When there was a lull in the conversation, we headed back to our Stormtrooper friend. I remembered my girlfriend collects Star Wars items and knew she’d like him. I asked him if he had any more Stormtrooper stories, and his eyes lit up.
He talked about visiting sick kids in the hospital. He once showed up with Darth Vader, and a kid going through chemo was so happy that he hugged Darth Vader’s leg.
All his stories didn’t involve Star Wars, though. He pointed out an area of the downtown trolley station where the movie Demolition Man was filmed. He told us about getting in trouble on the trolley once for filming out the window — “It was after 9/11, so...”
Looking at my girlfriend, I borrowed a joke from Family Guy: “The terrorists have changed everything.”
The guy nodded and there was a pause, so I said again, “Everything.”