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January 1st is like a big giant Do-Over for every one of us. No matter how rosy or crappy the previous year was, New Year’s Day is our chance to spring out of bed and do it all over again—365 days of infinite possibilities. Granted, our days aren’t all going to be filled with rainbows and unicorns, but hopefully we’ll have more good ones than bad. I have decided that my philosophy for the New Year will be heavily influenced by the release of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Hopefully it will awaken a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year for your’s truly. The seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise or first release of the third trilogy opened on December 18th, 2015. Take this Wookie’s word for it, The Force Awakens will set every box office revenue record ever recorded in this world or one in a galaxy far far away. Even though we’ve never met, George Lucas and J.J. Abrams are kind of like my spiritual mentors in this journey, so the first thing on my “to do” list is to see the movie. January—Since there’s no way any normal person (a non Star Wars geek) is going to be able to get a ticket to the movie in December 2015, the month of January 2016 will be devoted to viewing what promises to be a cinematic masterpiece. Watching this mega block buster should provide me with some clarity and direction for the coming year. Once I see the film six or seven…teen times, the rest of the year will be on Millennium Falcon cruise control. A L I V E E A S T 18 B A Y j a n u a r y 2 0 1 6 My Star Wars New Year MICHAEL COPELAND February—On February 7th, the Super Bowl will be played at Levy’s Stadium in Santa Clara, but unless the Jedi Knights play the Galactic Empire, the game could easily be forgotten. Rumor has it that for Valentine’s Day, Cupid plans to wear an Imperial Strom Trooper costume this year and instead of a bow and arrow, expect him to be wielding a light saber. Love is in the “outer space” air. March—I totally plan on channeling my inner Yoda and trusting “the force” to guide my NCAA basketball picks this year. Last year, I was mathematically out of contention after the first day. Sadly, I was all-in with the Cal State Northridge Matadors, but that was because I didn’t have Yoda weighing in on my picks. Since monitoring my March Madness bracket is pretty much an all-consuming endeavor lasting the entire month, I hope my job doesn’t expect a lot out of me. April—Last year’s Star Wars Celebration 2015 took place at the Anaheim Convention Center and I missed it while touring college campuses with our oldest daughter over Spring Break. So, this year’s annual Spring Break travel adventure is to attend this year’s convention via a family road trip. Once there, I plan to network with my fellow Star Wars brothers and sisters in a supportive and embracing social environment. The wife and kids can go to Disneyland. May—The start of Baseball season might be the only thing that


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