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Road Trip photos: June 19-21

Somehow, I let almost three months pass since I last uploaded and organized a batch of my cross-country road trip photos, so this weekend I went through and processed some more.

There are three days’ worth of pictures here, although Saturday and Sunday June 19 and 20 are underrepresented photo-wise: It was a weekend just packed with greatness, hanging out with friends and just enjoying the west coast and the experience of being someplace totally new to me, but so much of that joy was just in the company and the moments, and not the sort of thing that gets captured through a camera lens. So the few images from those days almost serve as memory-triggers more than anything else.

Take this one, for instance:

The Donut Man

You see The Donut Man on Rt. 66 in Glendora, California.

I get thrown back to a day that began with a gorgeous drive up the coast from San Diego; several hours group-geeking at Frank and Son, where I found a flashback-inducing Imperious Leader action figure; a late lunch at Q Noodle House and a drive to The Donut Man for some fresh-strawberry-filled donuts. (Our original plans had called for introducing me to shaved snow at Class 302, but of course the day’s first batch was gone when we got there.)  A spontaneous trip to a nearby comic shop, and then an evening of more hanging out and visiting new friends and nerding out.

I left for the drive back to San Diego late the next morning, and after a brief nap, I spent the afternoon and evening swimming with my host friends and having an absolutely fantastic dinner and some wine out on their front patio as night fell. Again, it was just a terrific, warm-the-soul sort of day, and yet the only pictures you’ll find are the ones I snapped just after supper – the last sunset of spring:

Last sunset of spring 2010.

On Monday, June 21, Jenn and Kelsey made their own (much quicker) trip across the U.S.A., and after they caught up on a bit of sleep, the three of us spent several hours in the afternoon at Balboa Park and a few that evening at Seaport Village. The whole day’s worth of photos is here.

Here’s the moon over the Coronado Bridge:

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October 24, 2010 Posted by | Food and Drink, geek, photos, Travel, Weblogs, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nerding in L.A.

In Collect All 21, I wrote about the day I got my dad to take me to Kmart on a quest to find some of the new second wave of original Kenner Star Wars figures, which included the first action figure incarnations of several of the cantina scene aliens.  None were to be found. Utterly disheartened, I settled for a pair of Battlestar Galactica figures instead: the six-limbed Ovion and the purple lizard Imperious Leader.

So yesterday, some thirty-odd years later, I’m making my first visit to Los Angeles, where a few friends are treating me to the nerdtastic and occasionally slightly creepy wonderland that is Frank & Son’s.

And look what I found:

He’s every bit as ungainly and strangely textured and so unlike my Star Wars guys as I remembered, but as sad as I was that day to settle for him in place of a Hammerhead or Greedo or Snaggletooth, over the years the Imperious Leader came to hold a special place in my memory. This time around, he turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.

June 20, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, geek, Ohio, science fiction | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Star Wars 2: Re-revisited. Again. Repeatedly.

So, Bonnie Burton shares this Village Voice look at a December 1980 issue of Fantastic Films which not only includes the ever-present-for-the-era speculation about how the old Star Wars trilogy will wrap up but an article on “Thundarr the Barbarian.”

Ooooo! Inside Scoops!

Ooooo! Inside Scoops!

This makes me think of the November 1980 issue I have of Warren Presents: Empire Encounters Comix which offers the promise of spoilers for “Star Wars 2!” Stuff like Boba Fett leading stormtroopers, a Rebel assault on “Vader’s stronghold and Han Solo and Chewbacca prisoners of the Empire. Editorially, the magazine covers its tail: You’ll notice this publication is something like six months after The Empire Strikes Back came out, so this goofy article opens with a breathless “Whew! Aren’t we glad we didn’t publish these silly notions!” air.

Lots of great ads, too, particularly the full-pager for the Battlestar Galactica-inspired New Warriors Battle Jacket (“For Exciting Adventures from the Disco to the Outer Limits of Space!”)

I scanned and blogged about this issue last year when I was still on TypePad but discovered this morning that for unknown reasons, that particular entry has not made the trip over to WordPress.

On the one hand, this is an irritant. On the other, its an excuse to share it again. So here’s the whole set of Star Wars-related pages over at Flickr, articles and all.

June 6, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Fiction, Film, geek, science fiction, Weblogs | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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