“Got To Be Good-Looking Cause He’s So Hard To See”

I must admit, most of the Christmas presents I received this year were Star Wars related, and I love the crap out of every single thing- to my Captain Phasma mug, new novels, original trilogy pajamas, a new Funko Pop! figure (sweet Finn), and an R2-D2 necklace my sweet man bought me from Kay-just to name a few…but I still enjoy other things! But honestly, if you’re trying to buy me a gift, you could never go wrong with something Star Wars…unless I already have it.

I still got some lovely rock and roll things, though, like Who and Beatles books! And money! Sure, not directly related, but the first I’ve spent of that Christmas money was on the Beatles +1 Blu-Ray. My goodness…if there is one thing I love more than listening to the Beatles, it’s certainly watching them. And I don’t care if that sounds even remotely creepy, because it simply isn’t. I love watchin them change over the years, their silly quirks, and their beautiful faces. If you know me well, you know that Ringo Starr has always been and always will be my number one favorite Beatle. I can’t get enough of him shaking his sweet head of 60’s hair when he’s drumming, his pure blue eyes, his smiling at his bandmates. Everyone else is pretty awesome, too, but naturally I enjoy Ringo the most. Definitely recommend for fellow Beatles fanatics…actually, even if you mildly like them, you should check it out; putting moving faces and hands to their beautiful music is sure to make you fall head over heels. Also, it gives you more of what I love about Pirate Radio or other 60’s themed things/things actually from the 60’s: you see that culture breathe and it’s fantastic.

“And if I Shiver Please Give Me A Blanket,”

“keep me warm, let me wear your coat.”

Or a super cute Christmas sweater.

Last year I ordered this adorable “ugly Christmas sweater” crewneck sweatshirt from TeeFury. I didn’t really wear it last year but this year I wore it when my best friends and I had our own little Christmas gathering this week. LOOK AT IT.


But also, just a week or so ago, I think it was posted on the official Facebook page for the Who or something…doesn’t matter how I found it, just matters that I knew I needed it and it was reasonably priced and free to ship! Look at my beautiful Who Christmas sweater!!


And you bet your cold butt I have been listening to Christmas from Tommy several times this month.

I also saw a Rolling Stones Christmas sweater on their official webstore that was awesome, but it was like $70…I don’t need it, but I would love to have it someday…

“Chewie, We’re Home”

Oh come on…you didn’t think I wasn’t going to post anything about Star Wars The Force Awakens, did you?!

(Perhaps you noticed I’ve neglected you recently, but hey; Christmas shenanigans and work.)

I’m not going to give a full review; rather, I just want the world to know that I love it and adore it and treasure it so dearly! I want to BE Rey. I won’t spoil anything because I know some people (for whatever silly reasons) haven’t seen it yet. But again, Rey is just the coolest person ever. She and my Ahsoka Tano would be glorious ass-kicking besties….

Okay, I actually can’t hold it any longer…just going to say a few things, so if you haven’t seen the movie STOP, THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.

You have been warned.

I thought I could control myself but I can’t. Rey with a lightsaber…oh my God. In all of the previous Star Wars movies, I’ve honestly never cared too much about the action scenes. Yes, lightsabers are a spectacular sight, but the duels never excited me too much. I’ve always been in it for the characters and their stories. But this time around, I’m in awe of simply everything. I don’t think I ever dreamed of a day when we would see a female character have her own lightsaber duel on the big screen. (And no, the little war showing cool ladies like Shaak Ti and Aayla Secura among other Jedi fighting the droid army in Attack of the Clones doesn’t count; it’s just a big war scene). Rey and Kylo Ren having their lightsaber duel in the forest is truly the coolest and most riveting thing I’ve ever seen. I’M READY FOR MORE.



Rey is my new idol. Perhaps part of my New Year’s Resolutions will be to at least try to be a teensy bit as badass as she is. Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8; I’m forever attached to them all.


But as I was saying earlier…sure, Ahsoka is probably dead by this timeline but I’m just going to imagine their awesome friendship in my head regardless. I’m waiting for somebody who is actually talented to illustrate this for me…anyone?!


“The Only Time I Feel Alright is By Your Side,”

Guys, I know it seems like Star Wars is my favorite thing ever, but really it’s 1960’s rock and roll…if it’s even fair to compare movies and music at all (which it’s really not, but just go with it). While Star Wars/A New Hope, Return of the Jedi, and now The Force Awakens are definitely in my top 10 favorite movies ever, I have to tell you what movie has the definitive number one spot in my heart: Pirate Radio.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Pirate Radio, or The Boat That Rocked as it is known overseas, let me educate you. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. It has all it all; goofy humor, an adorable young British man, chronicles of friendship and even family relationships, all set on top of a magnificent celebration of the British Invasion.

