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2013 in Reflection…


…and what lies ahead.

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Life Gets in the Way


I’ve been trying really hard to keep a once a week schedule with this blog, but that was interrupted last week. The reason for that is simple…life gets in the way.

This is an insanely busy time for most people, and I am no different. Where I diverge from the pack is that my “holiday season” begins in October. Every year for the last six, I help organize the annual Halloween Party at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also a fair amount of work pulling it together every year. Usually I get a short break after that, but this year I helped with the museum’s annual gala as well. The reason for this was the guest of honor; Harrison Ford. After much wrangling and a lot of wishful thinking, we were able to get him to also sign the X-Wing before he left for the night. It was a serious high-point in my work with the museum, and we raised a considerable sum of money to keep the doors open and the programs running.

Then we are headlong into November, and that means Thanksgiving, and for me, it also means birthdays. It would appear that the people in my family are BIG fans of Spring, because there are ten birthdays in my immediate family starting from the middle of November and going well into January. Throw in Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah and New Years (all holidays people in my life celebrate), plus the birthdays of a few godchildren and cousins, and you’ve got one seriously insane ride for about three months every year.

Now, you also have to add in holiday parties (both the company kind and the friends kind), and shopping, and friends coming in from out of town, and end of year stuff at work, and charity projects, and side work, and…. I think you get the idea, right? Basically, busy doesn’t even begin to cover it around this time of year.

It takes some serious effort to just sit down and write about the things going on in my head, or really, any kind of writing other than that stuff I get paid for. So, when I get a few minutes to try and collect those thoughts, I have to remind myself to be grateful for being so insanely busy this time of year.

Why should I be grateful for such a hectic way of life? That’s easy!

  • I am grateful I have a mother who volunteers me for any number of tasks, because it means she is here and alive and contributing to my life.
  • I am grateful that I have all these siblings who demand my attention with their troubles and woes, because it means they are including me in their lives and blessing me with the joy of their children.
  • I am grateful that my work is demanding so much of my focus, even when the drama hits a high, or my projects hit a snag, because it means I have a job that pays my bills and affords me the luxury of health insurance and a roof over my head when so many others have none of that.
  • I am grateful that my time is stretched to the absolute limits with the demands of so many projects, because it means that I am alive and well and able to contribute to my community in ways both great and small.
  • And I am grateful for those few precious moments when I can sit down and put all of those thoughts into words and share them with others.

Thank you for giving me something else to be grateful for, and may each of you find yourselves at a loss for time when life gets in your way. Happy Holidays to All!


Halloween Activities


I have always loved Halloween, because I love costumes. From my very first costume as a clown made by my mother and the lady across the street when I was 18 months old, through to my closet full of costumes on a monthly rotation at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. I am a costumer and I am proud of it.

But more than that, I am also a Star Wars fan. I am a card carrying member of that proud group of lunatics who dress up in costumes from those movies, buy toys, read books and gobble up any new media that follows that universe created by George Lucas. Most of all, I am honored to have the privilege of working with the folks at Lucasfilm to manage and maintain the X-Wing Fighter replica they send all over the country for various promotional spots and events.  It lives here in Colorado at WOTR, but it has seen a lot of miles, and today was no exception.

I got to see all of my hard work live in Rockefeller Plaza this morning as the hosts and staff of the Today Show debuted their annual Halloween Show. And it looked fantastic!

Please check out the whole thing on their website, and enjoy some of what I do in the name of sharing my love of Star Wars and Costuming with others.

And for anyone in the Denver area tomorrow, come on out to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum for the annual Hauntings at the Hangar Halloween Party. Stormtroopers, Jedi, and a whole host of other costumed folks will be there to help your little ones enjoy a safe and Happy Halloween!

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