Star Wars Celebration and My Exhilaration

Star Wars Celebration and My Exhilaration


It seems like it was a long time ago when I began planning for one of this year’s biggest conventions, and now it is only a few days away. In the last year I’ve been to four cons, but I’m most excited for what is coming this month. As Emperor Palpatine said, I have waited a long time for this. I’ll be wearing one of my Coffee With Kenobi T-shirts, and I’ll be able to see friends I haven’t seen for months and meet new friends. There will be thousands of geeks and nerds from all over the country, and many from around the world. We will attend panels on subjects that interest us just so we can gain new perspectives on existing topics. There will be countless vendors filling thousands of square feet of convention center floor, peddling all of the newest items to hit the market. Hopefully there will be some big reveals, but if not it will still be a great time with friends.

My badges and tickets have been delivered, my hotel was booked months ago, travel plans have been made, and now all that remains is for the date to arrive. Obviously, I’m talking about the annual Utah Dental Convention! The yearly meeting of geeks talking about restoring teeth, extracting teeth, and cleaning teeth. It’s riveting! Who doesn’t get excited about that? But as it turns out: There…is…another…convention.


Okay, I’m also kind of excited about Star Wars Celebration this month. Actually I’m very excited about it. Okay, I’m so excited that if Uncle Owen told me I couldn’t go this year he’d be wearing that blue milk he loves so much! I can’t wait for Celebration!!! It will be my first SWC. I can’t wait to see the celebrities and the panels and the toys. I can’t wait to go to a convention fully dedicated to nothing but Star Wars. I can’t wait to finally meet in person all of you that I’ve gotten to know in the past several months. I’m looking forward to meeting all levels of Jedi: Jedi Masters, Jedi Knights, Padawans and a Mediocre Jedi. And especially everyone from Coffee With Kenobi.

In all actuality, a dental convention and Star Wars Celebration have a lot in common. There are geeks and nerds at both: my favorite kinds at Celebration, and then there are those at a dental convention. There is cosplay at both: actual costumes at Celebration, and a bunch of people in khakis and polos at dental conventions. I will be wearing Star Wars T-shirts at both so I hope security doesn’t escort me out of the dental convention. There will likely be new information revealed at both conventions. I’m hoping for a new The Force Awakens trailer at SWC, and I can’t think of anything that could compare to that at the dental convention. Unless someone has found a way to use a tooth as a Lightsaber crystal. At the dental convention we will talk about removing teeth, and at Celebration we will talk about removing limbs.


By the time you read this I will be recovering from the craziness of the dental convention and preparing for Star Wars Celebration. I am eager to find out what JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy have for us to kick off the convention. I’m just as excited to see everyone at the Coffee With Kenobi podcast panel right after JJ and KK! Please come say hi if you see me. I’ll be the nerdy dentist not wearing khakis.


Thanks for reading my blog this month! And thanks to CWK for letting me write. Please contact me on Twitter @ryderwaldrondds, by email at, or leave a comment below. See all of you at Star Wars Celebration and at the Coffee With Kenobi live podcast panel on Thursday April 16th at 11:30 on the Podcast Stage. And remember:

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  1. Melinda
    April 11, 2015 at 09:05 Reply

    Absolutely awesome, Ryder!!! 🙂 I loved this entry! 😀

    I don’t know how anything can beat a convention at which throngs of dentists appear, but if anything can, it most likely will revolve around Star Wars. lol 🙂

    I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about your first experience at a Star Wars Celebration. I won’t be there to share everything Star Wars with you, but I’ll have a pretty good idea of what you’ll be experiencing. Pick and choose wisely what you want to do. For those panels/chats that you think will draw the biggest crowds, be sure to get in line EARLY, and just have fun! 🙂 They are a blast! 🙂

    MTFBWY 🙂

  2. Jeff M
    April 11, 2015 at 11:18 Reply

    You cheeky so-and-so! It would be like pulling teeth to get me to a dental convention. And that’s where I’ll leave the horrible jokes. Looking forward to meeting and hanging out with you next week, this is gonna be a blast! It will be my first Celebration as well, so I’m glad to know I’m in good company!

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