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About To Start A Star Trek Time War, Part 2

| Related | January 14, 2014

(My mother is a huge geek, having started with the original ‘Star Trek.’ My brother and sister take after her. I take after Dad; we’re more about adventure and action media. The other three will often talk about geeky stuff just to annoy us, until finally, we have enough!)

Brother: “Hey, the new Star Trek comes out next month!”

Sister: “Ooh! We should totally go see the midnight viewing!”

Mom: “Sure, although we’ll have to find something for your sister and your dad to watch.”

Sister: “Yeah. Maybe we can find car explosions for the regular people!”

Me: “Okay, guys. I may not be the expert on everything, but I do know why you shouldn’t look away from a Weeping Angel, that Klingons hate Tribbles and Tribbles hate Klingons, the thirteenth colony is Earth, and the Bothans died bringing the Death Star plans to the Jedi!”

(All three are staring at me in shock. Dad chooses this exact moment to speak up.)

Dad: “Majel Barrett is known as the First Lady of Star Trek as she played a character in every single series, including the original pilot ‘The Cage’ as the first Number One!”

(They never teased us after that.)

About To Start A Star Trek Time War

| Related | June 11, 2013

Mom: “Hey, I want to see the Dalek thing in that Star Trek movie you were watching last month!”

Me: “Um, what?”

Mom: “Which movie was it in?”

Me:Star Trek? What’s a Dalek?”

(Mom shows me a picture.)

Mom: “Well, I don’t mean exactly this. It just looked like that! And it made funny noises.”

Me: “Are you talking about R2D2 in Star Wars?!”

Star Trek Into Sherlock

| Related | June 7, 2013

(I’ve recently introduced my brother to the BBC show ‘Sherlock’, in which Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular detective. We go to see the new movie ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, and are discussing Cumberbatch’s character as we leave. My brother doesn’t usually get my pop culture references.)

Brother: “I can see the appeal, though. He’s strong, intelligent, capable, and driven.”

Me: “Too bad he’s a complete psychopath.”

Brother: “I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research!”

(I burst out laughing, and have to sit in the car for a minute before I am able to regain enough composure to drive.)

About To Start A Star Trek War

| Related | June 3, 2013

(I am watching the Star Trek movie that came out a few years ago. My mom starts watching it with me, and gets pretty into it. It is getting too late, so we end up not finishing it.)

Mom: “Oh! I know what we could do! We can finish that Star Wars movie!”

(I stare in disbelief.)

Mom: “What?”

Me:Star Trek, Mom. Star Trek! Not Star Wars.”

Mom: “Oh, same thing! You know what I meant.”

Me: “No, mom, not the ‘same thing’. How are you my mother?”

Mom: “If I hadn’t been there for your birth, I wouldn’t believe you were my daughter either.”

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Star Trek Names: The Next Generation

, , , , | Right | March 18, 2011

(A female customer comes up to my register with a heap of baby books. She notices my name tag.)

Customer: “That’s an unusual name. Where did your parents come up with it?”

Me: “Oh, my parents are Star Trek fans. The character I’m named after happened to be a name they liked. It’s also Native American and means ‘light’.”

Customer: “It’s beautiful! Do you mind if I write it down?”

(Flattered, I write down my name, the pronunciation, and the definition on a slip of paper. The customer buys the baby books and leaves. Six months later another customer comes in, and sees my unusual name.)

Customer #2: “Oh, so that’s where she got it.”

Me: “Pardon?”

Customer #2: “My sister-in-law just had a baby girl. She said she got the name from an employee in this store.”

Me: “Oh, my. Well please thank her for me. It’s an honor.”

(I never got to meet the next generation of my name. I will not forget the lady who bought the books and chose my name over all the others.)

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