Wednesday, July 09, 2008

And now for something completely different....

ST:TNG Poster
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist.

I am a Star Trek fan. More of a trekker than a trekkie, but here you can judge for yourself: I started watching the original series in syndication in the late 80's. I looked forward to the New Generation in the 90's every week. I like Voyager, do not like DS9, and am still unsure of that Enterprise show (I catch it only occasionally, and have serious trouble with Sam Beckett as the captain). I have been to exactly 2 conventions in my life (one in Pgh, PA and one in Tulsa, OK). But that is mainly because they just don't come to the east coast that much anymore. And I don't dress up (OK ok once I was Spock for halloween).

At this point you may be wondering why I am rambling on like this...well because 15 hours ago I was informed (by Wil Wheaton , of course) that after 11 years Star Trek: the Experience in Las Vegas will be closing in 6 weeks. And I have been racking my brain on how to get out there before Sept 1st, with my husband (also a fan), but without my 1 year old, before school starts, with both a 2 week vacation/reunion in NH (that has been planned for years), and a bridal shower (which involves a 1 week trip to PA) to attend before then.

I had only heard of The Experience a couple of years ago, and I naively asumed it would exist till I saw it. I have been going thru the 5 stages of grief repeatedly. Denial: How can they close it if i haven't been there yet? Anger: Why didn't anyone tell me sooner? I could of gone in June, I had plenty of time last month! Bargaining: Why can't they keep it open for another few months? Can I go to Vegas and return in one day? Depression: Ian's vacation time is all used up. No one has the time to watch the baby for us. And finally Acceptance: It was just a show, and just a ride, maybe someday the opportunity will appear again.

The above photo is a poster I bought in 1999 at the convention in Tulsa. Marina Sirtis is the only signature I have so far, but I thought I lost it years ago in our moves...Ian found it last week in the garage. Micheal Dorn and Brent Spiner will be in Vegas for a convention in August. Coincidences? I think not.


Aelfie said...

That is a very cool poster.

Although, I have to admit, that when I looked closely at it I was going "Who's the dude between Frakes and Sirtis?"

Then it hit me that it was Dorn without the makeup! Doh! I rarely see him like that.

Megan said...

I'm wacky, because the ONLY Star Trek I've watched is Voyager - it used to be on at midnight the year I was engaged, when my insomnia was so bad. I saw the entire series that way ;)

Hope you can get to Vegas!

Sonda in OR said...

Hope you can go! I'm a big fan of Next Generation, but never got into any of the other. I watched all of the seasons thru Netflix a couple years back with my 9 year old son (yes, there were a few episodes that were censored) but he loved it, too. Man that was such a good show!

Hope you get to experience the Experience.

Anonymous said...

Hey you forgot the torture you put your little sister through. And I quote...

"If you want to watch T.V. we are going to watch this!"
On the T.V. Star Trek (orginal or next generation)

And some of it got to me my favorite episode is an orginal, called Tribble.

And she supported this love by bringing me home a "tribble" from the convention in PA.

Isn't she a great big sister :)