Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday Scribbles Vol 30

Happy Saturday my friends.

There's a movie coming out in December that I'm pretty excited about. This movie had its first official trailer released on Monday during Monday Night Football. Not that I watched it. I mean, football? Me? You've got to be kidding me! But anyway, the movie is the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Immediately after the trailer came out, it broke the Internet. Seriously. Advance ticket sales caused the Internet to break down. It's rather funny really.

You see, I'm one of those people who grew up watching the original trilogy. I didn't see New Hope or Empire in the theaters until they were re-released in 1997-ish. But I remember seeing Return of the Jedi in the theaters. I fell in love with Wicket. For years, probably around sometime in junior high, my brother and I would have a Star Wars marathon on Christmas Eve. We'd end up finishing them on Christmas Day. I don't know how or why we started it then, but we did. This lasted through most of college for me.

I saw all three of the prequels in the theater. My brother & went on Opening Day for Phantom. Then we took Mom again later. Then I tagged along on midnight releases for both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The Revenge of the Sith was especially memorable. Every screen at the theater we were at showed it. And it was like one big party. I remember my theater having light saber duels, $1 hotdogs, $1 drinks, and random trivia. Plus the people dressing up in costumes. One of my friends had gotten to the theater very early. And then the rest of our group would show up and join him in line as we got off of work. When the movie finally let out around 3 am, trying to leave the parking lot was like waiting to leave a sporting event or a concert. I think it took me about an hour or so to get home AFTER the movie let out.

I'm older now. I won't be seeing the midnight show. I doubt I'll see it on Opening Day. I will see it though. Probably during one of the days I'm off before Christmas. Because, it's Star Wars. I mean Harrison Ford is back as Han. And Carrie Fisher. And Mark Hamill. And of course R2D2. There really isn't any question about it. I will see it.

One of my good friends is just now watching the series. I'm loving reading her comments on Facebook about each movie. I think she's up to A New Hope (Episode 4) now. I'm hoping that she gets caught up before the Force Awakens comes out. Because otherwise she'll probably have to avoid ALL social media.

I think the last time I was this excited about a movie was either for Les Miserables or one of the Harry Potter movies.

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