my first son born son & STAR WARS

OK… so i was born in 1972. When Star Wars “A New Hope” hit the Drive In’s here in Australia late in 1977 / early in 1978 i was at the perfect age of 5 ½ to 6 years old. So when i, dressed in my flannel pajamas with my dressing gown wrapped around me, saw that film sitting in my families Kingswood at the Southport Drive-In, with the old mono speaker hanging in the car window, i was done for. Star Wars captured my imagination like nothing else had and i became one of the millions of the children of the 70′s that got lost in George Lucas’ creation.
With that in mind you will understand when i tell you that i have thought long and hard about the time when my first born son {and further sons} are of the age for THE introduction to Star Wars.
For the uninitiated – There are now 6 full length films {plus clone war cartoons & clone war digitally animated series, etc } – in the order of their release:
episode # – title – year – abbreviation
episode 4 “A New Hope” 1977 {ANH} also known as just “star wars”
episode 5 “The Empire Strikes Back” 1980 {TESB}
episode 6 “Return Of The Jedi” 1983 {ROTJ}
episode 1 “The Phantom Menace” 1999 {TPM}
episode 2 “Attack Of The Clones” 2002 {AOTC}
episode 3 “Revenge Of The Sith” 2005 {ROTS}
so what order do you do them in? The way George made them {as listed above}? or in the chronological time line of the universe: 1 TPM, 2 AOTC, 3 ROTS, 4 ANH, 5 TESB, 6 ROTJ ?? They seem to be the biggest two debates {other than the hard core haters who believe 1, 2 & 3 should not exist}…

But after much thought i knew there must be a better way to incorporate them all, and i have decided to do what i will call “the flash back method“: 4 ANH > 5 TESB – then “flash back” to 1 TPM > 2 AOTC > 3 ROTS and finish with 6 ROTJ! Now i know this is controversial and many will argue against leaving everything hanging at the end of Ep 5 TESB, but i am sure and determined! you leave the story line of Luke Skywalker & Darth Vader hanging there as you go back and tell the back story of Anakin – Darth Vader. it’s inspired i tell you!
** it was also confirmed to be a stroke of genius when i heard one of the biggest Star Wars geeks in the universe {and i say that with respect}: Arnie from SW Action News prepose the exact same order in one of his podcasts….

Now i also want to try and create a little bit of the atmosphere of what the films are going for and stretch out the experience. So i present to you:

The DJ Paine Star Wars Installment Plan.

How i am breaking up the Star Wars films for my sons when they are almost 6 years old.

Night 1 ANH part 1: to Luke’s decision to follow Obi Wan. {0:40:47}

Night 2 ANH part 2: to getting desperate in the trash compactor. {1:21:00}

Night 3 ANH part 3: to the end of the film.

Night 4 TESB part 1: to Luke passing thru Dagobah’s atmosphere. {0:39:40}

Night 5 TESB part 2: to Luke leaving Dagobah. {1:22:07}

Night 6 TESB part 3: to the end of the film.

Night 7 TPM part 1: to Qui-Gon getting blood test results. {0:49:05}

Night 8 TPM part 2: to “Wesa going home!” they leave for Naboo. {1:32:55}

Night 9 TPM part 3: to the end of the film.

Night 10 AOTC part 1: to after they kiss {0:43:56}

Night 11 AOTC part 2: to after the funeral {1:24:32}

Night 12 AOTC part 3: to the end of the film.

Night 13 ROTS part 1: to “is it possible to learn this power? not from a jedi” {0:46:03}

Night 14 ROTS part 2: Anakin leaves Padme {1:26:15}

Night 15 ROTS part 3: to the end of the film.

Night 16 ROTJ part 1: to the death of Yoda {0:43:30}

Night 17 ROTJ part 2: to the fleet hitting hyperdrive {1:24:15}

Night 18 ROTJ part 3: to the end of the film. THE END!!!

