Alien Day



In the summer of 1986, my late stepfather dragged my mother and I to see a film called Aliens. I should point out that I was 8-going-on-9 years-old, and the only aliens I knew of were E.T., Spock, and Yoda. This was the first time I was introduced to the Xenomorph.

The entire film kept me on the edge of my seat – literally, in case I needed to duck and cover, to avoid any potential nightmares. But, there was no need for that. Newt – the child survivor from the colony – provided comfort. Therefore, my eyes remained glued to the screen, as I rode this magnificent rollercoaster.

When my biological father picked me up that following Saturday, for my regular weekend visit, I told him all about it. Sure enough, my father informed me that Aliens was a sequel to Alien. I remember being fascinated by the clever use of pluralization in a sequel title.

My father worked night shifts, so my mornings were his evenings. When we arrived to his apartment, he inserted a particular VHS cassette into the VCR. He yawned, “Enjoy,” and then disappeared into his bedroom. I wouldn’t see him again until sometime in the afternoon. I would usually spend this time watching Saturday Morning Cartoons. But, this time, I remained in the living room with the crew of the USCSS Nostromo.

I should point out again that I was 8-going-on-9 years-old.

Holy shit, what a terrifying film that was! Of course, the chest-bursting scene disturbed the hell out of me, but I absolutely loved Alien. I also admired how the ending blends in perfectly with the opening of its sequel. A few years later, when we had two VCRs, I spliced them together, to make one long movie. Ah, the VCR days…

1986 marked the year I learned how bad-ass filmmakers Ridley Scott and James Cameron truly are.

“They mostly come at night. Mostly.”

Happy Alien Day!


Star Wars Celebration 2017


April 13-16, 2017 – Orlando, Florida


Here’s a 12-minute video highlighting the entire convention:

UPDATE: For additional content on Star Wars Celebration 2017, check out my post from May 25, 2017, 40 Years with Star Wars and the Videos page.

Transcribed from my Bullet Journal:

04/12/2017 – Wednesday

  • Car service to airport @ 4:45AM.
  • Flight from NY to FL @ 6:20AM.
  • I re-watched ROGUE ONE on my iPhone 7 Plus.
  • Arrival in Orlando, FL @ 9:05AM.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – all afternoon
  • Lunch – 2:15PM @ the Sci-Fi Dine-In
  • Disney Springs
  • Dinner & Drinks @ The Hangar Bar

04/13/2017 – Thursday

  • Star Wars Celebration – Day One.
  • 40th Ann. panel w/George Lucas & Harrison Ford!
  • John Williams conducted 20-minutes of music.
  • Mark Hamill photo op @ 1:00PM
  • Dinner @ Toothsome / Universal City Walk

04/14/2017 – Friday

  • Star Wars Celebration – Day Two.
  • THE LAST JEDI panel.
  • Shopped in the exclusive Star Wars Celebration Store.
  • STAR WARS GALACTIC NIGHTS @ Hollywood Studios.

04/15/2017 – Saturday

  • Star Wars Celebration – Day Three.
  • Billy Dee Williams photo op @ 5:00PM.
  • 501st Showdown at the Cantina @ 8:00PM.
  • Weird Al put an amazing 1-hour concert.
  • Drinks and Dancing all night long.
  • We all got to bed by 3:00AM.

04/16/2017 – Easter Sunday

  • Star Wars Celebration – Day Four.
  • Woke up @ 8:00AM.
  • Had brunch at our hotel.
  • Mark Hamill appeared on stage in the exhibitor hall.
  • Returned to Disney Springs.
  • Had dinner @ The Hangar Bar. Again.

04/17/2017 – Monday

  • Shuttle to airport @ 10:20AM.
  • Flight back to New York @ 12:20PM.
  • Edited rough cut video of our entire trip.
  • Dinner at our favorite local taco joint.
  • Passed out.
  • The End.