I went to my front door yesterday evening to see if I had mail, and saw the strangest sight, across the street, a couple of doors down. I literally did a double-take, then a triple-take, whipped my head back inside to do a visual comparison against my Star Wars Pez collection (what?) and looked again. There was no mistaking it. My neighbors had their garage door up, and standing guard at the front of the garage was an enormous perfect scale replica of R2D2. WTF? It looked to be at least 4' tall (one of the occupants walked past it while I gawked, giving me some measure), and at least 18" wide, and looked to be perfectly detailed in every way (though, admittedly, I was some distance away). I say again, WTF? This, for me, begs the question...no, it begs several questions: a) WTF?; b) Why do they have R2D2--no, wait...he's at least R2D4...why do they have R2D4 in their garage?; c) Where does one get a R2D4 of their very own?; d) Does he do anything? I mean, does he have any capabilities beyond stunning the neighbors? Does he twirl around and beep and chirp, or is he purely decorative?; e) Why don't I have a giant 'droid in my garage, 'cause that would be the coolest thing ever!?; f) When am I going to break down and get a camera phone, because if EVER a camera phone is needed, it is to snap a discreet picture of the R2D4 in your neighbor's garage, am I right?
I don't know those neighbors at all, not even to wave or nod to, so I'm unlikely to find out the answers to any of my burning questions, damn it. Leftover Halloween costume is the best I could come up with, though it's not generally a neighborhood noted for celebrating Halloween (no trick-or-treaters at all). Any other suggestions/theories? Help me, Obi-Wan Bloggers--you're my only hope. (Hee.)