I should change my avatar to say "resurrector of dead posts."
I agree that gambling (and cheating at it) is a little darkside for Ben (though he does say, "In my experience there's no such thing as luck"). I think it's more reasonable to assume that he was able to live off of trading with other farmers. He had a lot of furs in his house, so I think it's also reasonable to assume that he used the Force (certainly not an uncivilized blaster) to stun, capture, and kill animals to eat, and then kept the furs as functional decoration.
From what I read about him on Wookieepedia, I understand Ben would sometimes go into Anchorhead and have a brandy. As far as how he got there, I don't think it's too far a stretch to assume that Ben somehow acquired a speeder bike or swoop or something. I know he hated flying, but this would be different.
Ben is the kind of guy I'd want to hang out with. Simple, wise, unpretentious, but not to high on himself to refuse a good drink.
Post by Larwi B'nu on May 28, 2008 19:13:37 GMT -5
I like Ani-Chay's theory that Ben probably gambled...but it does attract some attention when thieves and low lifes start losing to an unassuming old man. Maybe he sold Ramen noodles? ;-D Okay, in all seriousness, I don't see how he could have grown anything out where he was at...then again, I don't suppose I could have seen how anything grows on Tatooine at all! That is one desolate, hot, sandy planet.... I'm inclined to go with Ani-Chay's theory of gambling.
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