|LtoR: Arta, Stormtrooper, David|
We arrived right on time: 3:31 pm but the store was closed.
We had seen a stormtrooper walking along the street as we were parking.
And when we got to the store, there the stormtrooper was -- David and I could see him as we were studying the painted miniatures.
He could be seen through the street side of the window and was looking in the same store through the avenue side.
I couldn't help myself but to go around the corner and introduce myself.
|...David, trying on the stormtrooper helmet...|
Joel was forthcoming with the source of his costume. He had made it himself over the course of 5 years and three prototypes. He now had it down to comfortable gear which he wears on Halloween, though once he had been a special guest at a birthday party. We hung out at the door of the shop, waiting for it to be opened. After 45 minutes we decided that he was not coming back to work for the afternoon. Joel was cool with that. "Stuff happens and we will just meet up with the store manager next time."
In the meantime many people stopped for selfies as we stood and chatted.
A good time was had by all.