“Fate: protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise.”

This morning I went out to breakfast then did a couple of errands. Each week I keep track of the number of miles I travel just for the heck of it. When I turned on the car this morning, I saw I’d gone 8 miles since Sunday. I must be hibernating. There is no other explanation. I know I don’t get dressed in real clothes (by this I mean outside clothes) most days, but, instead, I wear comfy flannel pants, slippers and a sweatshirt. I shower for the sake of cleanliness and brush my teeth every day. I spent one day and a half cleaning and a few other days reading. I went to a wake, but I didn’t drive so no credit for the mileage. Throw in a few afternoon naps, and we have this week and 8 miles until today. I have now doubled my mileage.

It’s another ugly weekend with cloudy skies. A snow storm is coming tomorrow but not here. We’ll get the rain. We have been spared. North of us will get the snow, amounts not yet determined. The weather is the topic of conversation just about everywhere and is always the lead story on the news. Β Even today’s Syfy lineup of movies is into weather. You have to love these titles. I figure each one gives away the whole plot. Right now I’m watching Storm. Later will come Lightning Strikes, Metal Tornado, Super Cyclone and the evening’s big movie, End of the World. I’m glad I have popcorn.

I admit it. I have been to a couple of Star Trek conventions. My sister and I even dragged our mother to both of them. We didn’t wear uniforms or alien make-up, but we were no less fans than those who did. It was fun walking around the booths and going to the different discussions. We even got to see actors from Star Trek, The Next Generation. We both are still into Star Trek, and every year I give my sister the newest Star Trek ornament from Hallmark for her birthday. We are only missing the first one which is now too expensive to buy. It’s a collector’s item, and this collector wishes she were wealthier.

I guess I’m happy the word geek didn’t arrive until after I’d grown up.

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26 Comments on ““Fate: protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    And there on the NFL Network is The Prince’s Uncle, Eric Fisher going through the combine and being discussed as the number one pick ahead of the smaller less athletic Luke Joekel. Yes we’re are definitely biased but who wouldn’t be. My phone is almost burned out with texts today.

    We have a reservation for The Ivy and Helen Mirren in The Audience. The Judy Dench play is only 80 minutes so we are looking at other options.

    Star Trek is on the list of things that I hate about BBC America, along with stupid Top Gear, Dr Who and cranky chef reruns. They do have the rugby today but the programming has really declined

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      As you can guess, I am a Dr. Who fan and have been since the 60’s when it first appeared on PBS in Boston.

      I listened to NPR this morning, and they were discussing the combine. They mentioned that Jerry Rice had done so poorly he wasn’t drafted early as had been expected. They didn’t discuss current players, and I was sorry they weren’t.

      I am so very jealous that you are seeing Helen Mirren!!!

      • Hedley Says:

        The Mirren tickets were really difficult. Press day isn’t until the beginning of March and the run is pretty much sold out. We dodged days with a matinee as well as an evening performance but had very little to pick from.

        Eric Fisher’s ascendancy continues. I think he is done for the day.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        You got them-that’s all that counts!!

        You can add me to the Eric Fisher fan club!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Uncle Eric did very well and is on his way back to Florida.

      • katry Says:

        Now we just wait for the draft!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, As best as we can guess he is going top ten, the question is just where. The gang ship out NYC for the draft at the end of April…they really should take The Prince on this adventure for Uncle Eric, but 6 might be a bit young

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I think at 6 he’ll long remember the adventure. My sister’s grandson is six and has traveled to Disneyland and New Hampshire from Colorado. He remembers everything.

  2. Bob Says:

    Or put another way, “God watches out for fools and drunks”. Of course it’s an ugly weekend, it’s February in the northeast πŸ™‚

    I have never attended a Star Trek convention. I was and still am a fan of the original TV show with Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner. It was a great program that spoke to the issues of the 1960s without being preachy. Although the special effects were cheesy, every time you flip open a cell phone, and I still have one that flips open, I am reminded of the communicators that were depicted on that TV show. Even though man has not ventured too far from Earth since the 1970s, many of the things that were imagined on that show have come to pass. If we could just invent the transporter then we could conquer the cramped economy seat and jet lag πŸ™‚

    The later versions of the TV series, Star Trek the Next Generation and the others, seemed to me to be too far out and too weird. Besides, who the heck would want to serve under a bald British star fleet captain. One would think if they could invent synthetic vision for a blind person they could grow hair on a billiard ball. I have enjoyed most of the films especially the last one.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I think the original Star Trek was the best of the lot but I liked Picard better than Kirk. It looks cheesy now but it never did to me in the 60’s except when they went from side to side if the ship was hit. Now that was funny. Shatner overacted all the time which is why I like Stewart better.

      The transporter would be great though I suspect they’d charge an enormous amount for luggage. How cool it would be to get there in an instant!

      The reason I liked Stewart was because he was far more of a captain than Shatner. He was authoritative. The baldness never bothered me. I think it a choice as he had an artificial heart so he was into health technology. My favorite movie was when they went back in time to get the whales.

      • Bob Says:

        You are probably right about Picard being a better captain because the series was made after there had been a lot of study on what makes a good captain as a result of airplane accidents where human factors were an issue. The University of Texas at Austin physiology department is the guru of Cockpit Resource Management globally. Their work began in the late 1970s and was sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transpiration Safety Board. The william Shatner Captain was a caricature version of captains of the 1950s and 1960s who were very autocratic and never would ask the advice of the copilot. The number one rule of copilots back then was that the captain was always right and in all cases not covered by number one, refer to back to number one. Of course Shatner always asked the advice of Spock and Bones before making a decision which made his character an early model of a good Cockpit Resource Manager. By the time Picard showed up captains became much better leaders.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Kirk asked but didn’t always listen except he gave more credence to Spock because of his logic. Bones tended to be more excitable.

