Promise Delivered

4 Apr

Promise Header

letter A few weeks ago the people behind the marketing efforts for STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS contacted me. They said they’d like to send me a package of Star Wars goodies, including a copy of the Blu-Ray, in exchange for me hosting and blogging about a viewing party. HAH! The joke was on them – as if I needed to be bribed to host a Star Wars viewing party. The plan was for the goodies to arrive the Thursday before the digital download release of the movie (Friday, April 1st), host the party and write a blog post about it before the hardcopy release (today).

What my house would look like if I was single.

What my house would look like if I was single.

So naturally I tapped into the local dorky-dad network, inviting a few friends and their kids over for a Saturday afternoon viewing party. The date was cleared with UnDorkMommy. The invitations were sent. RSVP’s were received. The only thing left was the receipt of the magic package from the Star Wars people themselves.

Parties need pillows

Parties need pillows

As these things go, when bloggers are part of a big promotional campaign like this one, the typical pattern is that the east coast dads get the packages before the west coast dads do. It’s sort of fun to watch in real time over social media the packages work their way west as they arrive on the doorsteps of my colleagues. Fandads.com out of Chicago and Dadncharge.com out of Pensylvania respectively posted these pictures early on the 2nd, letting the rest of us know what we could expect when the box arrived.

Rumored treasure

Rumored treasure

So it was with great anticipation that I rushed home from work on Thursday, the expected day of delivery, to find waiting for me on my front porch…

…absolutely nothing.

Some light reading material

Some light reading material

That’s OK. I’m on the west coast and it takes a little longer for these things to get out here. The party wasn’t until Saturday. Plenty of time. Friday came and went exactly the same, and after the mail lady sadly shook her head at me on Saturday morning “Nope. Sorry, still no package for you” it was clear that Star Wars Santa wasn’t going to visit before the appointed party time.

Choose your weapon at the door

Choose your weapon at the door

Lunchboxdad.com, also from California, reported that the Star Wars goodie box he was expecting never materialized either, and it looked like his viewing party was off.

Everyone's here!

Everyone’s here!

But I am DorkDaddy after all. I have a reputation to uphold. I couldn’t let a little thing like no Blu-Ray get between me, my fellow dorks, our kids and Star Wars viewing amazingness!! So up in the attic I went to pull down all the stuff UnDorkMommy typically won’t allow in the house otherwise. The boys had a ball helping me decorate the living room into what it would probably look like if I was a swinging bachelor. A veggie platter from the store and a pizza delivery took care of the snacks. All we needed was the movie itself. One digital download later and BAM! It was party time.

Where's Ray? There she is.

Where’s Ray? There she is.

Needless to say, as you can see from the pictures, the party was amazing!

The Force is indeed strong in my family.

The Force is indeed strong in my family.

An Email from my contact at the marketing group came through later on Sunday. She apologized, confirming that there was a problem with the shipping to us west coast dads. But I’m not mad. I’m just grateful that they even thought of me in the first place. Because after all, this was the weekend STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS was released on Blu-Ray and digital download…

…and that makes us all winners.

 

-Dork Dad

8 Responses to “Promise Delivered”

  1. Fred April 4, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Yep

    Love Dad

  2. May the Fourth be with You Party: Anette April 4, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    How FUN!!!! We have’t had our viewing party yet! We are holding out until our big May the Fourth Party! (Though I am sure I will cheat and watch our Blue-ray before then).

    If any of your readers want ideas (Star Wars food, DIY decor) for their Star Wars Parties, take a look at our blog – Star Wars fun is all we do around here! https://maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

  3. P Murphy April 4, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    My kids and their friends would have had a blast at a Start Wars party. Glad you had fun.

    @LifeofaBusyDad from
    Life of a Busy Dad Blog

    • dorkdad April 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

      You’re invited to the next one!! (c:

  4. Tales from the Dad Side April 4, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    You have such cool toys! I especially love the ROTJ poster. Hella cool.
    Enjoyed that read a lot, thanks.
    X

    • dorkdad April 4, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      That standee is actually an original 1977 theatrical cardboard standee from Episode IV.

  5. DesignerDaddy April 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    It wasn’t just West Coast dads that got it late. I’m on the East Coast, and Beau is actually now in OKC (no coast). We had a party too, just got the digital version and had a ball without all the toys and stuff we didn’t really need more of anyway. 🙂

    • dorkdad April 4, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

      Well that’s all news to me (that you didn’t get it and that Beau is now in OKC)… although Zach got his today too. Looks like the problem was systematic. Regardless, I’m just thrilled they thought of me.

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