I am obsessed with 1960’s music. The Beatles have always been one of my favorite bands ever since I was a little girl. One of my first memories ever is my parents holding open the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve as if reading a picture book out loud to me, teaching me which band member was which. As the years went on, I realized how much I also loved the Rolling Stones. Of course I grew up with their music, but I didn’t appreciate them like I had always appreciated the Beatles until maybe middle school. And last but certainly not least, the past couple of years I’ve delved deeper into The Who and fallen madly in love with them, and there’s no turning back. In between all of this I of course have also appreciated bands like the Kinks (whom I reference in this blog title; All Day and All of the Night just might be my all time favorite ever), the Yardbirds, the Turtles, the Zombies, the Association, Dave Clark Five, and several other artists that may have only had one big hit or two but I love them just the same.

Not only does Pirate Radio have a majestic soundtrack that echoes my iPod, but I also love that culture…the clothes, the dancing….almost everything except for the lack of social justice…anyway! The women they show dancing in this movie are perfection, or perhaps I just say that because that’s how I dance; trying to emulate the stylistic moves of young Beatles-loving, twisting little ladies. Actually, scratch that. The men dance wonderfully in this too, and that’s something that’s tragically absent in today’s general society. In fact, men were so much lovelier back then, not afraid to dance, to hug their best friends, to kiss their fellow men on the cheek whether they loved them romantically or platonically. (If you’ve seen it, just think how when Gavin comes back aboard and Simon runs to hug him sweetly from behind, and when Gavin sees Dave they do that adorable cheek trade. Just so darling. And how Simon nervously holds onto Young Carl’s hand just minutes before his own wedding ceremony is to begin.)

Aside from the perfect music, the beautiful people, the goofiness, the most important thing about Pirate Radio to me is how these people live for music. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, God rest his beautiful soul, perfectly exemplifies how I feel about music, (or rather his character The Count/Carl does) from the beginning while the Kinks’ All Day and All of the Night is playing and he is singing along emanating pure bliss, to when he faces death when their wonderful but illegal radio ship is being hunted down by the government but says this beautiful thing:

“…all over the world, young men and young women will always dream dreams and put those dreams into song. Nothing important dies tonight, just a few ugly guys on a crappy ship. The only sadness tonight is that, in future years, there’ll be so many fantastic songs that it will not be our privilege to play. But, believe you me, they will still be written, they still be sung and they will be the wonder of the world.”

Things like Pirate Radio reassure me that I’m not alone in finding the absolute beauty and necessity in music. It’s just so beautiful, guys. There’s even this adorable blink-and-you-might-miss-it visual reference to the famous “The Kids Are Alright” image of my darling Who wrapped up in the Union Jack. Also…in the credits, not to give anything away, but they show records over the years and all of a sudden Duran Duran’s Rio album pops up. My favorite album by my favorite band…my non-60’s love mixed in there with a movie about my favorite 60’s things: perfection. Also there is this brief moment where it shows a teenage girl kissing her radio, and I did that all the time with my Crosley radio in high school whenever one of my favorite songs came on, before I broke the knob on it…

Since this is my number one favorite movie, I do think about it often, but I was just watching it and glowing with extra joy yesterday. There’s a scene, although it may be brief, during Christmas time and it plays two of my favorite Christmas songs!! One of them being Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys, and the other…crap. I always forget her name, but it’s that epic Christmas song that’s also in the beginning of Gremlins. It’s my own personal tradition to watch it the week of Christmas. I do watch it several other times a year otherwise, but I like giving myself that tiny excuse.

If you’ve never seen it and you like any of the following things, even just one, you need to see it:

  • 1960’s music
  • 1960’s clothes
  • 1960’s dancing
  • British people
  • Beautiful people
  • Romance
  • Friendship
  • Mystery
  • Drama
  • Danger
  • Epic Rescue
  • Music in general
  • Happiness
  • Silly humor
  • History
  • Family ties
  • Hippies
  • Boats
  • Unrequited love
  • Radios
  • Movies
  • Bliss
  • Perfection
  • Sexy people
  • Not so sexy people
  • Not American accents
  • One American accent
  • Games
  • Pirates
  • Drinking
  • Cigarettes
  • Vinyl
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Watching people who can’t swim struggle in the ocean
  • Woodpeckers
  • Books
  • Bunkbeds
  • Roommates
  • Nearly freezing to death deep at sea
  • Tiny boats
  • Just freaking awesome fans
Okay….so basically, just watch it.

