After moving North from the Dune Sea, he tried filling his idle time with hobbies, even taking up bowling…
He found bowling to be a little… cumbersome though. So, Phoenix Vader thought he’d take a job delivering pizza for some extra cash.
Unfortunately, since his customers would run away screaming, he had a difficult time collecting for the pizza… let alone getting a tip!
FINALLY he decided it was time to get some helpers together and go do what he does best (scare small children and amuse large ones)…
Seriously, today, Tom did his first event in Wyoming… actually the first time he’s had the costume on in almost 18 months! He did have trouble getting his boot on over his injured ankle (there’s now a steel plate, bolts, and scar tissue, so we’ll be taking the boot to be stretched).
We went to a Bowling with the Stars fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Frank and Jack carried around a jar for donations from the people taking pictures with Darth Vader. We worked two different crowds (the teams switched every couple hours and we went to two different times) and in less than an hour "on stage", he collected $49 for the pictures people took. We were tickled that something he normally does for free (posing for pictures) was able to earn a little extra cash for the local BBBS organization.
PS: We REALLY need to gather up some troopers! Lord Vader looks so, so, well, he just looks lonely with just two little kids with toy helmets following him around! I was hoping that if he started trooping he could start recruiting to build a new detachment/garrison. There is ONE other 501st member in ALL of Wyoming. He lives over four hours away (in Casper) and he's also a Vader! :P So, wish us luck as we look to find new trooping friends!