Napa Valley Trip, Part 1

Natasha and I just got back from a fantastic trip to Napa Valley, California. Visiting the wineries there is wonderful. I definitely recommend the trip to anyone who loves wine, mountains, fresh air, and good people. You can see the first set of pictures up on the site in the gallery now. These cover our trip to the Jelly Belly factory (YEA!) and to the Berringer Winery.

Star Wars Weekends, Week 5

Star Wars Weekends, Week 5 pictures are up, featuring the lovely Amy Allen, who played Aayla Secura in Episodes 2 and 3, and also teen hearthrob Daniel Logan, who played the young Boba Fett in Episode 2 (and he hinted he might be playing him in Episode 3, though he’s not on any cast list that I’ve seen).

This was the last weekend of Star Wars Weekends at the Disney/MGM Studios Theme Park and it truly rocked. A huge thank you goes out to all the people at the park who worked so hard to make the event so much fun and an incredible success. It was a blast, and I look forward to many more Star Wars Weekends to come.

Star Wars Weekends, Week 4

More and more pics from Star Wars Weekends this week. Mike Quinn and Warwick Davis were the guest stars, and fun guest stars they were. Warwick, who played Wicket the Ewok in “Return of the Jedi” (as well as several roles in “The Phantom Menace”) showed us just what a versatile and quick actor he was by playing several of his characters on stage for us. He even lead the audience in a charms lesson from Harry Potter. So watch out if he see me swishing and flicking — “Wingardium Leviosa!”

Mike Quinn is another incredible guy. He puppeteered Nien Nunb, the co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon in “Return of the Jedi”. Before that, he worked for the Henson company as a puppeteer. Turned out he lived not too far from the studios where “The Muppet Show” was made when he was a kid, and he just bribed his way past the guards and met with Jim and crew and showed them his puppeteering work and eventually got hired. He’s also worked as a digital animator for Pixar, animating the marionettes in the Woody’s Roundup sequences in “Toy Story 2”. Now he’s doing face acting. Pretty amazing guy.

Enjoy the pics. Really, there’s some video coming some day. Gallery, the software I use to manage all the pics, just doesn’t like uploading video right now, so I’m going to have to build some links.

Star Wars Weekends, Week 3

Been very busy so I haven’t had time until now to get pics from Star Wars Weekends, Week 3, up on the site. This was the best weekend because it featured the guy who is easily the best of the Star Wars Stars — Anthony Daniels. Anthony puts on the greatest show for the fans, and seems to have a great time doing it.

Also visiting this week, Andy Secombe, who played everyone’s favorite Toydarian junk dealer, Watto. Andy is great fun as well — he’s a really creative guy and he loves doing the Watto voice for the fans. He’s got a couple of comedic fantasy novels out — I’m going to pick them up and write a review on the site once I’ve read them.

I’m going to try to get some short videos out on the site from this weekend. They might not be out there right away, but I’ll get them out there at some point soon!