Haiku Me Friday! It’s snowing…

Wampas and Tauntauns A cold desert in the snow The barren landscape

Wampas and Tauntauns
A cold desert in the snow
The barren landscape

I woke up this morning to an inch of snow.  Yesterday I was thinking to myself about how wonderful it was to finally be walking my dog with sneakers again because all the snow and ice had melted.  I must have jinxed it.

I’ve written about Hoth before in a Haiku but it always comes to the forefront of my mind when winter slams Massachusetts.  We live in a funny area of MA, closer to the coast, but not too close.  We’re on this dividing line where forecasters will often say, “West of I-495 should expect to see 6” or more of snow, whereas East of I-495 will see around 2-4”,” or vice versa depending on if it’s a land storm or a coastal storm.  But we are at that weird dividing line of I-495 so we never know what we are going to get.  Today is only an inch but tomorrow is 4-9” depending on what part of Massachusetts you live.  I would prefer 0” but it looks like I have no say in this matter.

My husband and I always thought we’d move out of here since we despise the winters.  But having family so close when you have children changes everything; I can’t imagine not living near our families now that we have ARM.

I think I just need to reframe my thinking, to go along with my New Year’s resolution to be more positive.  Every time I complain about snow I can think, “At least it’s not Hoth.”  Think about it – Hoth didn’t have any trees or greenery to be seen.  It was pretty desolate.  At least I have trees to look at and I don’t have to wear jackets indoors (ever notice how everyone in the Rebellion is wearing their jackets within Echo Base?).  It’s like when I had finals in college and was stressed.  I would say to myself, “At least the fate of the world doesn’t depend on me dropping a mind-twisting ring into Mt. Doom at Mordor.”  Do not think I’m joking.  I said that to myself at the end of every semester.

Okay, bring on the snowstorm!  At least it’s not Hoth.

 

In other news – I’m hosting my first annual Star Wars party in February.  I can’t believe it took me this long to make it an annual party.  I boba-fett-dancing-gifcan’t stand the month of February.  It’s cold, there’s a lot of snow, and Valentine’s Day is stupid.  Now I have a reason to be more positive!  I’m going to host a Star Wars party every February.  I’m trying to make it as chill as possible…open to anyone, light food, some alcohol and drinks, and one game.

Guess what the game is!

(Pun!)  The attendees have to guess what movie I am going to pick.  If they guess right, they get a prize.  Yup, no one knows what we’re watching until the day of.  This gives me a bit of a manic glee (probably similar to what General Hux experienced as Starkiller Base was charged by the sun) as I love having other people in suspense over something I control.

You guys are welcome to guess too and I’ll also send you a prize if you guess correctly.  But you won’t get the prize until after February 11th

 

Have a great weekend everyone.  I’m working on my books of 2016 post and I’m hoping to be more active here in 2017.  Xoxo.

12 Days of Christmas…with some Star Wars spice

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

tauntauns on Hoth

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

Tooka

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

death star

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

homing beacon

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

golden droid

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

eopie

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

varactyl

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

blaster pistol star wars

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

Corellian freighter

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
10 Flashing sabers
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

lightsabers

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
11 Massive Wookiees
10 Flashing sabers
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

wookiees

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Astros beeping
11 Massive Wookiees
10 Flashing sabers
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

astro droids

I wouldn’t want to mess with whoever gets these gifts.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!  May the Force be with you today and always.

Scene it on Friday – ESB Scene #6

Finally!  I get a Hoth scene.  I love the Hoth scenes because no matter how many times I watch ESB (in fact, I just watched ESB last weekend), I still am gripped with suspense over the whole Hoth sequence.  This scene is also appropriate since we have ANOTHER snowstorm headed our way for this weekend.  Let me tell you, if you don’t often get snow where you live – you’re lucky.  Embrace the feeling of earth beneath your feet, the lack of salt on your cars, the lower heating bills and the lighter jackets.  I could go on, but you don’t want to get me started more so than I already am.

One of the first things I noticed about this scene when I was watching it, or even now just reading over it, is that it’s the first reference to something “Earthly” in the whole OT.  Han says, “Then I’ll see you in hell!”  Hell is from our Earth culture and Science Fiction usually creates their own religions within their stories so this sentence really stands out.

Han, I'll see you in hell

Go ahead and type in “Han Solo I’ll see you in hell” into Google.  This line throws off tons of people and I’m sure others noticed it right away when watching it, like I did.  There are discussions on this all over Google, but what stood out to me is that the good ol’ EU picked up the pieces and patched it all together.

The Corellion Religion, according to Wookiepedia, believed in nine separate hells, but there was a lot of discrepancies among the actual people of Corellia since Han Solo used the singular form of Hell.  So, there’s my answer.  Gotta love the EU.  It notices every single discontinuity in the movies and makes up for it.

