Saturday was the most nerdy -- and most awesome -- day I've had in years.
I went down to Anaheim and spent the entire day at SoCal GenCon, gathering material for Wednesday's Geek in Review, then came home for dinner, before heading up to the Rialto for a midnight showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with Kallberg, Penner, Nickerson and Pollack.
I don't even know where to start (which is why I'm writing this instead of my column) but holy shit man, what an awesome day it was.
Wrath of Khan is still a great movie, even though Nickerson and I found a whole lot of hilarious sexual double entendre that we hadn't noticed the first time around (Bibi Besch says to a post "Khaaaaaaan!" Kirk, "I want to show you something that will make you feel young again." Wakka-chikka wakka-chikka bow bow!) and Nickerson really wanted to MST3K the heartwarming Kirk-is-David's-father scene with, "Hey dad, want to have a catch?" In fact, we may just have to do something like that in the future. I can see ST:TMP including "nobody will be admitted during the exciting viewing of the Enterprise in drydock sequence of the film."
I've written before about how much I like being a nerd, and how much these geeky things, like graphic novels, rpgs, and science fiction mean to me:
My Road is paved with d20s and TRON DVDs and Atari 2600 games. It's lit by the glow of TNG and BSG episodes and the soundtrack is by Vangelis. It's patrolled by Rover and they sell Soylent Green in the rest stop vending machines. The speed limit is 42, but if you flash your Bavarian Illuminati card, you can use the FTL drive to make it to Milliways in time for dinner.
Daily life, with its attendant parenting and bread-winning responsibilities, often casts a fog across the road. While I can feel it beneath my feet, and see it in my memory, it can be very hard to actually see it. Saturday's trip to the gaming con and midnight geeky movie brought it back into view.
Okay, now I know what my column is going to be about.