope.  I went last night and I am going tonight.  I should be good tomorrow too (fingers crossed).  Friday will be tough, unless I go around midnight.  I might just do it.  We’ll see.

2.5 work days left to go.  I am out of my mind with all the antici-

 

 

 

 

-pation.