Friday, October 30, 2009

Come Together

I know, I know.

I just posted yesterday. And I don't think I've ever posted two days in a row. I try not to be one of those people who posts to their blog just for the simple sake of posting.

Today, however, I am grinning ear to ear. I love when things that I like operate in conjunction with each other. Like when two people you are really fond of start dating each other. Or when you are blessed with good weather for an outdoor activity you've been planning for a long time. Or when the most lazy thing to do happens also to be the most efficient thing to do. You get the idea.

This morning, two things that I love dearly collided in a fashion that left me tremendously joyful.

First, you must recall that I ADORE the Today Show on NBC. I watch it each weekday morning when I get ready for work. On the very few times that I take a day off during the week, if I am around the house, I dutifully watch it in the background of whatever else I am doing that morning. I love that the show has a delightful mix of actual news, frequent weather updates (national and local), useful tips for life's issues (investing, large purchases, health care, relationships, etc.), and a youthful, humorous banter among the cast. What more could someone need in the morning?

This brings me to my other love in life. Star Wars. I was raised on it. I know all the lines. I draw connections between the storyline (and characters) and the Christian faith. You know what I'm talking about. When the original three episodes were digitally remastered, I saw them in the theaters. When the newer three came out, I saw them in theaters too. In fact, I was one of those uber fans that got a huge crew together and saw Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in the theater at the very first midnight showing. I have even spoken of someday having two kids and, at the appropriate age (about 3) having each watch the movies; one in the original order of release and the other in chronological order....then waiting to see how they would develop differently. Any predictions?

So imagine my delight today when, for their annual Halloween Costume Contest show, the whole cast of the Today Show teamed up with George Lucas and hosted the show while donning their Star Wars costumes! They did such an amazing job. You just have to see it for yourself:

1 month and 12 days until Leni graduates

Keep It Real!


  1. Ah, I miss our banter! And I suppose you do, as well? (Here, I imagine your smarty-pants tone saying, "You assume too much.")

    As for the proposed experiment, I would advise treading carefully in those particular waters. Stick with the classics for a good while, before introducing the sometimes frighteningly realistic CGI of the newer installments. There's a big difference between the cumbersome (however well-done for the 70's, for Pete's sake) special effects of the original trilogy, and the amazing technology which allows us to completely fade from reality into apparent fantasy at the click of a remote. *sigh* Ah, the simplicity of the 70's! (Did I just say that?!)

    That's the emotional, practical side of me speaking.

    The fun, Maggie-knows-her-common-sense-for-Pete's-sake side says you should ALWAYS start with the classics--to show what acting SHOULD be, and then proceed to the newer trilogy to show what acting has become...and the reverse for effects! I think if you show Episode IV first, though, you could have a real whiner on your hands. That Luke kid whining at his uncle gets me Every. Time. I cringe!! Uf you start with Episode I, you'll have a gymnast on your hands on account of all that fancy two-sided light saber dancing. Hopefully the child wouldn't attempt to cut you in two with a broomstick or something.

  2. Uhm... Maggie, how did I not know you loved Star Wars?