Member Spotlight #1 Guy Evans
1. Tell us what you do when you are not in costume?
As many if you know, I’m almost always up to shenanigans of one sort or another in kit. That holds pretty true out of armor as well. I really enjoy most people and I love my life.
I am an avid hiker and backpacker. The mountains are a kind of therapy for me. The quiet you get from being as far out there as I can get is refreshing and rejuvenating. Also, being on the trail with friends for hours can deepen a relationship like nothing else. You don’t get that kind of undistracted time with people very often and I treasure it.
One of my other passions is cooking. I find it immensely relaxing. There is something so intimate and gratifying about feeding people you love. The pandemic has been a good time for cooking although getting back into armor after all this food may be a challenge!
2. What was your favorite troop?
The Pride Parades we do are amazing. Even when it’s nearly 100° out, it’s worth it. Not only is the troop a blast, I have had more than one person come up to me crying after a march. They are so happy to see themselves represented and acknowledged in a franchise they love. I’ve had someone in tears tell me that this was validation they didn’t even know they needed. Don’t ever let anyone tell you representation doesn’t matter. It does and it’s beautiful. Many plastic hugs are given on those days.
While we’re discussing hugs, my other favorite troop will always be the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome. The hugs we get all day are the warmest hardest hugs we’ll ever get. The kids, parents and friends are so amazing. Walking hand in hand with the kids is amazing. They are all so full of love, it’s truly amazing. And the energy of that group is humbling. There’s usually a dance at the end and I’m always up to shake my plastic butt with the kids.
3. Who is your favorite Star Wars Character and why?
This is tough. Ask me 10 times you might get 10 different answers.
I’m generally on OT guy but I really love Ahsoka Tano. Her story over so far has been pretty epic. She is such a rich, complex and amazing character. Being able to follow her from someone I thought was pretty annoying to being my favorite Jedi has been extremely gratifying.
4. Share a funny memory about your time with the Titans.
I don’t think anything will ever quite match the birth of Captian Rainbowbeard.
We troop the fair every year in September and 4 years ago, one of the days we had available to troop was my birthday. I casually asked if anyone wanted to hang out at the fair with me that day. I expected the usual 4-8 people to roster. I think we had 25 or so people sign up. What happened after the troop started with a bungee launch and a caricature drawing. What I ended up with was my beard rainbow colored, I was carrying a sword, wearing bunny ears, pink sunglasses, I had a stuffed monkey, etc, etc. People were stopping us to take pictures. It was one of the craziest days I’ve ever had. It’s the gift that keeps on giving too. Let me tell you, there is nothing a surreal as being at a Halloween party and having someone show up in costume as you, rainbow beard and all.
I just want to say I love and miss my Titan family!