September 17th, 2004


Jawa? What's a Jawa? What's this picture about anyway!

So basically George Lucas felt pressured into releasing Star Wars on DVD now (instead of 5 years ago when it should have been released!) because he was worried that if he waited any longer that people would just pirate it and not buy it!?! Are you kidding me? The Star Wars franchise is probably one of the biggest movie franchises ever. Even assuming that 50% of all copies were pirated that still works out to *does the math* 80 bajillion quadrillion dollars! Are you kidding me! Piracy should be the LEAST of your concerns. It's not like your legions of loyal fans haven't already bought three copies of your damn movies anyway. Argh!

AP: Why did you change your mind and decide to put the original three movies out on DVD now?

Lucas: Just because the market has shifted so dramatically. A lot of people are getting very worried about piracy. That has really eaten dramatically into the sales. It really just came down to, there may not be a market when I wanted to bring it out, which was like, three years from now. So rather than just sit by and watch the whole thing fall apart, better to bring it out early and get it over with.

From an interview with Lucas.

In the game of rock-paper-sailboat, rock beats sailboat

So I should give a little background before I tell the story. Sometime about a year ago the house directly next door to me had a family living in it one day, and just about the next day they were up and gone. No for sale sign on the house, no moving vans, just an empty house.

So the house has been sitting empty for the longest time. The only change being that a For Sale By Owner sign that was up for about a week. Otherwise I'd guess it's been roughly a year that the house has been completely vacant. It's mostly trashed from what I can see through the windows, and the yard is trashed too. In fact when they left they even abandoned the van that's been in the driveway.

Rumor around the neighborhood was that the family living there got a divorce, the husband lost his job, and his house got foreclosed upon. Kind of the triple-crown of life sticking it to you. I don't know how true it is, but that's what I heard. My aunt is a mortgage broker so I had her lookup the status of the house since it's been empty so long and in the last 10 years it has had 8 different mortgages and refinances applied to it. Each one for more money than the last.

Finally someone showed up at the house after I got home from work, and I went over to talk to him. It was a guy from the bank checking on the status of the house. I told him it had been empty about a year and he was shocked. He said they'd try and clean it up and get it back on the market in the next couple of weeks. We were standing on the porch talking so I got to glance inside and it looks even worse than what I saw through the windows. Food all over the floor, and broken glass everywhere. So I guess that ends the mystery of the house, pretty wild.

On the walk back from that house I found this letter in the dirt between our houses. It such a sad thing to find knowing a little more about the history.