“It is time.”

Please picture Rafiki. Got his face in your brain? Okay, we can move on.

GUYS I SEE STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS TONIGHT OH MY GOD. Also, I happen to be blogging this from my brand-spanking new Star Wars Limited Edition HP laptop!! I had to order it and it came in yesterday and it’s perfection. My desktop background changes, and I’ve chosen the Endor theme because Return of the Jedi is my favorite Star Wars movie, and it just makes me so happy. Here is a sample of the lovely images that slowly slideshow on my desktop background.

But to be clear, I was in genuine need of a new computer. My other laptop is going on over 8 years…it’s still working, but not perfectly anymore, and it’s just time. It has all the basic features I want, the Star Wars theme is just a major plus. It’s all I needed and more; I never knew I wanted a backlit keyboard until I saw that this one had it.

More clarifications…I must seem extremely obsessed with Star Wars to you right now…which I am! However, I have the same love for my other favorite things. But they don’t make the same kind of stuff they have been for Star Wars for my other obsessions…every day I make coffee at home and use my Darth Vader Espresso Chocolate creamer. I bought Star Wars mascara by Covergirl recently, and you know the only thing that makes them Star Warsy? They each have various quotes on the bottle; the one I have right now says “there has been an awakening,” from the new movie, of course. And there’s my glorious Star Wars Christmas tree. But guys, I’ve also always wanted an all Disney tree and Rock and Roll tree; this was just my first opportunity to actually have such a thing.

Trust me, if someone out there had made a good laptop with a Rolling Stones or Beatles theme, I would be all over that. My bed comforter features the giant Rolling Stones classic tongue logo, with matching pillows. My mom thinks it’s weird for a 23-year-old woman to have a Rolling Stones bed set…but clearly I don’t! I would have had one in my teen years if I found one back then; I remember looking online and never ever having any luck. Just last year I happened to be looking on eBay for Rolling Stones pillows just for kicks and I stumbled upon my lovely set from a seller in Australia. At the end of my bed I have a Who blanket (of their target logo) folded up but you can see the important part. I still want to get Beatles pillows to just cover my bed in rock and roll, but I haven’t found any that have struck my fancy yet. Also, there may or may not be a Star Wars blanket underneath the Who one…

Aside from my fantastic rock and roll bed, I have Who Framed Roger Rabbit memorabilia in every corner of my bedroom. Just like Star Wars, it has been one of my favorite movies ever since I was a little kid and that hasn’t changed.

See! And yes…that’s my own Homecoming Queen sash on my cardboard Jessica. The shelf that the Jessica doll is on is the one super eclectic with random toys and crap, I swear! The ornament of Jessica and Roger I just have randomly near my make-up crap.  And the cookie jar with Jessica, Roger, and Benny the Cab holds receipts!

But guys….STAR WARS!!!!


“Mudd hole? Slimey? My home, this is!”

Man, I love Yoda.

Recently Hallie and I have been watching all the Star Wars movies in preparation for The Force Awakens…however, we started too late and our schedules haven’t matched up lately so now I’m sitting here watching The Empire Strikes Back by myself. It’s okay, certainly not the first time…but anyway…watching Yoda in the prequels makes watching him here in his original form so much better and quite rewarding. He’s so freaking cute and funny. He is just the best. In Revenge of the Sith, we see his power and strength, yet towards the end he’s all like “exile, I must go. Failed, I have,” and that honestly makes me cry. YOU WILL NEVER FAIL IN MY HEART, SWEET YODA!

And Luke…I love him, but geez is he so mean to Yoda!! Sure, he doesn’t know Yoda is Yoda…but still. It’s okay; he gets his act together once he realizes it…



“She’s a Rebel”

I’m not obsessed with Green Day but hey, they’ve got some good stuff.

Anyway, the rebel I’m thinking about is none other than Ahsoka Tano. For those of you don’t know, she was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan learner in the series Star Wars The Clone Wars, and now she’s on Star Wars: Rebels as a leader of the rebellion against the Empire. She is awesome and I love her. Also, the woman who voices her is the immensely talented Ashley Eckstein, who also designs a clothing line called Her Universe for nerdy women! I’ve probably got a bit of a girl crush but that’s besides the point.

