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And there was no alcohol — which was a first, apparently.

Perhaps the reasoning for that was because we were at a Star Wars event and not a typical comic convention. Once the animated bomb blew up on the big screen, and the buzzer rang, the event began. normal: no costume, no eccentric attitude, and had a general love for all things geeky.

She began quizzing me like she was Harry Knowles in Fanboys, asking me the name of Chewie’s home planet. Once she regained her mental composure, she smiled, and was about to say something; but before she could, I took the next shot and her: What’s the name of the Twi’leks’ home planet? She had absolutely no idea what the planet’s name was. Thankfully she didn’t say anything ’cause I didn’t know, either. Her hostile attitude put me off the moment I sat down. We were all there to celebrate and bask in the glorious-ness of what’s coming, so why was I being lambasted for my appearance, or lack thereof?

Little did she know, I beat Knights of the Old Republic at least twenty times growing up — both the light and dark side endings — so I knew exactly what the name of Chewie’s home planet was. After two more minutes of minimal conversation, the buzzer rang. After three more attempts of finding “love in a galaxy far, far away” I came across the first cosplayer in the room. Even though she was dressed up, she was one of the more normalized people there; and one that didn’t play 20 questions with me to see just how much of a geek I am.

I gave a somewhat different answer than the two I used at the beginning of the event (I don’t have just one favorite).I studied her face for a few moments, and as she began to think she was right in me not being a true Star Wars fan, bam! I got up and said my goodbyes in the ancient tradition of the Vulcans: Live long and prosper. However, she did ask me why I was wearing a Media badge.I was straight with her — told her I was there covering the Celebration and that I was probably going to write about speed dating.For this month, we are having a special edition of “nerdy speed friend-ing”.Nerdy Speed Friend-ing is similar in concept to nerdy speed dating in that it gives attendees a great chance to meet many people in a fast and structured way for the purpose of determining potential connections.

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