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Tue, October 28, 2014

The Smuggler and the Princess

What’s a Dad to Do When His Daughter Wants to Dress as Han Solo?
…put on a Princess Leia costume, of course.

October 26, 2014 by Tom Burns

Ever since my daughter was old enough to make special requests, I’ve let her pick my Halloween costumes. Having kids at Halloween is a lot of fun and watching the sheer delight that my daughter receives from having me dress up to meet her normally very polite requests is tremendously satisfying. Over the past three years, I’ve been Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz from Phineas & Ferb, Wreck-It Ralph, and Grunkle Stan from the fantastic kids’ show Gravity Falls. All year, my daughter had been expressing her interest in going as Hermione Granger for Halloween, so I was preparing myself to throw together a Snape or Professor Lupin costume. But then, after I showed my seven-year-old Star Wars for the first time, she turned to me and asked…

“Do you think I could be Han Solo for Halloween?”

Immediately, I responded “Yeah, why, of course, you could. That would be amazing. Why couldn’t you be Han Solo?” And, even though I didn’t want her response to come, it did. “Welll…. I’m a girl.”

Screw that. I grabbed my laptop and started showing her some really excellent examples of other girls and women cosplaying as Han Solo. She nearly shrieked when I showed her one of the members of Team Unicorn (a geek-girl pop culture group that she loves) in full Solo regalia and then I found this extremely cool tutorial on how to make a Han Solo costume for a woman from The Stylish Geek.

My daughter’s eyes went wide. She was sold on the idea. This could happen. But then she turned and looked at me, “But what are you going to be?” She thought for a second and said “Well, if I’m a Han Solo, you should probably be Princess Leia, I guess…” She looked at me with an implied question in her eyes. And, c’mon, if I immediately told her “YES, a girl can be Han Solo,” it would’ve been pretty hypocritical of me to say “Nope, a boy can’t be Princess Leia.” So, as quickly as I could, I said, “That would be FANTASTIC. I totally should be Leia.”

And that’s exactly what I did. Because that’s what dads do.

I’ll admit—my take on Princess Leia Organa isn’t 100% flattering to Carrie Fisher, but, you know, I made due with what I had. I found an incredibly cool Princess Leia hoodie at HerUniverse.com that came with the trademark Leia hair buns on the hood, which made it hard to resist. The skirt is a Red Cross nurse’s skirt from a local uniform store. And the thermal underwear and crappy sneakers? Well, it’s Michigan and it was cold and we were going to an event at the local zoo, so, yeah, I dropped the ball on that one. I need to find some better Leia boots for actual Halloween.

All in all, I think my daughter and I will make a great pair for Halloween. We got nothing but smiles at the Halloween event we attended last night and even got a few laughs when I came face-to-face with a mom dressed as Princess Leia and said “Well, this is embarrassing…”

But, I think, my big take-away from all this will be—equality goes both ways. If I’m going to tell my daughter that she can do almost anything a man can do (excepting some very specific biological acts), then I also need to show her that a man can do almost anything a woman can do too… especially when it’s something awesome like dressing up as a character from one of the best movies ever.




Photos courtesy of author

- See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/families/tmb-whats-dad-daughter-wants-dress-han-solo/#sthash.9Ynzxlav.dpuf

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Bryon Taylor's Bio
Well, if you’ve made it this far you are either bored silly at work, or a relative making sure you aren’t mentioned in this brief, tell all bio.

I was born in the land of Bratwurst (not Germany) and Torke Coffee (not Brazil or Africa) and at a young age fell fast in love with all things radio.  My first memory of being a DJ  was setting up a tape recorder in front of our stylish console stereo and playing 45’s (those are the smaller size records, you do know what I’m referring to right) and talking in between while switching them.  I’m glad technology has improved in some areas over the year.

In High School I got licensed to be on the air before I could drive and it’s been a fun journey from that time, through college (UW Oshkosh) right up to now at KZ1043.

My life always seems to somehow revolve around radio.  My favorite case in point: I met my wife through a friend who was in radio as well.  She works in the industry too and should probably be on the air instead of me, but my face is better suited for radio.

In my spare time I love taking pictures of everything from our cat Lady Penelope (who’s been in both the Bad Cats and Page-A-Day calendars) and our African Grey Parrot, Samurai (who appeared in a cat calendar as well, yes you read correctly).  I also love long walks on the beach, fresh flowers…sorry, had to do that.  The thing I love about being part of KZ1043 is the music I get to listen to and PLAY.  I really love all kinds of music, however my overall taste is grounded in the 80’s and early 90’s, Depech Mode, Duran Duran, Asia, B-52’s…I could go on, but chances are that another one of my favorite bands is on right now.  So with that, I’ll join you in stopping this and turning on the radio.  Sorry if this is too much information, I tried to warn you.  It could be worse; I could be blogging about things you really don’t care about such as my favorite movies like Star Wars (Nerd Note: the original 1977) or Die Hard and TV shows which include Archer and Big Bang Theory, but I’d rather spend my time with you on the radio.
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