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The Wookiee in Winter

About five years ago, I started measuring our heavier snowfalls using the galactically-recognized Giant Vintage Kenner Chewbacca scale.


January, 2009

It’s been a particularly wintry winter here in Northeast Ohio, and I was asked recently how Chewie was faring this season.

Truth is…he quit. Just up and disappeared. Then, this weekend, a friend emails me a link to these pictures on Facebook:

Ah. Looks like Chewie headed for warmer climes.

… and maybe wanted to play tourist.

Oh. Well then. I hope he’s partyyying responsiblyyy.


(Chewie’s confession in the caption: “I don’t remember this.”)

Huge thanks for these pictures to über-talented photo geek extraordinaire Jim Carchidi, who once again goes above and beyond in responding to a nerdy request. He’s put this whole Chewie gallery in a public Facebook gallery, and you should go check out his portfolio, especially if you’re a fan of portraits, concert photography, Bike Week in Daytona, or Star Wars stuff.

March 3, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Beneath the Backyard

Looks like something Lovecraftian trying to dig its way out:

And now let’s check in with Giant Vintage Kenner Chewie on the weather conditions at 8:43 a.m. Dec. 30, 2012:

(For perspective, here’s Chewie’s initial placement on Dec. 26, and a snapshot from just about 24 hours ago.

December 30, 2012 Posted by | geek, Ohio, photos, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Winter 2012-13: Giant Vintage Chewie Snow Gauge

As tradition demands, we’re measuring the current precipitation with the Galactically-recognized Giant Vintage Chewie Snow Scale.

11:48 a.m., Eastern Standard Time. Already a few inches on the ground, but not enough to support our Wookiee – he’s leaning against a ground-level section of 4×4. (And yes, Chewie sacrificed a limb to the winter deities a few seasons back.)


And here, at about 6:20 p.m.:


Further updates as events warrant.

December 26, 2012 Posted by | geek, Ohio, Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

It’s A Major Awarrrggghd

First, I need to give credit – This was Kelsey’s idea.

She came into my office last night and saw Chewie’s leg sitting on a shelf. Five inspired, scrambling minutes later:

Fra-gee-lay. Must be Italian.

Old Man Attichitcuk LOVED this thing.

We really wanted to add the appropriate audio and were dismayed to find that somewhere between the last time we watched our DVD of A Christmas Story and last night, someone cleaned the disc with a belt sander. We were forced to improvise using an adjacent laptop and couldn’t get the sound levels we really wanted, but still, we had fun:

And yes, there is more than a bit of pride in my voice when I say, “That’s my daughter’s handiwork.”

April 5, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Film, geek | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Wookiee Whiteout

As of roughly 5:45 a.m. EST, that little bump is the only visible clue to Giant Vintage Kenner Chewbacca’s whereabouts

"Ha! That stupid probe droid'll NEVER find me now..."

So, yeah, holy shit, we got a lot of snow last night.

February 6, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, geek, Ohio | , , , , | 1 Comment

Chewie’s back on duty.

"You know that feeling when you reach THAT part of walking into a cold pool? Yeah. Tell me about it."

Galactically-recognized Giant Vintage Chewie Snow Scale

Giant vintage Kenner Chewbacca reported to his post at approximately 9 p.m. EST Fri. Feb. 5, when the snowfall had reached the point pictured. For the record, his monitoring position was devoid of snow earlier in the day.

He has been instructed to radio Echo Base immediately if Mr. Tumnus shows up.

"Send Rogues 10 and 11 to Station 38 with some Turkish Delight."

February 5, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, geek, Ohio | , , , | 3 Comments

Jim Solo, Captain of the Millennium Awesome.

Scott D.M. Simmons is a talented artist – check out his contributions to the Topps Widevision series of The Clone Wars sketch cards – and a super nice guy who’s clearly having fun with his work.

So when he started taking commissions for holiday gifts, I was struck with a lightning bolt of inspiration and shot him an email asking about commissioning a Star Wars sketch with a personal twist as a present for my friend Jim.

Or perhaps we should now call him Jim Solo:

See, Boba WOULDN'T let the Wookiee win, and this is what he got.

Chewbacca and the best backpack full of Life Day ornaments ever.

Not only is that a good likeness of Jim (right downto the ILM baseball cap he often sports), but I love Scott’s idea to have Chewie lugging around the busted-up Boba Fett armor.

Thanks, Scott – and Happy Life Day, Jim!

December 29, 2009 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Film, geek, Ohio | , , , , | 2 Comments


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