50th HNG POST – A Tribute to my Mama

I wanted to do something special for my 50th blog post but I couldn’t think of what would be worthy.  Then it came to me.  The reason I’m here, literally and nerdally (I think I just coined a new word?) is because of my Mom.  She’s the coolest, most awesome Mom ever.  She’s my best friend and confidant.  She has guided me through everything.  She more than deserves to have a milestone post written about her.

She's really Team Edward but she took one for the team

A while back I asked my Mother via text message to give me a nerdy topic to write about.  Here’s how the text convo went:

HNG: “Give me a nerdy topic”

Mom: “Computers”

HNG: “Something else”

Mom: “Driving”

HNG: “That’s not nerdy lol”

Mom: “I am”

Uhhhh…ok…?

She then proceeded to go to the Apple Store.

I don’t think she quite understood the question but it did get me thinking.  I am the nerd I am today because of my Mother.

Since she introduced me to the original Star Trek as a newborn, I can’t deny that it’s true.

We fight hostile alien species together

This is the woman who will brave screaming tweens with me to attend a Twilight event even though she’s never had time to read the books (she likes the movies).  She drove for an hour so that I could meet John de Lancie in High School.  She took me to Vegas for the first time and bought me my first Starfleet uniform back when Star Trek: the Experience was brand new and still carried quality uniforms.  She will always go to opening night of any nerdy movie with me.  She let me paint my room dark blue and then didn’t flinch when I put up enough glow-in-the-dark stars and posters to cover up the new paint job.  She’s a real trooper (though not of the starship variety).

Oh Q, my love for you is omnipotent

She is roughly the size of an Ewok (5 feet, 85 lbs) but didn’t hesitate to jump kick my brother (ninja style!) when he talked back to her once as a teenager.  She was one of only a few women in the Idaho Forest Service and could chop down trees and fight forest fires alongside the big burly men.

In the face of tragedy she shows a strength that any superhero would be in awe of.  My Mother is not only my best friend, she’s my hero and, much as I love Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker, they could never top her in my eyes.

If you think you have a cooler Mom than me, chances are you’re wrong.

Meet her and then tell me otherwise.

Star Trek: The Exhibition

Epic adorableness

It is universally known that I have the most adorable nephew on the planet.  If you were not aware of this, then you need only meet him to realize that I am absolutely correct when I make this declaration.

Now that we’ve established his awesomeness, you can see why I would try to hang out with this little bundle of rad every opportunity I get.

So when my brother discovered that his local museum was doing a Star Trek “where science meets science fiction” exhibition, he immediately texted me and said that we had to go.  I had a wedding and its various festivities on Friday night and Saturday so that left us with Sunday.

Brother + nephew + Star Trek = ftw!

Having been to The Experience in Las Vegas many, many, many times and The Tour that made its way around the country a couple years ago, I had high hopes for The Exhibition. 

Meh.  It was ok. 

It turned out to be a small collection of stuff that I’ve already seen only this time it was poorly displayed and poorly labeled (poor Troi and Riker, their wedding picture was toppled over inside a plastic dome and no one could be bothered to fix it).  The big draw was supposed to be never before seen items from the latest movie…of which I saw exactly 2 items.  What made it fun was seeing Zeke react to it.  Turns out the kid has a thing for phasers and women that take pictures of you surrounded by Tribbles.  He shows true nerd potential and if I have anything to say about it he will grow up to be a nerd to be reckoned with.

I have no idea why the Enterprise is flying across the bridge

The major bummer?  All photographs were banned except for the craptastic ones you had to pay $10 a pop for (see above).  Whatever.  I’m a rebel.  I took some pictures with my iPhone on the sly.  My brother; however, is the perfect Marine and refused to take pictures of me.  Rules shmules Michael!

We got through the whole thing in about an hour and a half (and that’s with my brother reading every single caption).

If you’re in the Riverside area, this weekend is your last chance to see Star Trek: The Exhibition. A guy that had worked some kind of effects on Star Trek: TNG was there and said he was hoping to get some of the background actors to show up on Saturday.  He didn’t seem too enthusiastic that any of them would actually show up though.

I say we all pool our money and get The Experience back open. 

I’ve got a major hankering for a Klingon Encounter.

Q'apla bitches!