Upon learning that the U.S. Postal Service, in addition to creating a line of commemorative stamps, was placing special "R2-D2" mailboxes around the country in honor of Star Wars' 30th anninversary, my good friend Erin Julian (host of the blog Lylium) and her housemate/fellow Star Wars fanatic Teal, figured the only logical thing to do was to go out and take the following picture:
I think this is brilliant. Positively priceless.
My family has been friends with the Julians for many years, so I've known Erin since she was a "wee lass" (she's in college now and it really makes me feel old) and for as long as I've known her she's been a big Star Wars fan. I remember when I was in college I went to see the theatrical release of the special edition of Empire Strikes Back and ran into her and her family. I have no doubt it was Erin's first time seeing it on the big screen but, since I was in pre-school when it originally came out, it was my third time. I also recall buying her a Return of the Jedi poster for her birthday. I knew it was her favorite of the three Star Wars movies (it was mine too at her age), and although I tried to convice her that Empire was really the best one, she just wasn't having it (Erin has since realized the error of her way and has come over to the "Dark side"). Hopefully I can convince her to contribute something to the Star Wars Blog-a-thon on May 25th over at Edward Copeland on Film. I know she'll have some good stuff to say. I've already decided on what I'm going to write about.
While I'm on the subject, I think I'll just go ahead and post my personal favorite scene in the entire Star Wars series (a sublime moment, I can't watch it without getting shivers):