P.S. I’m aware all I’ve talked about today is Star Wars…it is because I just love it so much. But don’t worry, I’ll write about my other obsessions soon enough. This week, though…THE FORCE AWAKENS FINALLY COMES OUT OH MY GOD. My brain is literally just like STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS. And I’m not going to apologize for it.

Back to the awesomeness of Ahsoka Tano…I’m just going through episodes of Clone Wars for kicks and to accommodate my Star Wars needs until Thursday night, and I just love her more every time I watch her. In fact, I love her so much, that I would even let this happen:

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Woody is struck right in the heart (or other places) by my main lady Jedi.

Before I was in love with Luke Skywalker, I declared that Woody was my husband. And yes, I was like 3 when that happened, and nobody in my family will ever forget it therefore I can’t forget it. And it’s okay! Woody is just awesome. Similar to how I disliked Natalie Portman while she was dating Hayden Christiansen, I couldn’t stand Bo Peep. Actually, I STILL can’t stand her…which is why I’m especially angry about the premise of Toy Story 4…but we will save that for another day.

Ahsoka Tano is the only one other than myself worthy for my cowboy.

And yes, I’m obsessed with Disney Infinity…yet another topic for another day! Or at the very least, I’ll post pictures of my collection after I receive the characters from The Force Awakens.

Okay, that’s for all for now! AHSOKA LIVES!!


“She was very beautiful. Kind, but…sad.”

It has taken me several years to get to this point…but I have finally seen the light.

Padme Amidala, late secret wife of Anakin Skywalker, mother of glorious twins Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa, was a strong, badass, amazing woman who honestly doesn’t get enough credit.

Why did it take me several years to finally realize how cool she was, you ask? Well, you see, awkward-middle-school-Rita was madly in love with Hayden Christiansen (what can I say; I like the Skywalker men).  Back then, while us Star Wars fans were waiting for what we thought was going to be the last major Star Wars movie we were ever going to get, I was planning my marriage to the real-life Anakin Sykwalker. And Natalie Portman not only played Hayden’s love in the movies, but they were also dating in real life at the time. So, she was in my way.

Fast forward about a decade later, having watched the prequels over and over AND the animated series Clone Wars (the one that didn’t look exactly like Samurai Jack), I realized that Padme is actually kinda awesome. You can see where Princess Leia gets it from; they are the both damsels in distress that get themselves out of said distress. They are both opinionated and strong-willed and they would probably intimidate the crap out of you in person, but yet they are both just so darling and compassionate that you would probably instantly fall in love.

Also, there’s this moment from Attack of the Clones, where Padme was ahead of the boys pretty much the second they were all chained up:

Padme, like a boss!!!:

Amid my new-found appreciation for the former Queen of Naboo, I found myself angry. Okay, if you read my previous post, you know I love Luke Skywalker. His blue eyes and blue lightsaber still get me every time. But I wished he cared more about his mother. Sure, he asks Leia in Return of the Jedi about her, but that conversation is brief, nor was he concerned about who his mother was before he found out the truth about his family, when he simply thought his father was a pilot. I know, it’s not my sweet Luke’s fault. Uncle Owen and aunt Beru didn’t seem to tell him anything about her either. Sure, they met her only briefly and perhaps they didn’t assume that woman they met that one time was the mother of the sweet baby boy they ended up taking care of. But come on, they should have; I don’t think anyone would bring someone they didn’t really care about when they sense their mother is danger and they must go home. I’m going to mostly blame Owen on this one. Or, really, I should just entirely blame George Lucas. Sure, he didn’t necessarily have the prequels perfectly planned while making the original trilogy, but everyone has a mother. He chose to have the parental focus entirely on Darth Vader, and it just makes me so mad now. I also feel really sad thinking that Luke and Leia know diddly squat about their awesome mother. Actually, I kinda think maybe Leia knew a little bit; after all, Bail Organa was good friends with Padme, it would be kinda wrong if he didn’t tell Leia anything about the woman she truly came from. Alas, we don’t know that for sure and it makes me sad.

Point is, I really want the Skywalker family portrait, guys. I know, it would be a totally different story if Anakin didn’t turn to the Dark Side and Padme hadn’t died just after giving birth to the coolest twins ever, but it’s fun to fantasize about the beautiful, strong, unstoppable family of the Force that would have been.

