The Dark Side Has Some Light Too

As I mentioned here 2014 will be the year of bloggers, for bloggers. Influenced by, and dedicated to Twindaddy at Stupblog, please enjoy the following. 

Twindaddy is one of my faves. He can seamlessly go from ultra-witty to firm-seriousness in an instant. His blog is full of a potpourri of all different things. Diatribes, poetry, smack downs, insightful essays and much, much more. Our paths crossed some time ago, I think in the comments of someone else’s site. I was surprised when he said that he had heard good things about me around the blogiverse. Wait. I wasn’t surprised that he heard good things, cause I’m awesome (and humble) of course. No, I was surprised that he had heard about me at all. I’m glad we met and look forward to whatever comes in our future.

Star Wars EP1 3D
Star Wars EP1 3D (Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer)

Anyway, Back to the Dark Side!

This happens to be the most recent story for the Year of Bloggers.

About a month ago some friends from Missouri were passing through the DFW area on their way to San Antonio. A couple of days before I got a text asking how far away I was from Plano. At the time I was only about 5-10 miles away. We went back and forth about meeting up and what kind of food we could eat. On the night they came into town we settled on a place called Snuffers, a bar-n-grill with really great burgers and chili cheese fries, and really, really nice service. They arrived and ordered food for the kids about fifteen minutes before I got there. We had just had a winter storm so I took my time, staying on the surface streets. I pulled up and walked in, waving through the window as I walked by. When I walked up the second youngest was standing up in the booth facing me. He’s about two and a half year’s old.

“Hi Jon!”

This is what I usually hear when I see him. I missed hearing it, so it was really great that night. I sat down and we said our hellos. We talked about their trip and my new job. The older kids were preoccupied with the huge TV that was placed on the wall over our heads. The littlest one pretty much just slept the whole time.

We ordered our food and made some more chit-chat. About halfway through my little buddy said

“Hey Jon, can I tell you something?”

“Yeah, go ahead”

“I like your ring”

“Oh, thank you.”

He was talking about my big shiny Masonic ring. We were close to being done with our food and he decided that he wanted to sit next to me and his dad. He crawled under the table and popped up on our booth. He stood there for a second then started humming.

“Dum dum dum dum-dum dum, dum-dum dum.”

It sounded familiar but I could quite put my finger one it. His mom started snickering and said “Star Wars” then she hummed the Imperial March like her son was. “We’ve been watching a lot of Star Wars.

I was pretty much the most awesome thing I’ve seen in quite some time.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing them again, and to see what other Star Wars references that might get made.


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16 thoughts on “The Dark Side Has Some Light Too

    1. Yes, perhaps a blog post would be in order. I’m fascinated by the history of freemasonry, the Mormon church doesn’t mind the symbolism of the ring? Have a nice day 🙂

      1. Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith (and their dad), along with Brigham Young and many, many more of our founding Church members were proud Masons. Currently the Church’s stance on Freemasonry is indifferent. It depends on the member. Some people can, and do use Freemasonry as a sort of Religion. I do not, I already have Religion. I like it for the brotherhood, comradery and for the fact that it gives me yet another chance to give back. If I felt that it was interfering with my Spiritual Well being I would stop.

    2. Not really a back story. I think he was just trying to get our attention. The ring was a gift from my brother on my Birthday just over a year ago. I had just became a Master Mason a couple of weeks before.

        1. Yep. I followed my Grandfather, who was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite. He passed away about a week after I became a Master Mason. I’m glad he lived long enough to know that the legacy was continued.

  1. Thanks for the shout out, BroJo! And that sounds like one bright little boy! Of course, anyone who watches a lot of Star Wars is my new best friend.

    On a side note, I have a Darth Vader coin bank on a book case in my living room. When you either drop a coin in it or press the button on it, it plays a snippet of the Imperial March. Baby C still presses the button and literally marches in circles around my living room while it plays.

  2. Woohoo, my CT got featured! 🙂 We had an honorable conversation and since that day we were bloggy friend ^_^

    And loved your story too, BroJo! That little dude is so adorable.

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