May the 4th be with You

For those of you who are unaware, May the Fourth is one of two annual dates referred to by geeks around the world as “Star Wars Day.”

May 25 receives the designation because it is the anniversary of the day that the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977. It is also referred to as Geek Pride Day.

May 4 is honored just because of its similarity to the iconic phrase “May the Force be with you” – one of only a few lines spoken by a variety of characters in every single Star Wars movie. To which the proper response is, “and also with you.” (Hey – I am Methodist, what do you expect?).

Inspired by a Tumblr site called Nerd Bucket List, I felt this was an appropriate day to fly my geek flag high and create for myself a Geek Bucket List. I had to separate it into two distinct categories since some are possible and some, simply, are not. But that doesn’t mean I want them any less!

Realistic:

The first two items on my list are both events that I would like to attend: the San Diego Comic-Con and Star Wars Celebration.

  1. Comic-Con may have started out as a convention for the comic book industry, but it has grown to be so much more. It is the largest convention of its kind in the US and drew over 130,000 attendees last year including thousands of celebrities, comic book artists, movie makers – not to mention all of the cosplayers!
  2. Star Wars Celebration is basically just a huge convention to celebrate all things Star Wars. (Appropriate name, don’t you think?) Unfortunately it does not happen annually, but is usually held as a result of another Star Wars event. The last one was held in 2010 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Empire Strikes Back. I am not sure when or where the next one will be, but I know I want to be there.

Here are a few other events or places I would like to see:

  1. I want to attend a Jonathan Coulton / Paul & Storm concert. They are both geek-music superstars. Seeing them separately would be awesome – but to see them together would be an all-out nun-fight!
  2. I want to attend a reading by David Sedaris. If you are unfamiliar with what this is, it is a little hard to explain the appeal. It’s not a concert, it’s not a comedy show, it’s just David… reading and telling stories… and I really want to witness it.
  3. Cleveland Ohio. I know that sounds silly, but I want to go the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and eat at Iron Chef Michael Symon’s restaurant Lolita.
  4. Cooperstown. I am a baseball geek too.
  5. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is a travelling exhibit that primarily visits Science museums around the country. It features props and costumes from the movies but mostly focuses on the science and technology seen throughout the franchise. And it just looks like a lot of fun.

The next few are people I would like to meet:

  1. I want to hang out with and possibly even make a craft with Bonnie Burton. Bonnie is an author, journalist, content developer for Lucas Online, staff writer for Star Wars.com and Star Wars Insider magazine, maintainer of the Official Star Wars Blog, and just seems like a very cool person. Not to mention the fact that she is the wife of R2-D2!
  2. George Lucas. No explanation needed, right? Ideally I would like to meet him under the circumstances in the “Unrealistic” list below – but just meeting him, if only briefly, would suffice.
  3. If I played RPG video games like World of Warcraft, I would want to be in a guild with Felicia Day. Felicia has been involved in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the SyFy original movie Red: Werewolf Hunter, and the web-series the Guild and the Legend of Neil. She’s cute, smart and funny – a winning combination!

Unrealistic:

  1. I want George Lucas to take me on a personal tour of Skywalker Ranch, as well as the Lucasfilm studios and Industrial Light & Magic.
  2. I have always wanted to take a solid year and travel across North America to visit every Major League baseball stadium.
  3. I would like to own a working R2-D2. (Maybe MythBuster Grant Imahara could help me out with that one.)
If I wanted to waste the day I could easily spend it making this list longer and longer. My geeky desires are expansive if not limitless. But since I do have a job and have to work instead of making my wish list come true, I suppose it’s best if I just sign off.

May the 4th Be With You!

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3 thoughts on “May the 4th be with You

  1. Oh shoot, I wish I had known about May 4 a bit earlier. I would have enjoyed celebrating it. May 25 is my parents’ anniversary and my cousin’s birthday – I can certainly add Geek Pride Day to the celebration.

    This is random, but who else would appreciate it but you? When my son and I approach stores that have automatic doors (most of them, right?) we do Darth Vader hands and sing his ‘walking music’ – the duhn duhn duhn song – to ourselves quietly. Only when it is just the two of us though :)

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