On Thursday night, I was given the chance to take a trip to a time long ago and a galaxy far, far away as I was assigned to cover the opening of the latest Star Wars movie: “The Last Jedi.” As a self-described, and rather unapologetic geek, this was a story that I had no issues or complaints covering.

When I got to the Cinemark in Sherman early Thursday evening, I was surprised to not see the long lines of people waiting to get into the movie. I soon learned that most of the ticket sales were done weeks, or in some cases months, in advance of the showing. Instead, people trickled up to the theater in small groups. (After Cinemark’s recent remodel with the reclining loungers, seating is pre-assigned, not general admission.)

People were dressed in shirts, hats, jackets and even in some cases costumes of their favorite characters. As a fellow geek, it was hard not to become excited as well as the feelings were practically contageous.

What caught my attention as I split my time between interviews and simply taking in the crowds and the experience was the diversity of the crowd. While there certainly were a lot of people in their teens and early 20s, I also found older fans as well.

One woman told me she originally was dragged to the films at age 10 by her parents, but quickly became a fan of the series. At first she was a fan of Luke Skywalker but that changed to Han Solo as she got older, she said with a knowing smile.

My only issue with covering the story was that I ran into several friends who were on their way to see the film. As fate would have it, they happened to have an extra ticket that they had bought by mistake, and they asked me if I wanted to see it with them. It took all of my willpower to do the right thing and fight of my geeky urges; I had a story to write.

Happy birthday Sunday to Linda Nickerson, Tammy Bell Peters, Tre Kelly and Dahlia Wiley, all of Sherman; Karol Hughes of Gordonville; Dylan Armstrong of Pottsboro; and Marcus Tre’ Kelly of Plano.

Happy anniversary Sunday to Ken and Jennifer Swick of Sherman, 35 years; and Pete and Cheryl Hickman of Southmayd, 29 years.

Happy birthday Monday to Loko Adanho of Durant, Okla.; Joey Keith Mullins of Denison; and Charles Brown, Iris Horstman, and Judy Waw, all of Sherman.