Talking with Star Wars enthusiasts

Published 10:08 am Thursday, April 27, 2017

For some reason I have never been the least bit interested in anything to do with Star Wars. Actually, I could not understand why anyone would be.

Today, my vision of Star Wars has changed.

I should tell you that I have not been totally dumb about Star Wars. I had heard about Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. If you have been around in the past few years you have heard a few of the names.

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I have even bought several light sabers at the request of my grandson, along with some Star War bobble-heads that have been sold in a yard sale.

However, if you are like me, Star Wars names have meant very little you. I was not a fan.

It wasn’t until I was at Lily’s Nail Salon, getting a pedicure when I heard two adults get very excited talking about Star Wars. Some of the names I heard about were being spoken about as though they were their best friends.

As a lady named Lauren Testerman was in the middle of doing my pedicure, we noticed a gentlemen deep into his iPhone.

A little later, it sounded like the music got a bit louder when Lauren recognized the music and looked up at him and asked, “What do you think is going to happen?” She did not know the man anymore than I did but she immediately recognized that Star Wars music. That question led into one interesting conversation.

She asked him if he thought they would learn all they would need to know.

As she continued on with my feet, by the time she polished my toes, I was so intrigued about Star War. I decided I was going to watch the first movie.

Lauren mentioned that in the first movie the droid said, “I’ll be there for you.”

Then the guy, whose name I learned to be T.J. Farley who by trade is a farrier in Paris,  replied with, “because he told me to.” Already, I was wondering who droid was and who he was that had told him.

Then she began speaking about Darth Vader saying he was too big in the last movie she thought. She mentioned that he did not look that muscular before. He said he couldn’t have looked too large because of the compression suit he was in.

Then the two of them began talking about one of the movies where someone said, “Luke, I am your father.”

This must have been really big because T.J. said no one knew until 10 minutes before the show that particular saying would be in the scene.

By this time, I am really into their Star Wars conversations. I asked them what is it they want to know. Lauren said she wanted to know who was Rey’s parents. I did not learn who Rey was. The big question is whether it is time for Jedi to end. Lauren told me she cried in every movie up to now and is waiting excitedly for the next movie.

I later learned Lauren’s husband is even more into the Star Wars craze than she is. She showed me a picture of her husband standing proud and dressed in a Darth Vader costume. He dressed up in the costume for her five-year-old nephew’s birthday party. He even put a bluetooth device into his shirt and used sound boards from a movie to make it more real.

The little boy got an expensive light saber for a gift and was made very happy.

Then I was shocked to hear that there are light sabers hanging from the walls in Lauren’s home. There is also a Darth Vader rug, along with Star Wars salt and pepper shakers and shower curtains in the Star War motif.

I had to keep reminding myself that these were adults and not children during these conversations.

I even learned there has been a scene filmed that will include Carrie Fisher who was Princess Leia. Carrie Fisher passed away recently. Even more reason that I am wanting to see the new movie.

I find myself not believing I have just written a column about Star Wars, but I believe anyone listening to these two would have become interested.

If you are a Star Wars fan, I hope it won’t be long until you get some answers whether or not the Jedi will be back or not or who Rey’s father is or any other answer you want.

Sue Staton is a Clark County native who grew up in the Kiddville area. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who is active in her church, First United Methodist Church, and her homemakers group, Towne and Country Homemakers.