I have been a galactic Star Wars fan since my dad dragged me to see the original film in Ventura a (somewhat) long long time ago. I remember going into that theatre being very scared and coming out being changed forever. I worked at Lucasfilm for seven years and was even a visual effects artist for a bit. Most of my friends think I’m crazy to still be such a die-hard fan but going to the Star Wars Convention continues to awaken the Force within me. Get teary-eyed I do when I hear the Star Wars theme song. I couldn’t wait to be among my people; it’s the only place I feel safe talking about my Star Wars bed sheets as a grown woman with no kids. So let’s grab some Wookie cookies and do this! Continue reading
Last August, the Force traveled with me, first class (THANK YOU DELTA AIRLINES) to Orlando, Florida to cover Star Wars Celebration V for MTV.com. The locals renamed the city “Lando” in honor of the Star Wars Celebration. Here is a link to the MTV Geek footage: http://www.mtv.com/geek/event_coverage/star_wars_celebration_v/main.jhtml.
The weather in Orlando “has the same atmosphere as the Dagobah System” as Jon Stewart said, as sweat poured out from body parts I didn’t even know existed. I had a grand time mingling with like-minded Jedis, doing floor interviews as well as some celebrity interviews including Warwick Davis (so nice!), Matt Lanter (so cute!) and Dave Filoni (so charismatic!). I decided to give up my spot at the Star Wars speed dating event, for fear of being gang-raped.
I had mixed emotions about attending the conference, having worked at Lucasfilm for seven years, being entrenched in the Force. I wondered if I’d be one of those disgruntled ex-employees constantly pondering what George does with all that money. Instead, I had that first day of school feeling, as I entered the Orange County Convention Center with my mom, sister, MTV mic in hand and thousands of fans, waiting in line to be engulfed by the Star Wars Universe!
Twenty years ago Natalie, a close friend growing up, got married one month after college graduation. At the bridal shower, her mom said, “One day soon, Laurel, we’ll be throwing one of these for you!” It feels like this happened only yesterday, and it could have.
I spent my twenties working, partying, and sowing wild oats, my thirties were about achievement, self-actualization and coming into my own.
Friends got engaged or married along the way, but I always maintained a fairly large circle of single friends. We had each other and nothing about our lives seemed out of the ordinary.
But still, even in this day and post-feminist age, lurking when I least expect, someone will come out with, “You can only wait so long, Laurel, before you’ll need to settle down, get married and have kids.”
My mom has an entire drawer full of baby clothes for my unborn baby, but I’ve never once been pregnant. Whenever a girlfriend of mine has a baby, mom pulls out a baby outfit with the tags still on, and says, “This was supposed to be for my grandchild.”
Dad calls from prison and tells me, “You really need to think about settling down.”
Hey look it’s me and Chewbacca at last year’s NYC Comicon! And check out my Revenge of the Jedi t-shirt! I so nailed that…
So yeah, I recently sent my mom an email with a link to this year’s Star Wars Celebration, http://www.starwarscelebration.com/, saying that we should go together, AS A JOKE, I swear! But then she got all excited about it, so how could I then say NO? I know you all understand…
Anyway, so yeah, I’m going to the Star Wars Celebration Convention in August with Diane in Orlando, Florida. We’re all booked, and ready to go. It’s truly a mystery as to why I’m still single…
I don’t think I’ll be dressing up, mostly because of the fact that if I happen to run into any of my old LucasFilm co-workers, I might die. I mean it’s one thing to dress up Star Wars at the ILM Halloween party but this is taking it to the next level. I mean, I may wear a golden bikini top or something just as a special call out to Princess Leia. I was Slave Leia last Halloween but I had to quit boozing for an entire month. Maybe I’ll go as Slave Yoda, because really, who else will? And all that green make-up will bring out my green eyes. I am hoping though to interview some of my dear old LFL co-workers that will be there for my blog – keep fingers crossed.
Oh and speaking of, guess who’ll be there signing autographs? That’s right people, the one and only CARRIE FISHER, http://www.starwars.com/fans/events/celebration_v_carrie_fisher/index.html. Of course I’ll have to lay low because of my over-exposure during her NYC Wishful Drinking tour. She definitely recognizes me now, if only she’d call me Laurel and not Anne, please God, please.
At least I’ll always have the Wookie…
Jimmy McCain, www.thunder-lips.com, is the guy behind the gifs.