Starchasers Tour de Tacky
The night was alive with the buzzing of starship pilots, eager to begin our flight through the Buttonwood Park Constellation. Our merry mission: to spread holiday cheer to ring in the new year!
Operation Tour de Tacky, the Starchasers’ annual holiday lights ride and gift drive, was in conjunction with the the South Coast LGBTQ+ Network, to collect toys and other gifts for underprivileged children. Thanks to the support of our community, including local businesses like Calico, The MadLila, Hewn, Subtext Bookshop, Dough Co., and Juice’d Cafe, as well as the local Girl Scouts troop. With their help, we were able to collect hundreds of toys for all the good little children on our list.
We established a basecamp around our usual launchpad, complete with warm coffee molecules and unsavory snacks. Our toy drop bins, already overflowing were hungry for more donations. As we set them up, there was already a line of civilians waiting to add to the pile! Santa Claus (Civiclaus? Santatron?) was there to greet everyone and deliver the mission briefing.
Shadowman led the procession of 25 festively spruced up pilots, all aboard dazzlingly decorated ships to send a joyful beacon of hope and joy into the cold depths of space. With the thermometer hovering in the mid to high 20’s F. The general consensus was that without any wind in the vacuum of space, 28 degrees wasn’t bad at all. Actually it was quite comfortable. However, after a few orbits around the park, it became clear that we were the wind and the cold prompted some pilots to abandon ship. While some packed up and left early, others stuck it out at basecamp. The remaining pilots orbited several laps around the constellation. The path was icy but spirits were warm. Everyone was having a wonderful time!
Four Starchasers (TV, Veve, Boomer, and SheRa) were knighted as Pilots, everyone finally received their colors, and then awards were presented.
Stone Cogs were awarded to Firefly, Redbeard, TV, and Boomer for displaying exceptional performance, participation, enthusiasm, and support throughout this very challenging season.
This was the first year a Starchasers pilot was eligible to receive the Iron Cog! Due to a temporal anomaly and the ever expanding heart of our charismatic cult leader by grace of the Cosmic Cog, two pilots were chosen. The Dadmiral delivered a heartfelt speech about the spirit of the Starchasers and the significance of our mission. It was all very emotional and inspiring. You really should have been there. Then, he read the beginnings of an epic poem from the Book of the Starchasers:
***The Legend of the Iron Cogs***
Our adventures began back in twenty twelve
A small crew of dreamers decided to delve
Into chromasonic world of funkadelic wonder
Of cosmic indulgence and superfluous blunder
Building spaceships from bicycles found in the trash
“Safety third!” we would cry when they’d inevitably crash
But our mission expanded as things often do
Beyond fun & games tho we still do that too
We fly for freedom, for love, and for fun
For justice and equity for everyone
We aim to be helpful, dependable, trusted
And stand ever ready when funk needs to be busted
It takes lots of work to do what we do
And special space pilots to help run this crew
So, it’s with great pleasure that I present to you
The two 2020 Iron Cogs, that’s right two!
This pilot keeps us all in our place
Leading by example with style and grace
Always ready to help a pilot in need
TurboHoney is the Starchaser queen bee, indeed
This pilot is all heart and full of sass
If they weren’t right most of the time, they’d be such a pain in my [aft]
With the Prime Directive always front and center
Mad Owl soars above to guide us through any weather
Thank you Iron Cogs you’ve earned your place well
In legends of Heroes for all to tell
Fly safe, dear Starchasers, fly safe and fly true
Move forward & strive to be a superhero you.
Three cheers for the Iron Cogs!
Finally, all Starchasers were presented with pins, spoke cards, stickers, and gifts exchanged before we loaded all the toys into the transports. Then, the Starchasers flew off out of sight, shouting “Merry Life Day to all and to all a goodnight!”