        Picard had his number one, Commander Riker, who turned down his own ship several times so he could stay with Picard.

  3. olof1 Says:

    The swedish word for geek didn’t arrive until long after I was born but we have the word tΓΆnt that is very similar and I guess I belonged to those people πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I love all the Star Trecks and of course Star Wars, Doctor Who was never shown here as far as I know but I had BBC for some years when I lived in Gothenburg so I came to love that one too πŸ™‚ BBc is probably the best there is in this world! and I wish I had it up here too.

    We’ve had a rather nice day here, some sun, some fog and some clouds. It started out bitterly cold but now it’s almost nice.

    No good movies here today, nor bad ones. It’s the world championships in cross county skiing and that goes before anything in this country. I wonder why because very few I know like to watch it, cheap to broadcast I guess πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Hedley Says:

      Christer
      We have BBC America and unfortunately it is nothing like the real thing. We have constant re runs of the shows I mentioned and very little original content. It’s a shame as it started so brightly with shows like Bargain Hunt, Cash in the Attic and Hotel Doctor.
      I do have access to the World Service in the car which is very nice but sadly our BBC is far from the real BBC.

      Having been mean about BBC America, they are, at least, giving me the home coverage of the rugby from Twickenham without commercials.

      • Bob Says:

        Even the real BBC sucks. Remember the huge fight in the UK to allow competing TV and radio stations forty years ago. Their first rock and roll radio station had to broadcast from a ship off the coast. When I travel to the UK I avoid watching the BBC because now there are so many good TV and radio stations that put the BBC’s programing to shame. Too bad that we are subjected to reruns of some of their junk on PBS here in the US.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I really liked Cash in the Attic and a few other programs whose names I forget but which were on early BBC America.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I also know of those pirate stations, but keep in mind that the motivating force behind the pirates wasn’t some kind of rock ‘n’ roll rebellion; it was good old-fashioned profit: American and Irish owners ran the two biggest stations, trying to sidestep Britain’s refusal to grant radio licenses to commercial broadcasters as the BBC at that time had no commercials.

        It seems many of those ship to shore DJ’s went to work for the BBC once rock and roll and commercialism was allowed.

        I’m a PBS fan and I like many of their BBC imports while I dislike others. As with any television station, I have to pick and choose what I watch.

      • olof1 Says:

        I had BBC Prime and that was a fantastic channel! But I found out they don’t have that any longer in sweden but they do have BBC comedy and news. They showed lots of the absolute best brittish comedies back then and I stopped looking at swedish television totally πŸ™‚

        I got my very English accent by looking at the morning show with Miss Anne Diamond and Nick something, I started to repeat after them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I have been asked how many years I’ve been living in England πŸ™‚ I’ve never really been there , only landed on Heathrow twice and Gatwick once πŸ™‚
        Christer.

      • olof1 Says:

        Bob!

        It was the same here in Sweden and seeing the result I think that they did the right thing stopping commercial tv and radio for as long as they could. Those channels only broadcast pure garbage, just to fill up the gaps between commercials πŸ™‚

        Christer..

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      There are times and places where I too belong! I have been a science fiction fan since I was young. Captain Midnight was an early black and white scifi program I watched when I was a kid. Now it looks horribly dated but not back then.

      It is nearly 3 and the day is still dreary and dark.

      I’m watching the lightning monster burn people to death and attack a town. I think it far more exciting, as bad as it is, than cross country skiing.

      Have a great evening!!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Star Trek was a huge success over here too and I’ve seen all series except the last one. I didn’t like the prequel concept and for me it wasn’t really Star Trek anymore. After Voyager the only logical sequel could have been a black female captain after male white, male black, female white and further forward in time. But they didn’t ask me. Or Spock. I started with “The Next Generation” and it is still my favorite series, though I also like the Kirk series and the episode with the Tribbles is the funniest. My favorite film is the first with V’ger , probably because I followed all available news on the real Voyager probes back than. I haven’t been to conventions and I don’t have any souvenirs, but if I would buy something it would have to be a Tribble.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      The tribbles is wonderful as is the Deep Space Nine back in time tribble episode.

      I liked Voyager a lot because it was so different from the rest with its woman captain and its Delta quadrant adventures. The ship too was really neat with all the different technology.

      Unlike you, I didn’t like that first Trek movie, the V’ger one. My favorite was the one where they went back to get the whales.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I liked Star Trek and Next Gen and Deep Space Nine. I really loved Babylon 5 because I’m a Harlan Ellison fan from way back. He left the series after one season, I think, but it was still good without him.
    I have a Dalek charm on my phone and it spins around and flashes blue whenever the mother ship pings me. It’s been on the phone for a while but it wasn’t until today that I ran across someone who recognized it for what it was. She was young, which disturbed me, because Dr Who has been around for ever. Well, seems like forever.
    It’s 7-ish PM and it’s snowing up here. It started about 5. I was hoping it would forget. πŸ™‚
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I loved Battlestar Galactica and Firefly as well. Sadly, Firefly didn’t last too long. I’m also a Harlan Ellison fan.

      I have a Dalek ornament on my tree and every person who noticed it asked what it was. I think next I’ll get a TARDIS ornament and really confuse them.

      It’s true: Dr. Who has been around for ever. I think they are quite clever in the way they regenerate the doctor when a new actor takes over the role.

      We have rain for a change!

      Have a great evening.


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