Thursday, March 01, 2007

Yes, I love Italian. And so do you.

This past weekend Mrs. Wormer and I stayed at a Bed & Breakfast in celebration of fifteen years of marriage, her birthday, Valentine's Day and the fact that I am pretty much a fabulous guy.

At breakfast we were talking to a wealthy mother and daughter from Mexico (okay Mrs. Wormer was talking, I was eating) and for some reason the subject of television came up (seriously - I was just eating) and Mrs. Wormer referred to me as a "Trekkie." In response to their blank stares she elaborated "he likes to watch Star Trek."

At which point I was surprised to find myself deep into an embarrassment of the High School variety.

What was surprising about this embarrassment was that I've reached the point in my life at almost forty, or thought I have, in which I simply don't give a damn what people think. But here I was turning beat red as my wife explained to this mother and child that I liked to watch klingons and tribbles duke it out.

Some of that could be attributed to context. Here we are in a discussion with a woman that's travelled the world and practically skied her way across Europe. In contrast a life spent in part watching William Shatner outsmart computers just doesn't seem all that glamorous.

Am I a nerd? A geek, sure. But nerd? I just don't know.

In other news director J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to Star Trek VI. Woohoo!

Live long and prosper, baby!


Swinebread said...

I have the same experience when it comes to comic books... except in the city of roses, which is really progressive.

Dean Wormer said...

That reminds me-

I was looking through the graphic novels and the novels on graphic novels at the nearby bookstore and I was wondering if you've considered making a book out of your documentary and getting it published locally.

Don Snabulus said...

You should have set your phaser to stun and you could have laughed as they slumped over their breakfast plates. Then you and the missus could beam back to the shuttle and escapre in the nick of time.

Who is with me?

ladybug said...

Sadly, the Latin world in general is sadly lacking in the sci-fi department (with the exception of the French-Thanks Jules Verne, George Melies et al.)

Perhaps the general everyday Magical Realism wackiness of daily life is enough to deal w/.

But give me more of the Anglo-Saxon imagination! Worlds upon worlds to explore!

Anonymous said...

I certainly know where you're coming from, Dean. Imagine my embarrasment when my wife walked in on me one time intently watching "Bonanza". It didn't help when I tried to explain to her that it was the classic flapjack eating contest episode. I don't think she stopped laughing at me for a week.

Swinebread said...

Ah.. no I hadn't thought of that... hmmmm...

Dean Wormer said...


I laughed out loud at that Bonanza story. so true...