Hello! My name is Diana Merritt (my family calls me Yodi, as in "Yo, Di, pay attention", hence the forum name) and I'm from Louisville, KY (more or less). I've been a costumed storyteller for a number of years with the Zoo, and started doing charity events dressed as various princesses/superheroines, which meant I ran in several of the same circles as the local 501st, and they have been rather fantastic people doing rather fantastic things in the name of a fandom I'm rather fond of, so I have been hoping to get more involved. My costuming abilities are pretty much limited to providing financial support for/bartering/hot glue and/or torching, so my far-more-talented-at-this-than-I boyfriend, who is part of the legion and local squad, has been helping me with a Jawa! And by helping, I really do mean doing about 99% of the actual work because I'm an unmitigated disaster with sewing machines.
I did weather the bandolier last night. I may have had more fun doing so than strictly necessary.
Hope to get involved soon!