Geeks on Ice

By now you’ve probably noticed that we’re a “little” bit geeky, as families go. Yesterday we geeked out in a major, public way.

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It was Star Wars Night at the Colorado Avalanche, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. My favorite sport, with geekiness added? Who could resist? Well, Rich might have been able to, but, for the sake of his wife and kids, he came along to the sport ball event. He told me it was okay to share this story- we were waiting in line to take a photo, and he asked me, “What time does the show start?” After much confusion, I realized he meant the GAME. He may never live that down…

The event was 2 fold: in the afternoon, there was an hour where ticket holders could go on the actual NHL ice, and meet and take photos with members of the 501st Legion, as well as the good guys. The email said costumes were encouraged- so costumes we wore. I actually do own a Han Solo dress. I know, I know. But when I was a kid, I was going to grow up to marry either Han or Indiana Jones. So, that didn’t work out, but at least on occasions where a costume is required, I can dress up like Han, right? Rich has a Chewbaca T-shirt that he busts out for halloween, etc., and I also have an R2D2 dress that I wore one halloween that Annie borrowed. Henry used to have an entire wardrobe of star wars costumes, but he’s outgrown them all, so we picked up a new Xwing fighter pilot shirt for him… Hey, we’re going to Comic Con in May, so we’ll get some more use out pf these outfits.

The photo ops were truly awesome. We actually got to go into the penalty boxes:

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And into the goals:

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And onto the benches:

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And we even admired center ice:

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The ice was less slippery than I expected- but the kids still couldn’t resist sliding on it.

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This was such an awesome, crazy, once in a lifetime experience. And it was only part of it- there was still the game. There was a gap between the end of photos and the start of the “show”, so we walked downtown to have dinner. Yup, we walked through one of the trendiest, most touristy parts of downtown Denver (Larimer Square) in our costumes. I was embarrassed, I admit, but I got schooled by my daughter. “Mom, don’t be embarrassed. You like this and this is who you are. Be proud.” So, clearly I’m raising her right. At least somewhat…

So then we went back for the actual game- and thank goodness the Avs won! Poor Rich was forced to high-five jubilant strangers at the end of the night- but he survived. The game was full of fun moments- the mascot Bernie the Saint Bernard was dressed as a Jedi and had a light saber. Snow troopers rode on the zambonis. The 501st was around the arena for photo ops with the regular ticket holders. My fave part of the evening was when they kicked off the kiss cam with Han and Leia- but I didn’t get a pic of that ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I was bummed that they didn’t seat all the Star Wars ticket holders together- we were scattered al over. It would have been fun to have geeky bonding time- rather than odd looks from regular fans. But oh well. Aside from that, it was a truly awesome night.

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12 responses to “Geeks on Ice

  1. ellen

    I love your geekiness and your dress! Annie is right, wear it proudly.

    • We did get some compliments, so that was good. And our waiter finally got brave enough to ask us about the outfits, and we had a nice chat with him…

      -Sam

      On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 8:52 PM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  2. It sounds like a lot of fun! I have some friends who are that into Star Wars and there are weekends here where they dress up and play along. I didn’t get into it in the beginning, and then it was too much trouble to catch up.

    • I only like the original 3 movies- the ones I grew up with. I try to pretend that the newer ones don’t even exist… The original 3 are an ejoyable watch, I promise ๐Ÿ™‚

      -Sam

      On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 9:47 PM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  3. These photos are wonderful! I’m so pleased you all had a great day.

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  5. Becky

    I love reading your blog. I am so not geeky but it looks like you had a blast. Great memories made. I love that you are Rockin a Seatbelt bag! I love them! I have several and carry nothing else. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Iโ€™m glad you enjoy my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

      Harveyโ€™s bags are the absolute best- I have acquired a few over the years and I love them so much. They last forever.

      -Sam

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  6. Sounds like a great time! Extra fun since the home team won ๐Ÿ™‚

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