|Princess Leia, Pez Dispenser|
Story of Princess Leia, Pez Dispenser
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It was a joyous day in September, 1999. My cousin Bob and his beloved Julie had brought us all together on the occasion of their wedding in beautiful Omaha, Nebraska. At their reception we were shocked to see a stranger sitting at our table. Why, it was none other than Her Plastic Highness, Princess Leia, Pez Dispenser.
It's true--she showed up stag at my cousin's wedding! Her boldness paid off as she quickly rounded up a new retinue. We introduced her to the entire family. We helped her establish communications with local religious and political leaders (those would be the minister and my cousin Steve, member of the Ventura administration). We helped her enjoy all of our "quaint" Earthly wedding traditions--wedding cake, dancing, drinking, signing the guest book, even a little basketball!
Since then Leia has become a regular fellow traveler. She joined Bob and Julie on their honeymoon to Banff. She followed me to Stanford, where I invited her along on trips to Yosemite, Viet Nam, Thailand, Peru, and Mexico. Then in the fall of 2001 she went to Paris (for another wedding), and then she insisted on personally cheering on cousin Cyndi as she ran a marathon in Hawaii to raise money to fight Leukemia.
What's up next for our favorite portable plastic royal person? Rumor has it she's contemplated a trip all the way across the Pacific. It wasn't my idea--someone told her that they still have an Emperor over there. I think she means business this time. She's packing her little plastic light-saber. And some extra Pez. Wish her luck!
You can just scroll down, or click on one of these links to learn about a particular visit: Omaha, Banff, California, Paris, Hawaii, Japan (NEW!!).
Paris! My brother pictured here holding the door for Princess Leia during her recent visit to Le Bon Marche in Paris.
Hawaii! The princess enjoys a fab view of Waikiki as she recovers from helping cousin Cyndi run that marathon.
Click here to read Her Royal Plastic Highness's personal diary entries for her mission to Japan!
Her Pez-Dispensing Majesty also went to Japan. HRPH at Himeji-jo castle in the quarters of another Princess from a bygone era. We can only wonder what she's thinking...