Yes, there are really people that dress up as a super hero and help people, sometime by using violence. Yes, they may be somewhat mentally unbalanced vigilantes. And yes, they are extremely awesome.
As you may be able to guess by now, my favorite of the real life superheros is Phoenix Jones. I always read news articles about him, talk with my friend Aaron Torres about him, read what he posts (in all caps for some reason?) on Facebook, and I generally think he is cool. Phoenix Jones is probably the most connected of the real life superheros - there is always something online about what he is up to.
Phoenix Jones needs a new suit that is actually bulletproof. His existing suit is bullet resistant, not bulletproof, and he's going to get shot if he keeps up his heroics. That is why I am donating some money to help him get a new suit. I actually think he probably should have accepted corporate sponsorship for his suit, and accepted their advertising on it. However, he did not, and I want him to continue his patrols and support him. This is the first blog post I've ever written encouraging people to give money to something, but I figure something as crazy as a real life super hero fits well with my blog.
If you would like to donate, just use the below PayPal link: