revlimiter[Staff] Posted December 4, 2022 Author Report Share Posted December 4, 2022 12/3/22 - Socorro Christmas Light Parade 41st TK troop, 38th for the year, 7th HWT CDZ-5435 - troop 16 and her 1 year trooperversary TI-50597 - troop 8 I tend to go overboard sometimes. I can't help myself. It's a personality flaw. See, we needed 3 strands of lights on our kits minimum. I ended up with 24. Twenty Four (24). That includes 4 strings on the candycane and 5 strings on my HWT pack. But it was my first parade troop and I had to do it up big! My whole family did it up big. My wife had around 12 strings on her bucket, tubes, and chest plate and my daughter had roughly 16 pinned to her sparkle robe. That's Photobomb Vader in the background. Holly Jolly. The family decked out. My daughter was the only GA there. Noticed the umbrella did you? The weather brought us more than a cup of cheer. It was MISERABLE. And let me qualify that statement - I was miserable. It was not my most fun troop ever and that was wholly on my own shoulders (heh). 1) I decided to do my HWT pack. It's only 14 lbs, but I carried it for four hours. FOUR HOURS of pack. 2) I knew it was gonna be really cold and had a chance of rain, so I wore my Rogue One undersuit. With my regular TK suit underneath. Underneath my ANH Stunt. 2.1) I could barely move. Severe motion restriction. The lights, the undersuit, the pack, the hat bapping me in the eye... But most of it was that undersuit. It's not meant for my very form fitting ANH Stunt armor. 3) See the buckets of rain above. and 4) before we left to get soaked, we baked in a literal oven known as the fire department garage. They had the heaters raging above the bays and it was in the 80s inside. So first we baked, then we got soaked and frozen. But I could have just been a regular TK with my regular cold weather undersuit and alleviated most of my discomfort. Ya live and learn. There were a LOT of us. Here's the before shot. And here's the after. Cold and wet, but still together, glowing, smiling, and having fun. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything and am overjoyed that I did it. Just slightly underwhelmed at my own costuming choices. Next year I'll just TK it. 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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