A Geek-Filled Weekend! (Part 1)
What a weekend!
The last several days have been nuts and I am sad it's all over, exhausted from the craziness and above all drained from the festivities that I was a part of.
First things first, a while back I was contacted by someone at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut to be a part of a Star Wars themed event, a Disco and Dessert after party after they had seen my Disco Fett. Needless to say, it was kind of surreal and kind of awesome that someone wanted me to be a part of it!
So, we headed to the museum to an author event beforehand, where a couple of the Extended Universe Star Wars authors giving a talk. Granted, I don't know much about the EU but it was one of those events as someone who loves Star Wars and writing, it was a great chance to hear from these writers about their experiences. It was overwhelming positive and inspiring in many ways, given that I struggle as a writer myself and seeing these men given encouraging words about it all was extremely uplifting. I had to say, I was very pleased with the talk, the questions and overall vibe of the event.
The panel was of course, a nice bonus, but I was definitely more concerned about the party after, given that I didn't know what to expect. I mean...I didn't expect much as far what I needed to do, other than to shmooze and hang out with everyone and possibly take pictures. I didn't realize I would be getting into something SO much bigger. As someone who usually goes to cons in costumes, this was something else entirely...But...It ended up being pretty great.
Yup. I got a throne. My contact, Joey, got me a throne and I got to sit and chill as people started showing up. With lights and pounding disco music, this was a very different animal. I mean, it wasn't necessarily a HUGE event or anything, but you could tell that the people at the Mark Twain House put in a really in a fantastic effort to make this something special. There were desserts, music and an open bar, but as the people filtered in, no one was really coming to dance. I mean, getting the party started is always a challenge and to make the first move was key. So...I was in costume. With my helmet. I couldn't let this stand.
This wasn't a theatrical production. This wasn't a music video. This was a chance to do something new. It was scary and exciting. I just jumped right on the floor and started moving to the music. I didn't care. I had my helmet and glowing staff. All was well. I felt free and I felt great. Soon, others came, here and there, to dance, but the size of the crowd never really got much bigger than a few people. I was on the dance floor, either by myself or with a few people. Honestly, I could've just been the only one on the floor and again, I did not care. It is a bit cliche to say this, but I felt alive. I was in my suit and helmet (SWEATING LIKE NO ONE'S BUSINESS) and rocking out.
It was a Disco Party and Disco Fett had to live up to his name. It was a crazy evening and definitely one to remember. I was thankful to be there, having a good time, dancing the night away.
And that was just the first part of the geek-filled weekend.
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