If you Hate Reminiscing – STOP Reading!

For me, Sundays are days of meditation and reflection.  Sometimes I feel like sharing these.  Because my hubby has heard it all before, and we are under “Stay at Home” orders, I’m going to write a post about one day out of many summer days spent in Missouri.

In the summer of 1977, I sat in a theater in St. Louis watching Star Wars: A New Hope.  Back then we thought it was the first and only one.  HA! 

I enjoyed the story – a surprise to me because I’m not into outer space stories and weird creatures. What I really was there for was to see Mark Hamill on the big screen.  I got the hots for him when I saw him on a TV movie back in1975.

The big screen did not disappoint. He was even more than I hoped for.  He has dimples!  Sigh.

As my friend Eileen and I made our way through the crowded theater, I felt shell-shocked.  When we exited the building, loud alarms were sounding off.  I (being from California) never heard a tornado warning system before.  I tell you this – you cannot ignore this sound.  Well, maybe if you were completely deaf.  However, people scurrying to their cars may tip you off that something is going on. 

I started to feel panicked.  I knew what you needed to do in case of a tornado, but there was no basement or root cellar in the theater parking lot. I looked to Eileen for some Missouri wisdom.  She was not worried. After one quick look up at the sky, in every direction and not seeing a tornado, she shrugged and unlocked her car.  

“Where are we going?”  I asked.

“To the McGuire’s basement.”  Eileen lived in Florissant and my Aunt & Uncle’s house was down the street from the theater.  Their basement was vast and comfy – I knew because I was staying down there. My cousin Maggie and I were using the space as a living area during my visit.  This way we did not bother anyone trying to sleep, while we talked and laughed all night long.

During the 2-minute ride, the sky opened up and a deluge of water came crashing down.  My cousin’s front door was 7 feet from the driveway.  We had to be wrung out when we got there. My Aunt escorted us to the backyard and handed us beach towels to strip off our clothing under.  The remainder of the afternoon we spent sipping hot chocolate and working a jigsaw puzzle – in the basement.

Every day was an adventure at my cousin’s house. Actually, it was not her house or Missouri, or un-California weather that was adventurous, but us together, no matter where we were, what we were doing – we had a wonderful time.  We had some kind of ‘Force’ with us back then – and to this day. In case you are wondering – it is NOT the Dark Side.

What about the tornado?  We didn’t know. It did not pass by the McGuire’s neighborhood, and that was all we cared about.

♥  TTFN  ♥



May The 4th Be With You…

SpaceMay4  I didn’t know how much I lost touch with the Star Wars culture until my daughter called this morning and asked what I was doing today. “Spring cleaning I suppose,” I said.

“Mom!” she said, “It’s May the Fourth,  Star Wars Day. You know?”

I did not know about this ‘Star Wars Day’.  I DO know more about Star Wars than she does, but I don’t tell her that because it’s not her fault she was born in the 80’s and missed Episodes 4 – 6. Her generation was given the back-fill trilogy episodes (1 -3). Poor things! Personally, I was not impressed with the “new” trilogy. Too much special effect crap, in my opinion.

And no Mark Hamill.

Not a big fan of futuristic outer-space stories, I probably would never have watched the 1st movie (1977), if someone other than Mark Hamill had been cast as Luke Skywalker. I had fallen in love with him way before then, seeing him guest star in episodes of  “The Streets of San Francisco“, “Medical Center“, to name a couple.

I was thrilled when he landed a comedy series, “The Texas Wheelers(1974).  I could see him EVERY WEEK! After the 8th episode, the show got canceled.  I was devastated. How would I be able to see him now?

When the hoopla began about the new film I was not interested. Then, I saw a poster with – why that. looks. like… OMG – it is him! Sure enough, his name was listed among the main actors in the film.

For the price of a movie theater ticket, I could lust gaze at him on the Big Screen. For hours.


In August of 1977 I  moved into a college dorm. The first thing I unpacked was my Star Wars poster.  Everyday, as I left or entered that room, I would kiss my finger and touch Luke Skywalker’s face. For good luck or The Force, I don’t remember.

I heard that Episode XII is now being made. With the original cast.  What can George Lucas be thinking?  I mean, the Emperor is gone, Luke and Leia are brother and sister, and their dad used to be Darth Vader but now hangs with the good guys, Obi-Wan and Yoda.

What happens now? Do our heroes check into Senior Citizens housing? Han Solo and Leia marry? Chewy gets a bachelor pad, and is quite popular with the ladies?

And dear, sweet, Luke. What is to become of him?  That question will StarWarsTextingget my butt to the theater to find out.

And finally,  I wanted to share this clever iMessage conversation.  LOL.

May the 4th be with you always!




What The 49ers Should Be Thankful For

Because today is Thanksgiving, I planned to write about gratitude and thankfulness. I have so many things – some big and some small, to be grateful for.

But enough about me.

I could not help my beloved 49ers because the Force was NOT with me tonight. Even though I was wearing my official 49ers 50th Anniversary jersey and gave myself a mother of a headache.  Maybe because Baltimore is across the country. Maybe the Dark Side is stronger there.

In an effort to ease their our pain, let’s focus on what we should be thankful for this (football) season:

Alex Smith is alive to quarterback another game. Despite being sacked 11 times, grounded 8, and generally foiled at every turn.

Not one 49er got put on the injured list.  A miracle considering the brutal intensity out there.

Our coach is better looking. And taller.

We are now 9 – 2. Yes, we should be thankful for that. We wanted to be 10 – 1 after tonight, but get over it.  We are 9  frigging  2, people! Remember last season when we were 0 – 6?  We would have gone over to the Dark Side to be 9 – 2 and you know it…  😉

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!