Greetings to all my fellow Jedi! With a pot of Rootleaf Stew simmering on the stove top, I thought it appropriate to get a post in. So, here is the March update!
First off, as you can see by the pictures attached, I had an opportunity to visit the Yoda Fountain. If you are unfamiliar with the fountain below I have included an excerpt which I pulled from the 421st revision to the book, or was it the 501st or the 1,138th revision? Needless to say, between all the adventures and additional revisions I am losing hope that the book will be completed in time for Celebration this year. However, just past Celebration is Star Wars Day, so that is my new target. If I get it done before then, I will consider that a big bonus. I have made great progress towards completion in the last few weeks, plus I had some insightful inspiration occur to me while cooking my stew just a few minutes ago that I can’t wait to share with everyone. Regardless, I have made what I consider to be the final revisions to the first 5 chapters (except for the new addition below) so I can now include them in proposals in an effort to get this book printed by a traditional publisher.
Now, to the Yoda Fountain. This small excerpt is in a part of the book where I try to explain the following two questions. Why Star Wars? Why the Jedi? I want to go through this at least one more time to possibly clean it up and revise it some more but I think this is pretty close to how it will appear in the book. Enjoy!
But just in case all of those reasons were not enough to convince you of the need for heroes in general and specifically the Jedi, let me tell you a story about an experience I recently had. It was just a short time ago in March of 2015 (it was on Pi day, to be exact) when I went on a pilgrimage to the Yoda Fountain. For those that are unfamiliar, the Yoda Fountain is a 26 inch “life size” bronze statue of Yoda sitting atop a fountain in a small alcove at the entrance to Lucasfilm, which is located in the Presidio area of San Francisco and just a short distance from the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a beautiful day in the Bay Area, with high cirrus clouds to diffuse the intensity of the midday sun. My journey to the fountain involved a hike of over seven miles from the light rail station at the Civic Center of San Francisco. I enjoyed my stroll through the neighborhoods of the City by the Bay even though the trip to the Presidio seemed to be entirely uphill.
Shortly after entering the Presidio area I found the statue after a little searching and took the obligatory tourist photos and selfie, but instead of the other tourists who came and quickly left, I stayed in the small courtyard for a little more than an hour. While I was there I must have seen at least 100 people stop by and visit their favorite Dagobah resident. They were ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, fans of all ages, ranging from a few months of age to some octogenarians. They were of all ethnicities and races, and I personally heard Russian, French, German, and the Queen’s English being spoken. And out of all of these diverse groups of people, all of them, without exception, began to smile when they rounded the corner and caught their first glimpse of Yoda standing atop his burbling fountain. Their happiness was a palpable vibe that was joyous and overpowering, and you didn’t need to be a Jedi to feel and experience it. People feel happy and secure and like they are a part of an order when they are around Yoda. That is why we are drawn to the Jedi.