The 501st, Darth Vader and the New York Stock Exchange
I just returned from a family vacation in Walt Disney World. (That’s the one in Florida for those of you with no Disney Geek Cred. The other one is Disneyland and it’s in California.) The whole family had a wonderful time and since we’ve been raising our Geeks properly, we all wanted to see the Star Wars ride. First, we took pictures on the Speeder Bike. Next we marveled over the giant AT-AT and then, finally, we rode Star Tours. Afterward, we meandered through the gift shop long enough for my husband to buy a baseball cap that looks like Fett’s helmet. It was both completely dorky and oh-my-God cool at the same time. We then exited the gift shop and continued on our way, but this was not the end of my Star Wars experience.
A few days later we took a ride on the monorail after breakfast. (Hey, how cool would it be if you could eat breakfast with Star Wars characters? Must fire off a letter to Disney!) As we were walking down the ramp, I noticed a guy wearing a 501st baseball hat. Cool. Then I noticed his buddy also had a cap. Aw, geeks on vacation. Then I noticed they both had 501st shirts. Wait a minute, did I just ride the monorail with the 501st?! I tried to catch up to them, but due to my kids having kid-sized legs and the two guys moving very quickly, probably because they didn’t have to lug all that armor, I missed them. So, you’d think that would be the end of my Star Wars experience. Not quite.
Just a few minutes ago I came across one of the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. Even stranger than Off Kilter, the guys in kilts that play in the Canada Pavillion in Epcot. (They’re actually quite entertaining, but I am flummoxed as to why they are wearing kilts.) What I found was a clip of the NYSE opening this morning and it was Darth Vader and a squad of Clone Troopers ringing the opening bell. The Star Wars logo is all over the place and the Troopers raise their guns in the air as the bell rings with Vader looming by the podium. Then guys in suits shake hands with each other and even with Vader. The official explanation is that the President of Lucas Licensing was there today. Uh-huh. You keep telling yourself that while I pull all my money out of the market. I’ve got a bad feeling about this…