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April 14, 2006 - Friday
This is a picture of Harry and Jeremy in front of the actual X-34 Landspeeder that Luke Skywalker, and later Luke and Obi-Wan, used on Tatooine at the beginning of the first Star Wars movie (now known as Episode 4). We saw it today, as well as several other original costumes and props from Star Wars, at the "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" exhibit at the Museum of Science. It's a special exhibit that reaches to compare today's science with some of the futuristic technology of the movies that the boys know so well now, but admittely it was the fanfare of the real R2-D2 and C-3PO, Darth Vader's black cape and mask, Yoda's flock, and more that were the real appeal to Harry and Jeremy.

We had fun, but museums take patience and by the time we got into the Star Wars exhibit we'd already been at the museum for about two hours and patience was in shorter supply. The picture with the Landspeeder (above left), taken right upon entering the exhibit is the happiest picture I got. Harry's face with Darth Vader (right) is not him trying to look menacing like Vader, but rather him looking put upon by what he surely thinks is too many pictures, but what I believe to be museum fatigue. (I took only six photos during the half hour inside the exhibit.)

I admit that it was an error in strategy, or judgement, but when I check ticket availability in the morning plenty where still left for many entry times around the time we planned to get there. So, because it's a bit hard to predict how long it will take to go anywhere with two young boys, I waited to buy tickets. The thought was also that once we arrived, mommy could leave work for a short time and come join us. It didn't work out and we ended up getting tickets for some two hours later. That did mean that the boys and I got to see the dinosaur exhibit, a lightning show (which Harry did not like very much), an animal show with a nervous bobcat, a rocket exhibit, a bird exhibit, and so forth. And for most of it, not so much the lightning show, the boys were great. They even still seemed to be holding plenty of enthusiasm when we finally got in line for and into the Star Wars section. But their collective patience seem to run our when somewhere inside. I'm betting that a week from now this will have seemed like a great time. As it was, it was probably just as well that mommy didn't live work to join us after all.

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