100 things to do in 1000 days; #23: Go to a
San Diego Comic Con.
I didn’t get tickets to the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con in July, which was a pretty crappy birthday presnot. And since the next one will be NEXT July, which is several months after September (my end date), there won’t be time to try again. So, in consolation, I booked myself a trip to Central America (FUCK YOU, CALIFORNIA, I’M GOING TO FREAKING BELIZE) and a ticket to a night with the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (for the geekery).
Does this count as an acceptable substitution for my List? I asked the ubiquitous (on this blog, I mean) Nataly for her opinion.
“Was it a horrible experience including long lines and endless booths trying to sell you shit?”
Pictured: long lines (of seated people…who were formerly standing), and a booth trying to sell me shit.
So I’m going with yes.
Whatever, I did something nerdy in a convention centre. Done and done.
Quick background: I love Star Trek. I love TOS, I love DS9, VOY will always have a place in my heart because it was the after-school reruns of that one on the Space Channel that first got me into Star Trek, and ENT can go die in a fire, but my favourite Star Trek has always been TNG. One of my more embarrassing crushes was the giant one I had on Data when I was in the lower years of high school. This was immediately after developing a crush on Mr. Mistoffelees from Cats, so…guys playing non-humans in white make-up was clearly a turn-on in my tween years. Moving on.
Things I learned today:
- Levar Burton and Patrick Stewart kissed. Apparently, Stewart is making the rounds.
- Brent Spiner is a black man, and also a woman.
- TNG is as good as it was because of Old Baldy. Courtesy of Sirtis.
- Seriously, she’s the best. Asked the moderators to take the question of a girl in yellow who had her hand up since the beginning.
- Patrick Stewart always sees four lights.
- Deep. Throat. Nine.
- Paramount Studio Christmas presents include: 75th anniversary shot glasses that the cast later found out were on sale in the gift shop, cassettes of the Godfather trilogy (I don’t know if that means VHS or ACTUAL TAPES OF THE AUDIO), and baseball caps.
- If Star Trek comes back to TV, Sirtis votes for a sitcom: The Riker’s in Space, with their pet dog, Worf.
- Sirtis objects to TOS being called “Classic” Trek, as that would make TNG diet Trek. I agree, that would be unacceptable. Voyager in diet Trek. Enterprise is Trek Zero.
- Stewart and Spiner wanted to keep their uniforms but were told they weren’t allowed. Sirtis just took the shit she wanted, no asking.
- Frakes’ mother has a picture of him and Stewart on the fridge, and the half with his face on it is folded underneath.
- Favourite Roddenberry quotes: “In the 24th century, there will be no hunger, there will be no greed, and all the children will want to read.” ~ Frakes; “In the 24th century, no one will care.” (When asked whether surely there will be a cure for baldness in the 24th c) ~ Stewart, naturally
- Marina Sirtis hates the effing French, and doesn’t understand why they needed to be represented in the 24th century
- I love Marina Sirtis.
- Patrick Stewart is still the king.
I won’t post any videos, because the cast asked very nicely, but let’s just say that if I did have a recording of Patrick Stewart sharing his fondest memories of Levar Burton in a segment that ended with a full-on mouth-to-mouth kiss, wouldn’t it be really, really, unbearably, typically annoying if some tall guy stood in front of me and cut off the camera right at the pertinent moment? Fuck that hypothetical guy.
Posted on March 10, 2013, in 100 things in 1000 days and tagged 100 things in 1000 days, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, I like liking things, Jean-Luc Picard, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: TNG, The Next Generation, Toronto Comicon. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.