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.