Recently I started to collect those awesome little Funko Pop! Vinyl figures, and limited myself to Star Wars ones for now in an effort to control my spending…considering they have a billion Disney ones and even Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles characters, I would most definitely be broke by now if I hadn’t set a theme. I promise, this is still quite relevant to Padme. The first one I bought was Princess Leia in her classic white gown. She was so freaking adorable, I couldn’t stop gushing at her. (I know, I’m a bit of a big dork). I also acquired Luke in his all black Return of the Jedi outfit, and decided I needed Padme. I needed Padme to be with her children for once, DAMNIT! The only figure they had of her was in her iconic Queen Amidala form, and of course they were discontinued when I decided I wanted one so I had to go to eBay. But I found her, and Padme can finally be with her awesome children.

Apparently I can’t upload videos on here but please, picture their cute little heads bobbing, as they are bobble-heads. Also, even more importantly, I urge you to listen to “Mother and Child Reunion” by Paul Simon in your head. Or if you don’t know, here it is:

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“I am a Jedi, like my father before me,”

Just kidding; my dad doesn’t even give a crap about Star Wars.


Guys. Oh my God. Oh. My. FREAKING. GOODNESS. Guys, Star Wars The Force Awakens is only TWO SLEEPS AWAY!!! At least for me, my tickets are for Thursday night. And yes, I stole that from The Muppet Christmas Carol, because this year I’m more excited about the new Star Wars than Christmas, or anything else for that matter. I’m having a beautiful flashback to when I was little and my aunt Adelaida was describing the cover of the original Star Wars VHS tape, which was all black with Vader’s shiny helmet, before it was dubbed A New Hope, over the phone to me. I had no idea what it was but I was incredibly excited for it because of the enthusiasm in my aunt’s voice, and thankfully I was not disappointed. I was in love. I thought Mark Hamill was just the cutest young man ever, that Luke Skywalker was both adorable and badass. I had an ornament of him but my parents haven’t been using our eclectic collection of family ornaments the last few years so I haven’t seen him in a while. However, I’m somewhat making up for it; this year, my parents let me decorate our new mini Christmas tree in all Star Wars ornaments!! Just for this year. But still, I’m so happy about it, looking at it just makes me beam. I would have gotten Luke out for it but he is trapped in storage…but in my heart he is there.



The round ones I don’t have close-ups of here are from a Force Awakens themed set. Perhaps I’ll post more close-ups in the days to come…

“Focusing on nowhere, investigating miles,”


If you don’t already know me, you’re probably wondering who I am, naturally. Perhaps you’re also wondering why I’ve bothered starting a blog. Well, I don’t have a solid answer for that other than I love writing and this will be my way of forcing myself to write consistently. Also, I’m fairly certain that I’m suffering from a somewhat mild existential crisis. The only thing I’m certain of is that I am obsessed with pop culture; music, books, movies- I am passionately attached to entertainment. Are my obsessions at a healthy level? Who’s to say? All I know is that I am not the only one. Debbie Harry, the lead singer of legendary rock band Blondie, once said “I’m a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all,”. My lifelong idol has seemingly validated, at least to me, that my many loves in life are perfectly alright. My favorite songs, my favorite musicians, my favorite stories- they are all in my soul, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Part of me wishes I could be more useful to society and offer philosophical life advice or something equally helpful, but I’ve recently accepted that I’m nowhere near figuring my life out. Yes, I intend to form some sort of game plan, but until then I’m content letting my favorite music and movies bring me any joy they can in between reflecting upon my failures. Listening to a perfect mix of Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Who, Duran Duran, and my other favorites in the morning as I get ready for work make the day just slightly less miserable. Then again, it doesn’t always help; this morning as I was parking my darling Ruby Tuesday in the dreaded parking lot of the blue and yellow Hell I work in, “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult JUST started as I finished parking, and I was so pissed and sad. I very seldom hear that song on the radio, and even though it’s not even one of my favorite songs of all time, the intro just simply excited me and made leaving my car and the radio for a long day of working even more miserable than that task already was.

Alas, I am not here to complain. I am here simply to share my passions with all of you, whether we agree on everything or not!

OH! Before I forget, in case you don’t happen to also be madly in love with the Beatles and the Who, please know that my domain name is a reference to songs by both of those bands. More importantly, my name actually is Rita, but I am not vain; I am simply capitalizing on the fact that my name is in a song title by my second favorite band ever! Want to know who’s number one? Well, you just might have to stick around.