Sunday, July 15, 2007

Solo mission

I might have let slip once or twice that some of my friends are a touch on the unhinged side. My wife has expressed concern more than once at my casually mentioning some act of pure madness that my friends have engaged upon in the past.

And the list is long. Much too long to get into here. In fact one, if so inclined, could fill a book with it. But for the sake of simplicity, let's just pick a mild and recent act of madness, shall we?

So I get a phone call from Mr. and Mrs. Smith in Nebraska. I thought the call might be venting about the latest political outrages in the United States. Or perhaps some good news on a subject I've been sworn to secrecy on. But no, instead they had a...request.

"We want to send you something to keep you entertained while Cathy is away," they said.

"Well, that's thoughtful, but I really don't need all of Mr. Smith's old porn," I replied.

"No, no," came the some indignant reply (one suspects Mr. Smith wasn't parting with the old porn). "We're going to send you a life-sized cutout and we want you to take photos of him around town."


"Why not? You got anything better to do this summer?"

Fair enough point. Which is how, on Friday, Han Solo came to end up in possession. Costing more in postage, I might add, than the 40 kg TV set we bought 18 months ago.

So yeah, I now have a six foot tall cardboard cutout of Han Solo in my possession. My mission to to now take Han around town over the next couple of weeks and get weird photos of him. So here's a little warm-up of what to expect over the next few weeks.

Han posing in the living room.

Sadly, even while on vacation in the north, there's no shortage of danger, as Darth Tater has the drop on him.

But Han has some luck on his side, as jedis Yoda and Mickey are around to keep Darth Tater in line.

If you can think of other adventures for Han to have in town, or if you wish to participate in his adventures, drop me a line and let me know.


Jen said...

Will this be the Star Wars equivalent to Flat Stanley? I don't envy the looks you will get around town! Have fun!

Geoff Meeker said...

I suggest you pose him with your inukshuk likeness at the top of the page...

nin said...

My wife busted a gut to those photos. Thanks, TB, for taking on the challange!

Kara and Matt said...

That is too funny!!

colette said...

Definitely need a picture of him by the "Road to Nowhere" sign. The sentiment would suit the cynical Han just right.

towniebastard said...

Oh, I have plans for him. The Road to Nowhere, obviously, along with one of the longer, Inuktitut road signs. A nice Inukshuk. In front of Cathy's school, which looks like a UFO anyway. Plus any other sources of inspiration that strike me.

Although I've discovered another downside to Han yesterday (aside from the look from people that insuate that I must be retarded for carrying this thing around) is that it's a cardboard sail. The slightest bit of wind makes the damn thing take off.

Btw, Mr. Smith, what do you want me to do with Han after I'm finished? I can either mail him to you or, as I'm going to St. John's next month, can take him along as luggage.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is too funny! I love it! Here are some ideas:

1. At the Legislative Assembly
2. In line at NorthMart (carrying a reusable bag)
3. With Polar Man
4. Having a smoke outside of the Legion
5. Next to the drum dancer at the Visitors' Centre