Oh. It is Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday felt like a few days packed into two. That was mainly due to work: long day Monday, almost a long day Tuesday because I almost had to run a late errand to s place an hour away from our office. Someone else already headed that way was able to take care of it (yay! One benefit of getting delayed!), but even with that and a late dose of caffeine for me, in preparation for my potential errand, I was tired by day's end and glad I could just go home instead. Yeah, I got a lot done the past two days.
Okay, as crazy-busy as my work week has been, it keeps almost being crazier.
Yesterday, I almost ran an after-work errand to Salem. One hour away.
Today, I almost ran an after-work errand to Bend. Three hours away.
Circumstances changed and others were or are able to do these trips -- people who were going to do them anyway! -- but it's a reminder: for this job I need to be up for almost anything. At least anything legal.
When I told one co-worker what I almost did today, she said she would have laughed at that request. (She also said I should've finagled that into taking a couple of days off out in Bend, 'cause, hey! Resort country!)
By the way, for one of those errands, the person who'll do the errand in my stead is a friend of my boss. He lives in a niiiiiiiiice house in the West Hills (probably far nicer than the one Art Alexakis sang about in "I Will Buy You a New Life"). I entered the house and thought, This is how the other 0.005 percent live. I counted myself lucky I left without breaking anything that costs more than my annual salary.
I have thought of this, so I know other geeks must have pondered this as well:
In The Empire Strikes Back, after Luke sets up his camp on Dagobah and says that he's creeped out by the planet, he adds, "Still -- there's something familiar about this place..."
As we know now, at least according to the prequels, Luke never wound up on Dagobah, so he's not remembering a visit. (Yoda went to the planet on his own, with maybe only Chewbacca and one other Wookiee even possibly knowing of his destination. Doubtful that anyone Jedi-affiliated would have risked visiting Yoda after the execution of the members of the Jedi Order and the establishment of the Galactic Empire. And come to think of it, did Obi-Wan Kenobi ever leave Tatooine at all between bringing Baby Luke there in Revenge of the Sith and meeting grown-up Luke in A New Hope?)
I considered that maybe Luke was picking up on a heavier concentration of the Force, but if that were happening, Luke would be likely to mention that specifically, not give a general "something familiar" about it all.
Maybe he's trying to convince himself that it's familiar? That's not what this is. Desert-raised kid with no swamp experience? I've sort of had that. I lived in Virginia Beach, VA my first 2 1/2 years of life, but then lived in Southern California -- converted desert. Then when I was 8 we moved back to Virginia Beach. That was summer 1982. Virginia Beach is right north of the Dismal Swamp. WELL named. The region's heat and the humidity combined with my-then weak constitution, and the result was the weather made me sick for weeks. I'll share but I won't overshare, so this digression ends now. Luke's not trying to talk himself into feeling a certain way.
Luke remembering the future? Far-fetched, but heck, maybe. He did go back to Dagobah at least once. Maybe the Force can do things to your memories. Thinking of possible futures that were close to what would really happen is part of what messed up Anakin Skywalker as shown in the prequels. Again, a reach, but MAYBE. Why not?
It's possibly just an unused thread of something George Lucas, Leigh Brackett or Lawrence Kasdan wrote way back in the late Seventies, a possible hint of something that didn't pay off later. But I sense that there's an explanation somewhere. But someone on the production thought of that line, and I know others out in the world have tried to figure out why.