Mike Morris of the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st: http://www.goldengategarrison.com/memberdetail.php?TKID=0901, invited me to bring R2 to their exhibit at the Marin County Fair over the weekend. It was a great gig. Mike put an enormous amount of work into organizing the 5 day event, and he runs the fireworks at night. Thanks for all your hard work Mike. Vader and a number of others were there.
This little guy talked to Lord Vader for at least an hour about various nuances of the Star Wars saga. Vader was gracious, informative, and really funny. At one point I heard him trying to explain the conflict between him and Luke Skywalker to the boy and he said, "In retrospect, I probably made some poor decisions." He killed me.
The highlight of the weekend was getting my mother to pose with some Stormtroopers (and Leia). I'm working on getting my mom an honorary membership in the 501st.