Another interesting point of note: this is the beginning of Han Solo and C-3PO’s rapport with each other (if you can even call it rapport).  I love how Han covers his mouth when he’s trying to talk and the droid actually stops talking.  In ANH, we definitely had Luke and Threepio having a bit of witty dialogue but Luke always treated Threepio more as a human, than Han who looks at him as an extreme annoyance.   But it definitely gives a defining characteristic to this movie and I can’t imagine this movie without Threepio constantly shouting out the odds of survival and Han’s fast comebacks.

Finally, we see the comment about Leia’s clothes being all wet.  I was browsing online and read an excerpt from Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise: Fans, Merchandise, & Critics by Matthew Kapell and John Lawrence where they analyzed this statement.  On the outside, they were arguing, it’s innocent banter between Artoo and Threepio, but what it actually represents is a “thawing” of Leia through her love with Han.  Her “sexual awakening” is coming on, due to the dashing “worldy and hypermasculine Han Solo.”

I read a little more of the book that was available online and I may end up trying to buy a used copy of this book, because it seems really interesting (go to google books and put the title in…should be the first book that comes up).  It interests me, only because I completely and totally miss symbolism in every single movie/book/poem.  Is this symbolism that they are discussing George Lucas’ real intent?  Probably not, but I like reading the arguments nevertheless.

Leia's thawing

Leia’s beginning to thaw…but I don’t think the authors meant Threepio would be the one helping her!

 

INTERIOR: HOTH — REBEL BASE — ANOTHER ICE CORRIDOR

 A familiar stream of beeps and whistles herald the approach of Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio, who appear around a corner and move along an ice wall toward the main hangar.

 THREEPIO: Don’t try to blame me. I didn’t ask you to turn on the thermal heater. I merely commented that it was freezing in the princess’s chamber. But it’s supposed to be freezing. How are we going to dry out all her clothes? I really don’t know.

 Artoo beeps a stream of protesting whistles.

 THREEPIO: Oh, switch off.

 Artoo razzes again to get in the last word.

 INTERIOR: HOTH — REBEL BASE — MAIN HANGAR DECK

 The two robots stop at Han Solo’s space freighter. Han and Chewie are struggling with their central lifters.

 HAN: (to Chewie) Why do you take this apart now? I’m trying to get us out of here and you pull both of these.

 Chewie grumbles in irritation.

 THREEPIO: Excuse me, sir.

 HAN: (to Chewie) Put them back together right now.

 THREEPIO: Might I have a word with you, please?

 HAN: What do you want?

 THREEPIO: Well, it’s Princess Leia, sir. She’s been trying to get you on the communicator.

 HAN: I turned it off. I don’t want to talk to her.

 THREEPIO: Oh. Well, Princess Leia is wondering about Master Luke. He hasn’t come back yet. She doesn’t know where he is.

 HAN: I don’t know where he is.

 THREEPIO: Nobody knows where he is.

 HAN: What do you mean, “nobody knows”?

 Han glances at the fading light at the entrance of the ice cave as night slowly begins to fall on the planet.

 THREEPIO: Well, uh, you see…

 Han jumps down off the lift, as Threepio follows him.

 HAN: Deck Officer. Deck Officer!

 THREEPIO: Excuse me, sir. Might I inqu-…

 Han abruptly puts his hand over Threepio’s mouth as the deck officer approaches.

 DECK OFFICER: Yes, sir?

 HAN: Do you know where Commander Skywalker is?

 DECK OFFICER: I haven’t seen him. It’s possible he came in through the south entrance.

 HAN: It’s possible? Why don’t you go find out? It’s getting dark out there.

 DECK OFFICER: Yes, sir.

 The deck officer leaves hurriedly, as Han takes his hand off Threepio’s mouth.

 THREEPIO: Excuse me, sir. Might I inquire what’s going on?

 HAN: Why not?

 THREEPIO: Impossible man. Come along, Artoo, lets find Princess Leia. Between ourselves, I think Master Luke is in considerable danger.

 INTERIOR: HOTH — REBEL BASE — MAIN ICE TUNNEL

 The deck officer and his assistant hurry toward Han as he enters the tunnel.

 DECK OFFICER: Sir, Commander Skywalker hasn’t come in through the south entrance. He might have forgotten to check in.

 HAN: Not likely. Are the speeders ready?

 DECK OFFICER: Not yet. We’re having some trouble adapting them to the cold.

 HAN: Then we’ll have to go out on Tauntauns.

 DECK OFFICER: Sir, the temperature’s dropping too rapidly.

 HAN: That’s right. And my friend’s out in it.

 ASSISTANT OFFICER: I’ll cover sector twelve. Have com-control set screen alpha.

 Han pushes through the troops and mounts a Tauntaun.

 DECK OFFICER: Your Tauntaun’ll freeze before you reach the first marker.

 HAN: Then I’ll see you in hell!

 Han maneuvers his mount out of the cave and races into the dark bitter night.