A long time ago, at a Drive-In that still exists today, a seven year old me was taken by his Father to see Star Wars. Alright, it was 40 years ago. We went to the Sacramento Six a lot in those halcyon days but we rarely went to a showing more than once. Star Wars was one of those films that my Dad had no problem seeing over and over. I thought it was pretty OK too.
On Monday, March 20th of 2017, my wife and I will be relaunching our Etsy shop. The newly renamed shop is called The Multiverse Market. I have to say that we are pretty excited about this. This time it’s just for fun, not because we have to sell/buy/sell 😉
Misty was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease which prevented her from performing her job as a Dental Assistant, and I made some bad decisions about moving to another part of the country to take on a task that I had no idea how to do. Eventually we moved back to the West Coast, where we belonged. We found Etsy about a year after I lost my final contract job, and in the horrible job market things were looking pretty bleak. We were living with my parents in California at the time. We still had a bit of inherited things from Grandparents who had passed away, along with all of our stuff that we had been hauling around from state to state. There were things that I really didn’t wish to part with, in fact I have recently gone out of my way to replace some of those pieces.
Long story short, Misty is still sick but creating some really nice jewelry pieces, while I am gainfully employed in a field that is almost exactly where I want to be. I’ve switched my collecting focus to, primarily, Vintage Star Wars. I am still very opened to other things but having a focus saves on space and money.
On our shop, you’ll find some of Misty’s designs and my collection overflow. For my part, I am liquidating the items that I no longer want or have too many of. Our prices are not sky high like some sellers who fervently believe that “Star Wars + [insert age of piece here] = $$$“. I use Star Wars as an example, I will be selling various lines. We price competitively, and calculate actual cost of shipping (even factoring in the cost of any shipping material that is not recycled, we will be a lot cheaper that that seller who charges $13 for anything over 8 oz. You know that guy, we don’t like him either). Also, our shipping is calculated by weight.
In this, the 14th episode of the 6th season, Mr. Nimoy explores the Futurist Lifestyle. Titled “Future Life“, it’s one of the handful of episodes that actually tackles ideas that have a concrete concepts. While I have fond and frightening memories of “In Search Of“, it had very little to do with exploring evidence. It mostly dealt with legend, myth, hearsay, and superstition. All while addressing each as though they could be a reality. As an adult, I look back on these few episodes that stood on firm logic, and reason, with a new appreciation.
I challenge you to find a better uniform in all of Sci-Fi than the Colonial Warrior. (OK, it’s not a contest… this is just my opinion) The closest thing I can come up with would be the Fremen Stillsuit that was designed for David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of Dune.
The outfits don’t feel dated at all, and still work to this day. While the show didn’t last past it’s first season, due to the blockbusting budget, it’s legacy continues.
There were three things that caught my 8 year old imagination back in 1978 with this show. Beautiful, and Strong women aside… The first was the fighter pilot theme of the show. Fighter pilots have always been a staple of my imagination from Black Sheep Squadron to the present. Next we have ROBOTS! The Cylons were an awesome part of the show. Robots were everywhere after Star Wars hit the scene, but BSG did them right. Finally the Colonial Warriors. Not only did they cut a dashing figure wherever they appeared, they felt like they were a functional military. They never felt out of place, like say the “Triad” outfits that were worn in a few episodes. Another bonus was that the uniforms were gender neutral. With the addition of that Han Solo like holster, it just doesn’t get any better.
This design has been, and still is, one of my absolute favorites. I would love to own one, myself.
Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the passing of Leonard Nimoy. As I sit here and reflect on his death, I find myself remembering how empty I felt on the 27th or 2015. The logical conclusion of life is death. While my rational mind understands, that part of me that is what it means to be human, still grapples with the loss. As we grow older, increasingly, we deal with that sense of loss. Unlike others, I don’t believe that one day I will be reunited with all those who have gone before. I grieve, I move on, always remembering the best times and the lessons. To me, this is logical. Join me this weekend in remembering Mr. Nimoy. The roles he portrayed, the art he made, the lessons he taught. Remember his contributions to humanity. Also, take some time to recall others you’ve lost, and smile for they are not truly gone as long as we Remember.
Until next time, Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with You.