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April 24th, 2005
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Whew! What a weird weekend!
Yeah, I'm at work... not working. Really need to get to it, but first I wanted to tell you that I not only saw Charlie Ross' One Man Star Wars - which was great! - but also the Star Wars Musical (almost typed "LOTR" there! *G*). The only bad thing about that was that Charlie's show, though great, was a little anti-climactic after seeing about 20 people sing and dance on stage (and there was an orchestra!). They did a damn good job and had a few great singers (you would have loved doing this, Tig!), and their Luke was just perfect. So I took a lot of shots of that, which you'll see. Wish I could remember the jokes, but, of course, they fly out of your head as soon as you finish laughing!

I do remember some of the songs: They started out with "Star Trek Tomorrow... Trilogy Tonight!" sung by the whole cast, based on "Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight!" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; "The Music of the Knight" - a song about the Force, sung by Obi-Wan to "The Music of the Night" (Phantom of the Opera, right?); "Don't Cry for Me, Princess Leia" - a song by Princess Leia's father (his ghost?) as Leia mourns the destruction of her home planet of Alderaan - done to "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" (Evita); several Gilbert and Sullivan song parodies, such as "Two Little Droids are We", and "I Am The Very Model Of the MultiLanguage Protocol Droid".

And some of the sight gags: some "cameo" droids when Luke and his uncle go to buy robots, such as Bender, the maid from the Jetsons, SevenofNine (or whatever her name was)...; R2D2 had a bucket handle across his head so he could be carried (no person inside); little x-wings that fit around the pilots waists as they battled the Death Star - *L*!; the guy who tries to kill Han Solo at the saloon just pulls a sword here and does fancy things with it - whereupon Han disgustedly pulls a gun from his belt and shoots him, ala Indiana Jones. *G*

Several of the same jokes carried over between the two shows, such as Chewbacca with his hands up going "WTF?" after not getting a medal at the end - (*L*); of course, all the kissing from Leia (Leiea?), whiny Luke ("but all my friends are getting together!"). But what was strange for me was not getting all of the jokes in Charlie Ross' show! Guess it worked for me for LOTR because I knew every frame - but I don't know every frame of the original 3 Star Wars movies, so when he was just miming things happening and everybody got it, I sometimes didn't. *G* Wow... and I thought I was a TRUE geek. *sad shake of the head* BTW, I told the guy next to me about the LOTR convention, and when I told him that, contrary to here, most of the fans there were girls, he was in total shock - *L*! I explained the attraction of the four young actors playing the hobbits, but I still think he didn't get it. *G*

Okay, enough! Take care, talk to you all later! Sure hope our girls in Liverpool are having a FANTASTIC TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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From:green_ghost
Date:April 24th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
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They've shown clips from that convention all over our news for that last couple of days. I wish I could go. I think Charlie Ross is coming here... I will have to check it out. (And I do know every frame of the original Star Wars films.) Yikes.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 25th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
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*L*! Have they really? OMG - we're FAMOUS! *G* And, silly me, I haven't been watching national OR local news. Don't worry - you didn't miss much (from my point of view!). I can describe the Con in one word: LINES. Hell, I couldn't figure out what line was for - they kept saying "UPS line! UPS line!". Know what it turned out to be? The line to send your collectibles home by UPS. *G* The lines NEVER ended! So I avoided most of the Con, and, luckily, there were no lines for the two shows I went to. *G*
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From:psyknife
Date:April 24th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Didn't the Simpsons do a spoof that had a Stars Wars musical in it? "Luke, be a Jedi tonight!"
Is this the same musical that has the song "Millenium Falcon" to the tune of "Grease Lightening"?
It seems as thought it would've been great to see.
Can't wait for piccies
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 25th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
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*L*! Yes, they (The Simpsons) DID! *G* But I don't remember a Greased Lightning in this one. You would have had fun just figuring out all the movie references. Did I mention "I am I, Ben Kenobi" - (ala Man of La Mancha)?
From:ex_kisa_haw
Date:April 25th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
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Sounds like you're having a fantastic time. So why were you at work?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 25th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
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Well, should have been there more. Supposed to somehow get back into working in the lab (and it's been a loooooong time), but I'm nervous and keep finding other things to do.

Not a fantastic time... I really missed all you guys!
From:ex_kisa_haw
Date:April 25th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
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Aw. Wish I could be there too.

*squish*
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From:bluelily17
Date:April 25th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
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Yea I found that many many of my friends went to the SW convention in Indy. Drat. I really would have enjoyed myself I'm sure. Especially after all the musicall hullaballoo and the Charlie Ross. I also love all the costumes people wear to the convention they're all really pretty cool. Well glad you've had fun. I'm sitting here painting on my computer....grr...let me say painting frustrated at the computer as to where all the time went....have too much to do and my day job is getting in the way of class.....grrrr....
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 25th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Awwww, don't worry - I mean, you'd have had fun seeing your friends, but I don't think you missed anything earthshaking! I only went to a little part of it; don't think I'd have enjoyed much more. Too many LINES!
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From:aeb
Date:April 27th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
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BTW, I told the guy next to me about the LOTR convention, and when I told him that, contrary to here, most of the fans there were girls, he was in total shock - *L*! I explained the attraction of the four young actors playing the hobbits, but I still think he didn't get it. *G*

He does sound quite obtuse. {chuckle, SMILE}

Something else that might attract more women occurred to me this afternoon. Where else can you copy so many absolutely gorgeous outfits that are neither impossible to get into and out of without major help, nor a torture to wear? {SMILE} Renfaire and other historical recreation groups usually fail both criteria when the gowns are really nice. Other shows either don't have as nice clothes, or the nice ones fail at least one criteria. {chuckle, SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 27th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
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You know - I mentioned that, too! I said "and for the costume wearers, LOTR is much better for the women!"

I mean, for LOTR, basically you can wear:

- one of Leia's outfits
- one of Amadalia's outfits (granted, some of these are pretty damn cool! *L*)
- some character you made up!
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From:aeb
Date:April 27th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
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I think LOTR is better for those men who like something fancy, too. Elves of both sexes are really fancy dressers, as are nearly all the human nobles and rulers. Yes, Aragorn was mostly an exception, but even he could dress up if he had to. {chuckle, SMILE}

I was thinking of Star Wars when I mentioned those criteria. {SMILE}

Leia does not wear gorgeous gowns, unless you happen to enjoy that understatement called "classic simplicity." Leia was too busy fussing with her hair to do much with her dresses. What I remember her wearing wouldn't distract from whatever confection of a hairstyle she wore this time. {SMILE}

Amidala's gowns are gorgeous, BUT just try getting into one of those things without a maid or ten to help do up all the fastenings in impossible-to-reach places! {chuckle, SMILE}

No, the best compromise between beauty and the practicality of being able to get dressed on your own were on Amidala's handmaidens... and who wants to spend however many hours at the sewing machine to become a maid? However glorified a one? {Chuckle, SMILE, BIG SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 28th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
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Yep, good point!

BTW, the other Leia outfit? The slave girl... groan!
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From:aeb
Date:April 28th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
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{BURST OF LAUGHTER} At least that one was Jabba the Hutt's idea, not hers! {REALLY BIG GRIN, HUMONGOUS GRIN, MORE LAUGHTER}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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