|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 42st anniversary of the arrival of Alien.
Oh, and it also happens to be our fourteenth wedding anniversary!
Rachel and I were married in a Star Wars-themed wedding on the anniversary of the day the original film made its debut in 1977.
The hubbub around May The 4th as Star Wars Day grows every year, especially since 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 an amazing day.
And the adventure continues... thanks to the love of my incredibly 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 a couple of years ago 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 and a crew of amazing gardeners) to turn an already gorgeous house into our dream home.
Although these plans were somewhat stymied by the Covid-19 pandemic, we've carried on as best we can and are this close to declaring mission: accomplished.
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 again this year, essentially just granting each other a set sum to buy our own presents.
As this routine is now old hat, we didn't even bother with synching the gift purchasing to the date of our anniversary.
Once again, Rachel treated herself to tiny little (but expensive) trinkets for her latest dolls house project while I acquired a couple of geeky treats: a graphic novel of The Spider and a Shang-Chi action figure.