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Unhealthy Star Wars Relationship, Special Meeting, Story Time

Here are 5 things going on in the area today.

Good morning, Granbys! Today is Monday, Dec. 19, 2011; there are 12 days left in the year and just five shopping days ‘til Christmas.

So I’m watching the Star Wars movies for the 10 millionth time and it dawned on me what an unhealthy relationship C3PO has with R2D2. Talk about co-dependent. I mean, when something goes wrong for 3PO, he immediately lashes out at R2. For example, when he gets caught in the Millenium Falcon’s circuitry during the escape from the Death Star in Episode IV, C3PO blames R2. I also can point to at least four times when C3PO resorts to physical violence on the R2 unit when R2 doesn’t obey what 3PO wants. He kicks R2 (see, e.g., when they part ways on Tattooine), he slaps R2, he verbally abuses R2 (remember when he says that he doesn’t like the little droid because he won’t play back the Leia message in “A New Hope?”) The best part of the whole thing is that C3PO is an etiquette and protocol droid who is evidently programmed to tee off on his robot brethren when they don’t do as he says. C3PO may be fluent in over 6 million forms of communication, but when push comes to shove, he can't express himself in any other way than with his metallic fists. Not cool. Not cool at all.

I think 3PO is just frustrated because, let’s face it, when push comes to shove, it’s R2D2 going up with Luke in the X-Wing fighter, it’s R2D2 who fixes the hyper-drive on the Falcon and it’s R2D2 who shot the light saber out of his noggin to liberate everyone from Jabba the Hutt’s party barge.

Thing is, R2 keeps coming back for more abuse from 3PO. Those two are kind of that human couple you avoid because they are either always at each other’s throats or macking with each other uncomfortably in public. One minute you’re wondering if you should call the police, the next you are begging them to get a room. Anyway, it’s just a toxic relationship. I think R2 can do better.

Here’s your Daily 5:

1. There is a special Town Meeting in Granby today in the Town Hall meeting room at 7 p.m. to vote on an appropriation of funds related to the storm cleanup.

2. The Granby Board of Selectmen will meet today at 7:30 p.m. immediately after the special Town Meeting.

3. "The Hat," a nature story time presented by the Connecticut Audubon Society for children ages 3-5, will be held at the Granby Public Library at 1:30 p.m.

4. There's a holiday after-school craft at Auer Farm in Bloomfield.

5. The Granby Memorial High boys basketball team faces Capital Prep at 7 p.m. on the road.

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