I'm in Los Angeles for Star Wars Celebration IV, and ready to go!
OK, the first thing I noticed when I hit LA, as I have not as yet seen anyone flying their "Star Wars" freak flag (we're staying in Hollywood and the convention is downtown, today was a travel day, and the convention doesn't get going 'til tomorrow) is GAS PRICES! Gas is $3.38 a gallon here! It's true what they say about us getting ripped off in Illinois.
At Midway Airport, I was wearing a "Star Wars" T-shirt, so I did get spotted by someone headed for the convention. It was the wife of one of the people working on "5/25/77," a movie about the opening day of the original "Star Wars." I thought I'd see some fans at LAX, but it was just the usual airport crowd -- people in way too much of a hurry for their own good.
Tomorrow, I will hit the Celebration Store first to pick up the goodies I will be offering as prizes for my trivia contest here. I will definitely be giving away some of the Ralph McQuarrie C-3PO and R2-D2 figures here (get a peek at them at starwars.com) -- they are CIV exclusives -- so be sure to check in daily for a chance at that. Tomorrow my kids and I will also hit the preview of "Fanboys," which stars, among others, Kristen Bell of the near-departed "Veronica Mars." Tomorrow night is the Opening Ceremony, which, oddly enough, boasts the mayor of LA proclaiming "Star Wars Day." Gee, I'd rather see Mark Hamill, but thanks anyway. At CIII, host Jay Laga'aia (Captain Typho from Ep. 2 and 3) sang the "Weird" Al parody song "The Saga Begins" and was an all-around great host. With the "Robot Chicken" and "Family Guy" previews to look forward to, as well as Carrie Fisher's appearance (I got a ticket!) and other fabulous goodies, it should be a really awesome time.
See you tomorrow.
May the force be with you.