National Darth Vader Appreciation Day

July 12th, 2009  |  Published in etc  |  2 Comments

Ben and I got to talking about Darth Vader.

“Is he real?”

“As long as he lives in our hearts, Ben.”

Which got us around to Darth Vader costumes, and ways we could celebrate Darth Vader on a special day (which I think was a gambit to get a Darth Vader costume before October).

We came up with National Darth Vader Appreciation Day.

Steps to Celebrating National Darth Vader Appreciation Day

  1. Get a Darth Vader costume

  2. Go from door to door in your neighborhood knocking on doors.

  3. When someone answers the door, yell “Happy National Darth Vader Appreciation Day!”

  • Answerer acts appreciative: Thank them for appreciating Darth Vader. Leave

  • Answerer acts unappreciative: Say “I find your lack of faith disturbing” then make the finger-pinchy force-choke motion. Leave.

Seems like a good parent-child activity. Child can dress like Darth Vader, parent can dress like Grand Moff Tarkin and say “Vader, release him!” at the appropriate point in the force-choking, especially if it seems like the whole interaction with the confused neighbor is maybe getting heavy. Alternately, child can learn to empathize with parental demands for restraint by being the one to dress like Grand Moff Tarkin and call the over-eager force-choking parent off the victim.


  1. Michael Burton says:

    July 13th, 2009 at 10:28 am (#)

    Yes, I’m a big supporter. Pick the day and I’ll make sure I walk down the rows of cubes here at Intel doing the same thing.

  2. David says:

    July 13th, 2009 at 6:13 pm (#)

    I must face him… alone…

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