What do ya think?

anticipation

as mentioned a couple of days ago, i have a second interview with compassion australia tomorrow {friday 18th} for the position of Event & Partner Artists Relationship Manager. the thing is, i really want the job. in the week since the first interview and actually thinking about it, praying about it and researching up on it, my heart has changed and i am totally all about this job…. Psalm 37:4 {in the king james english} Delight thyself also in the LORD: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. i’ve grown to understand the meaning of this promise not as Father being the genie or santa clause in the sky, but as the more amazing beauty that happens when one is in love with Father and is walking with Him, and His spirit changes their heart, moulds it like pottery… changes the very desires one has, changes the outlook and motivation of ones heart… in some way i feel like He has done that in my heart, and now my desire is for this job, where a week ago the desire wasn’t reallythere.
but the more i want it it, the greater the anxiety that i’m gonna muck it up somehow… in the style of Larry DavidCurb Your Enthusiasm and that i am setting myself up for disappointment. somehow i’m gonna do some i am not an anxious person, not a nervous person, i’m pretty unflappable really, and i’m sure come tomorrow 1:30pm sydney time, i’ll be fine. it’s just the now- this before time, the anticipation is like a bowling ball sitting in my stomach.
anyway, here’s the deal: tomorrow i get up {QLD time} at 3:30am, we bundle everyone up and pile in the car and drive the one hour and 15 minutes to brisbane airport for the 6am flight to newcastle. {after last weeks fiasco of missing the flight, i’m not taking any chances.} i hire a car from newcastle airport and cruise around till around lunch time, when i’ll have to find somewhere to get changed and then head over to the Compassion HQ. 1:30 interview and then more hanging around. i then cruise back to the airport, drop car, catch bus to the train station and then go the hour on the train to gosford – where i will be hanging, staying, speaking and photographing at the 3-5-1 camp, that part will be fine, fun and rewarding. it’s just tomorrow in newcastle….
hey, if you are the praying type then please talk to Father about me and this job. i’m all pregnant with expectation…

the weekend of meg & dj’s wedding

last night we got in back home to southport from our trip to sydney, just benita and i, the boys stayed here on the gold coast with my folks…
it was a massive weekend- and to tell the story right i have to give you a little back story…
here’s the rundown:
the end of 2007 & the first week of this new year, benita and i have been talking and praying about what are we going to do in this new year… what does our Father want for us? where is this road taking us? where do we want to go from here? it’s not a mid life crisis {well maybe if i die at 70} but we feel that change is brewing out on the horizon. we talked about taking my experience and skills with the christian music industry, my passion for helping people and not to mention my photography and using all of that in an organisation that is actually doing something worthwhile…. names like “Compassion” & “the Bible Society” came up and we prayed about it….
wednesday 2nd jan – benita finds a job advertised for “Event & Partner Artists Relationship Manager” for Compassion Australia. applications close in two days on friday 4th.
thursday 3rd & friday 4th, struggle through and write a resume, first real resume i’ve done in over 14 years. i email it off by the cut off time…

fast forward a week.
friday 11th jan – wake up at 4:44am here on southport, gold coast. my mum comes over around 5am to pick us all up and take benita and i to coolangatta airport. it is pouring down with rain, and i mean pouring. we arrive 5 minutes after jetstar’s check in time cut off and have to pay $120 to get transferred onto the next flight to sydney. thanks jetstar.
say goodbye to my mum the boys, no tears so that’s good. it’s the first time both benita and i have left both of them for a night, let alone three.
the flight to sydney is only just over an hour, but at the moment new south wales and the south eastern states are all on daylight savings and we are not, so we leave around 7:30 and arrive in syndey at around 9:45; loose an hour. Matthew “mistery” Peet picks us up 10am {sydney time} and we head back to his place in Auburn – on the way to his place i get a phone call from Liz from Compassion, good news; i’m on the short list for the job, and since i’m in sydney {i had mentioned that in my email} am i able to come up to newcastle for a “pre”-interview” with one of the men who will be doing the real interviews next week. “no problems!” i say “see you at 1:30.”

we drop matt and turn around and drive straight to newcastle. get there on 1:30 and head in for a two hour chat with the very enlightening David Harrison of Compassion. benita sat in on the interview too, and it went great. after confirming i definitely should make the actual interviews with the rest of the decision makers on friday 18th, David showed us around the very impressive new compassion complex and we waved goodbye around 4pm.
we jumped back in to mistery’s old Hyundai Excel and drove directly back to sydney, to a pre wedding family dinner with the Keegans & Proctors at the Keegans house in Quakers Hill. David & Claire were invited too, so we had a wonderful dinner with all the wonderful family. catching up with always great Kyle Keegan.
we then drive over the tracks into seven hills and stay with our dear friends Keren & Claudio “wizdm” Rodriguez for the night.

