Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Well, now I've seen it all.

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.)

15 comments:

gorillabuns said...

i suggest you stalk them, detailing their patterns of coming and going. when you have it charted out, stand to the side of their garage door and when they pull their car in, hurry and take a picture of mr. r.

that's would i would do....

stefanie said...

This sounds like the time I saw a man in a Spider-Man costume sitting on a school bus in front of me at a stop light. So many burning questions... sadly, no satisfying answers.

-R- said...

That is a totally random thing to see! Awesome! And Stefanie's story is good too. I have so many unanswered questions now...

don't call me MA'AM said...

I just read somewhere that they have finally come out with R2D2 mailboxes. I sooooo want to get one, but we have those stupid community mailboxes. Bleh.

lizgwiz said...

gorillabuns, that sounds like a plan. ;)

stef, Spider-Man on a schoolbus? The mind reels.

-r-, it was sort of awesome. I had no idea I had such interesting neighbors.

dcmm, an R2D2 mailbox? Cool!

3carnations said...

Maybe it wasn't a replica...that was their relative visiting from out of town. ;)

You can certainly get the answers to your question - This is how you get to know them. Next time you are out for a walk, and they are outside, mention that you happened to notice it once when you were out and their garage door was open, you have a great pez collection, etc...

Not only have you answered your questions, you may have made a new fried with common interests@ :)

3carnations said...

new friend...not new fried...that makes no sense.

I only find typos when I DON'T proofread.

Noelle said...

I read about the R2 mailboxes recently as well. I just can't remember where. But, they're coming...

lizgwiz said...

3car, I never take walks around the neighborhood, but I think I might have to start. I MUST know the backstory.

noelle, you know, thinking about it, I might rather have a C-3PO mailbox. I picture him bringing it right to me, in that totally suck-up way of his. Hee.

stefanie said...

OK, I saw those last few comments and had to investigate. Behold... the R2D2 Mailbox.

lizgwiz said...

stef, good work! Those are awesome.

Maliavale said...

Dang! I came by to share that link, too. Glad the mystery got solved. ;-)

metalia said...

Oh my lord. I need pictures, stat! Do you think they participate in Civil War re-enactment-esque Star Wars battles?! I must know.

Stinkypaw said...

Wow! That must have been a cool thing to see, and yet a bit freaky! ...especially when not expecting it.

lizgwiz said...

malia, well, one mystery, at any rate!

metalia, now that you mention it, I'm sure there probably ARE Stars Wars re-enactors--I just never dreamed some of them might be living in MY neighborhood. Hee.

stinkypaw, it really was a little freaky. I kept blinking, thinking I was seeing things.