|A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...|
Fly your geek flag high today!
Not only is it Star Wars Day, Towel Day (in recognition of Douglas Adams and Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy), Glorious 25 May (a Discworld celebration), and the 41st anniversary of the arrival of Alien.
Oh, and it also happens to be our thirteenth wedding anniversary!
Rachel and I were married in a Star Wars-themed wedding on the anniversary of day the original film made its debut in 1977.
The hubbub around May The 4th as Star Wars Day grows every year, especially with the arrival of Disney+, and I'm not adverse to any excuse to celebrate all things Star Wars, but, ultimately, I'm an old school, orthodox, Jedi who will always mark May 25 as his Star Wars Day.
Rachel and I tied the knot at Salomons in Southborough (between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge), where the guests' tables were all named after planets from the Star Wars Universe.
Rachel's arrival music was the Imperial March (still her personalised ringtone on my phone... which always makes me giggle when she rings!), and Darth Vader was our ring-bearer.
It was such a cool day.
And the adventure continues... thanks to the love of my amazingly tolerant and understanding wife.
The Force is strong in Rachel, she supports most of my geeky whims and copes incredibly with the dramatic swings of my unpredictably variable physical and mental health..
Some of you are probably aware that last year our lives entered a bold new chapter with a purchase of our incredible "forever home".
Since then, we've been striving (aided heavily by Rachel's father) to turn an already gorgeous house into our dream home.
These plans were rather stymied by the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, we'd pretty much broken the back of our designs for reshaping the house by then. It's only really final tweaks that will need to picked up once the world is open for business again.
And who knows what the future will hold?
All I do know I have the best co-pilot since Chewbacca at my side!
Because of the whole lockdown thing this year, we went ultra-romantic with our gifts to each other, essentially just granting each other a set sum to buy our own presents.
Rachel spent her money on some expensive - but very tiny - bits for her dolls house, while I got myself an 8" plush of The Child aka Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian (unfortunately, he isn't due to ship until October) and the first graphic novel of Vagrant Queen (to see if it's as awesome as the TV show).