saturday 12th jan – it was team DJP all the way – me, b and dave & claire faulmann {benita’s brother}. we do the boys at the keegans, we do the girls at the proctors, ceremony, afternoon tea/reception, family shots, bridal party, the couple… from 9am to 9pm. the couple: meg & DJ, are incredible. i’ve known them both since they were kids. seriously. i first met DJ when his family came out to australia from the USA in 1991, he was 5. they are great friends and just two of the most beautiful people ever. it was an honour to photograph their day, and in all seriousness, we did an amazing job. world class. award winning. we are awesome.
back to Keren & Claude’s for the night.

sunday 13th jan – had a nice slow morning catching up with claude & keren at their place, we did a little shopping, repacked everything, bought some plane tickets for this coming weekend, had lunch with them back at their place, looked at keren’s latest europe photographs and then we headed out to “The Embassy” and got to hang out with them for their first service of 2008.

we lost an hour coming back – left at 9:25pm and arrived at 9:45pm – not bad. my oldest mate Aaron Spence came and picked us up and dropped us back home where we fell into our water bed and collapsed of exhaustion at around 11pm…

phew!
what a weekend!
and back to newcastle i fly this friday…
in the meantime check out these shots of team DJP at the end of a massive wedding shoot:
the always spectacular claire & david faulmann:

benita the angel of light and the dark one:

and if you read all that. you are awesome.

leave a comment why don’t you!

good news bad news good news

so we’ve moved…
we started sleeping here at 9 north street in our beloved old two story “queenslander”on sunday night 19th august. and it’s going great. we love it.
the day before we started sleeping here we got 4 new tires on our station wagon. benita found a great deal at the local Goodyear dealership. 4 new goodyear tyres fitted and wheel balance, with a 6 month check up etc… all for $360. good deal. very happy.
week one – monday august 20th > sunday august 26th 
for the first week we were in here, it really rained all weekseriously. it was crazy- so much rain. on the saturday 25th benita’s parents “papa will & mama dot” arrived here on the coast for a weeks holiday with us. sunday 26th was Galvin’s 1st birthday – we had a great day, even though he slept through most of his party.
week two – monday august 27th > sunday september 2nd 
benita was pretty sick {i think her body went into shut down mode because her mum was here to take over} but we managed to have a great time with the folks- we painted the living room, b, the boys and her folks plus our good friend shelly spence & her son elijah- went toDreamworld on thursday, it was drummond and galvin’s first time… aaahhhh. on friday {which was a public holiday here on the gold coast – for the gc show} they all went up to tambourine mountain for the afternoon…. the in-laws left on saturday 1st september – it was great having them here!
now last week around thursday, i had a flat tire {oh that’s why you talked about the tires…} and i changed the tire and thought nothing of it, then friday i had two flat tires, and then the next day three. talking to one of our neighbors he said that someone kept doing it, and he had gone through six tires! and as some people know, if you have any damage to the wall of your tyre then there is nothing you can do, in australia it’s not legal to fix them. so saturday i was pretty bummed.
today my folks came over and i was able to use their car to take the tyres off mine and fill em back up with air, put them back on and i drove out to the dealer. Nathan and the team there said they would take a look, they were pretty banmboozled. i prayed like crazy that they could fix them cheap or something, money is tight at the moment so i really begged Father that something good would happen….
i gotta phone call a little while later, Nathan said that he and the Goodyear Area Rep had a look and said the tires had all been “staked” and they were ruined… they felt really bad for us, so the rep decided to GIVE US FOUR FREE TYRES – no charge, fitted, balanced, the works.
i nearly cried.
so that made my day, and they now have a costumer for life, and i will recommend them to anyone!
if you are around this way and need tyres. check them out.
needless to say we will be parking under our house from now on.

so there ya go…
our first two weeks in southport! weeeee