j a n u a r y 2 0 1 6 A L I V E E A S T B A Y 19 could shake me from my “All things Star Wars” monthly agenda. June—The start of summer and a good time to get cracking on my summer reading list. There are about a million Star Wars books available to read. Just the Jedi Apprentice series alone has 20 volumes: The Rising Force, The Dark Rival, The Hidden Past, The Mark of the Crown, The Defenders of the Dead, The Uncertain Path, The Captive Temple, The Day of Reckoning, The Fight for Truth, The Shattered Peace, The Deadly Hunter, The Evil Experiment, The Dangerous Rescue, The Ties That Bind, The Death of Hope, The Call to Vengeance, The Only Witness, The Threat Within, Special Edition #1: Deceptions, and Special Edition #2: The Followers. Once I’m done with this series, I plan to start in on The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi. July—Like every soon-to-be 54 year old, I plan to have a Star Wars themed birthday party with all my friends, where we’ll all dress up like their favorite SW character. I, of course, will be Hans Solo. I may even invite my arch nemesis and least favorite co-worker to the party just to play the role of the evil Kylo Ren. I have seven months to teach my dog to walk on his hind legs in hopes of playing Chewbacca. August—Summer vacation is just about over. No more star gazing at outdoor sleep outs. No more lightsaber battles with flash lights crammed inside an empty holiday wrapping paper role. No more spending days watching Star Wars marathons in a blackeneddown play room imagining we’re battling Darth Vader for space supremacy. I didn’t mean me doing this type of stuff. Why would you think it’s me? It’s just an example of what some kids might be doing before school starts up again. September—Back to school. Even young Jedi Knights had to go to Rebel Alliance school before they could unleash the Rebel Fleet (kind of like their football team) on the Dark Side at the second Death Star stadium. I just hope that the current line-up of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron can ball like the old guys. Don’t be so quick to rush to judgement. You don’t know me! October—Halloween, hello? You get three guesses what I’ll be dressed up as—and C-3PO would be wrong. If anyone guessed Jabba the Hutt you just hurt my feelings. I actually lost three pounds in 2015. I’m already building my BB-8 robot friend to accompany me to all the cool parties we’ll be invited to this year. November—Our wedding anniversary. Refer to birthday party ideas in July. December—Santa Skywalker and Princess Leah Claus will be spreading Christmas cheer throughout the universe during the month and that’s the approach I’ll take. My mission will be to share holiday greetings and Ewok cheer throughout the universe or at least the Tri Valley.
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