Archive for July, 2009

501st, collecting, Star Wars


My 501st name tag came just in time for San Diego! Isn’t she preeeetty?

501st Nametag

Oh and have you seen my troopin’ bag?

Troopin' Bag

501st, news, Star Wars

San Diego, Here I Come.

In less that a week (man that’s a crazy thought when you’ve been planning a trip for over a year), I’ll be in San Diego, or well next Tuesday I’ll likely be at Disneyland, but I digress…

I am finally making the trip to nerd mecca aka San Diego Comic Con, something I’ve always dreamed of doing.

I can’t wait to finally see what I’ve only heard and seen through other people and news forms, and I’m wasting no opportunity that I can.

I’ve signed up for the SW Fan Club Breakfast, I’ve signed up for the Legion dinner, and I plan on making it out to the Preview night dinner as well. Friday I will probably not leave the Star Wars Pavillion to even pee if I can help it, there looks to be some BIG happenings going on and I plan to be part of it.

I’ll give my SW predictions later this week.

501st, Midwest Garrison, Trooping Report

Playing Catch Up: Part Two: Bartlett, IL Parade “Tatooine Death March” and BBQ 7/5/09

Every year a large portion of the Midwest Garrison gets together for one of our two “big” yearly troops, this one being the annual Bartlett, IL Fourth of July Parade we like to call the Tatooine Death March due to its length and the fact that its usually hot as the desert planet its named after. Thankfully, this year it was rather cooler than usual.

It was a fun time, that was had by all. I was able to meet many garrison members I’ve never met but spoken with on the forums and spend time with local members and meet their families and significant others.

Unfortunately the parade itself was a disaster for me. Right as the parade started really going, my thigh strap failed and we were not able to get it field fixed so I had to ride in the back of Phyllis’ jeep. Ok so maybe that wasn’t a total disaster since I didn’t have to march the whole parade, but unfortunately Stormtrooper armor is not designed for sitting and I ended up doing more damage to my suit than I’d like, not to mention the near zero headroom in the back with my helmet on was a pain all on its own.

Thankfully, everyone was helpful and awesome as I’ve come to expect, and we made it through the parade more or less in one piece.

The BBQ was a blast, the food was great, and I went home one full and tired trooper. Can’t wait till next year but hopefully, I’ll have my Crewman ready so I can troop sans plastic, I don’t care if they call that cheating, I call that SMART.

Pictures forthcoming, there’s a lot of them.

501st, Central Garrison, Photo Gallery, Star Wars, Trooping Report

Playing Catch Up: Part one: TrekFest 25 Riverside, Iowa 6/27

I’ve been busy with work and getting ready for San Diego Comic Con, that I’ve neglected my blogging duties. Let me correct that now.

Friday night June 26th, my very good friend and future Legion member Carrie accompanied me on my first foray into another garrison’s territory to participate in a historic event, the induction of legendary Star Trek actor George Takei into the legion for his voice work as Lok Durd on Clone Wars. George would be the first major Star Trek actor to make the cross over and the first in the legion. Needless to say, when I was invited by my friend, Chris Andrews, CO of Central Garrison, I jumped at the chance.

The trip to Riverside, Iowa, “Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk” as they like to call themselves was a little over three hours. We stayed outside town due to the fact we had to be in town very early in the morning to participate in the parade.

Carrie and I arrived, early to Riverside to check the town out, which took all of five minutes. Riverside is the epitome of a small country town. Once we met up with the Central Troopers and Rebels, we got dressed, formed up and everybody sported Star Trek Emblem stickers on their gear as a show of solidarity.

We marched the very short parade and then headed towards the stage for George Takei’s induction before the Trek Fest costume contest. While we waited we had many pictures taken of and with us, and everyone except a couple grump Klingons (and really are there any other kind?) loved us. We filed onto the stage and Chris was given the opportunity to personally induct George Takei into the legion and George couldn’t have been more gracious. We also provided the three Star Trek actors, George, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koeing with wine from a local winery (well, its the thought that counts, right?)

Next we appropriated our table at the fest and set up shop answering questions about the club and posing for many more shots. Once we all started pooping out and traffic started slowing down, the rest of us that were still in gear cleared out and we headed out to the Iowa City Mall for dinner at Old Country Buffet.

Personally, I cannot say how much fun we had. Carrie is hooked on trooping and I thoroughly enjoyed the friendliness and camaraderie of Centrals people, and I hope be able to make it out at least once a year to see these people.

Oh and I got my picture in the Cedar Rapids Gazette to boot.