Hickman Family Reunion

Andrea, Grammy and the girls are off to St. Louis for her cousin’s wedding. I will fly out to join them on the weekend. Should be a blast to finally meet all her family! But how will I remember all the names? Oh, just reference the handy dandy family tree Andrea drew for the girls! Now if only I was as good as they are at memorizing it all…

Riding the Rails

Me folks visited for a short while recently. My pop’s still hard at work on his novel about the kids that spent a lot of time “riding the rails” during the Great Depression. He’s actually doing some research on his travels right now, and then the ‘rents are swinging back around to stay overnight on Thursday. I will try to get him to let me post a bit of the book on here soon…

[9.5] Attack of the Clones

I dug it. Achieving suspension of disbelief has become nearly impossible for the average viewer, given the hype surrounding Star Wars TM copyright Lucasfilms all rights reserved blah blah blah. Transcend the cynicism and see this as a good story that ties together an epic saga. This is the movie that gave me the first sense of a huge interconnected Star Wars world. Kinda cool.

[expectations rising] Attack of the Clones

[rant begin]
I came to the realization this morning that Attack of the Clones is going to be as big a downer as The Phantom Menace was…

because there is no hero to relate to!

From what the trailers have shown, it will be Anakin, not Obi-Wan, on center-stage vying for our attention. Who cares about some punk kid with a bad attitude on a downward spiral?

The real reason all 12-year-old boys loved “the real” Star Wars was the trio of characters at its center, and the real reason we all loved them was because we had not one, but two, heroes to idolize, compare, and contrast.

Attack of the Clones will be a great high-tech rollercoaster ride, after which we will get a queasy feeling in our stomachs from the continued void at the center of it all.
[rant end]

At least they nailed the beautiful-princess-with-moxie-to-spare thing. :P

UPDATE: OK, after watching all the TV commercials, I take it all back – this is going to be one heck of a good ride! :>

What’s with the 707 logo?

SquidBoy writes “What, you some kinda gang bangah? I don’t get it? :-)”

My wife no likey my little PopWillEatItself dude either. Geesh, that’s 2/3 of all the people that have ever (or will ever) look at this site. How about some suggestions for my new weblog mascot then? In the meantime, I cut him down to size…