Category Archives: To Boldly Go

William Shatner

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I would like to personally thank William Shatner for appearing at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago this last weekend. I was able to get a photo with him along with a personalized autograph. As you know I am a huge TOS fan. So for me this was an opportunity of a life time.

After all there is only one James T. Kirk.

 

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So yes I am 50 years old and I am wearing a vintage command shirt from Ruby costumes. Yes I am Geekus Extremus. If you don’t know what that means see MacReady on the bridge.

I am a Trekkie.

To understand what I mean please read 47years.

The original pilot for Star Trek failed. The entire crew was changed except for Leonard Nimoy (Mr.Spock). A second pilot was shot ” Where no man has gone before.”

This is when William Shatner was introduced to the world as Captain James T. Kirk. Handsome dashing and heroic Kirk defined for a generation the qualities that a leader should possess.

If the actor William Shatner had not deliver the performances that created this iconic character the Trek franchise would never have happened. Since the official crew was developed over time the series hung solely on Shatner’s performances.

Shatner’s ability to make us believe that Kirk’s ship The USS Enterprise and his crew where in danger and his willingness to do anything to save them is why I watched the reruns my entire life. If you don’t understand heroes click here HEROES.

So thanks again  Wizard World Comic Con Chicago for giving me this opportunity.

and thanks again William Shatner…Captain

P.S.

From now on the picture of Kirk for our Captain’s Log will be my autographed copy. How cool is that…

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

Into Cyberspace

 

boldly-goTo Boldly Go is about going places and doing the things that we love and enjoy. However I am an introverted home body. I don’t like crowds. I am not crazy about new people. If invited somewhere I will just say no because it easier and less stress. But life must be lived. To Boldly Go is now about entering society and facing my fears of others.

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The idea of starting a Blog came as I began reading different things and realized that no one was really doing anything that I was interested in.  Maybe I am to analytical in my approach to life but at the same time I enjoy trying new and different approaches to even the simplest tasks.

Being privately weird is one thing. Friends and family simply look at you and say that’s just how he is. Every family has that odd person. It is quite another thing to go out and share your crazy and encourage others to be equally crazy.

This is making whats private public.

However I am often amazed at how people go through life without ever really thinking about things or asking important questions. That they don’t really plan for things that they can plan for and that they don’t act at opportune moments.

To me this is crazy.

I can say that I have lived parts of my life in both ways. I have been pro-active and re-active. In the end we really have no control. Life is chaos. However planing ahead, trying to minimize risk and having back up plans in case of trouble has always been part of my life. Somehow being ready gives me comfort and a sense of stability.

So taking the time to look at these different parts of life and learning about each area of thought brought me to the point where I felt the need to record these findings. Since my son lives with his mother I don’t spend as much time talking to him as I would like. The thoughts and ideas that I share here I post mainly for him to read. These are things that I feel are important for me to share with him.

For the people who look at their lives they probably break things down like this: career, relationships, physical health, wealth, mental health, emotional health, spiritual well-being. How many times have you seen a pie shaped graphic dividing these areas of your life into equal slices?

How many life coaches use these same classes to define those important areas of your life and tell you how to balance them? The truth is that we are not all the same. We each value different things in our lives and for each of us there are things that we will not compromise.

Sine Qua Non is a Latin phrase that I was introduced to during the BSG virus. It means something absolutely indispensable or essential.

Each of us has something absolutely indispensable or essential in our lives. These are different for each of us. But the thing we have in common is that we each have that which we value or cherish.

So your probably wondering what my point is. Well at first people thought that the Blog idea was weird or crazy. But then somehow the articles seem to make sense. The things being discussed are not really that crazy in spite of all the legos and Star Trek stuff. Like the fact that we all have something absolutely indispensable or essential in our lives.

Sine Qua Non is a phrase you may already know. If not then this is a new phrase and possibly a new concept for you to think about. You may even want to take the time to write out that which is most important to you as well as those values you will not compromise.

Such as my Sine Qua Non list.

But remember that you learned it while you were visiting a Blog-ship in Cyberspace. You may be embarrassed to admit where you learned it but I think you get the point.

To Boldly Go into cyberspace… what else would you expect from a Geekus Extremus?

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

Removing the Mask

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For all these years I have been able to fool people. Cleverly disguised as an adult most people don’t realize that I’m just a big kid at heart. From time to time the Geekus Extremus slips out and they see behind my veil of adult demeanor.

But only for a brief instant.

“blah-blah Tower,” someone says.

“Barad-Dur?” asks I.

“Bara-Huh?” they ask.

Quickly the mask is returned. The mask is there. The mask is always there. Masks are there because society says we are not to be different or unique. Conformity is the order of the day.

” I’ll have my conformity on white bread with plenty of mayo.”

People will be disturbed if they discover that they have no real imagination or independent thoughts. This would mean we are different and not all the same. We have  become so anxious and frightened that we are not allowed to lose anymore because everyone needs to be the same.

Can’t have anyone feeling different…Oh No not that!

So kids… everyone gets a metal… and a trophy… and a ribbon…three cheers!

Even our masks of individuality are the same. Piercings, tattoos or  wild hair cuts anyone? Fine… as long as our non-conformity masks are the same. The mall is having a two for one special on individuality and uniqueness get your piercings now!

Each of us wear many masks. The mask you wear with family. The one you wear with friends. The one you wear to work. Even in your closest and most intimate relationships it is still there isn’t it?

Do you really always say what you feel?

What you think?

Or do you withdraw behind the mask and say nothing?

These are the thoughts never expressed or the feelings never shared. The reality is that no one is truly themselves this way. Yet pretense is accepted. In fact it is expected.

The pretense goes with the mask doesn’t it?

A man is suffering grief. A loved one has died. Do his closest friends suffer their brothers loss? Do they truly feel and share his grief? They put on their funeral masks and use the accepted pretense.

” I am here for you if you need me,” they say.” I am sorry for your loss.” This is enough to meet the expectations. They have played the role of mourner.

But is this all we are ? Are we not capable of so much more? Why can’t we suffer our brothers loss? Why don’t we weep because our brother is weeping?

The shortest verse in the Bible is “Jesus wept.” John 11:35

 

Jesus went to the tomb of his friend to raise him from the dead. Yet he could not meet Lazarus’s sisters and friends without feeling their suffering and loss. His tears were not pretense but of shared grief. Jesus wept because he shared their loss. His heart was suffering as their hearts suffered. He wept as they wept. He suffered his brothers loss with out the mask of pretense.

People ask me why I believe.

I ask them, ” don’t you see the truth of what is written? ”

Even here in the shortest passage of scripture we see the undeniable truth. The passage does not read ” don’t grieve sister I will raise your brother. Jesus Smiled.”  Their loss was real. Their grief real. There was no mask on Christ. He did not close his heart to feeling what they felt or belittle their sorrow. He did the one thing that should be done. He opened himself to the suffering of others. No mask. No pretense. People he loved were suffering so he suffered. They wept so he wept.

The truth of God is in the smallest of sentences. Jesus wept. Christ never wore a mask or hid behind pretense. He never withdrew or hid within himself from the pain of others.

A created story would read ” don’t grieve sister I will raise your brother. Jesus Smiled.”

The truth of Jesus wept is that he lived the truth of who he was… not of what the world expected. He was himself….raw, naked, exposed without the facade of situational pretense and the expected societal masks.

Who among us could walk through the world as we truly are?

Who among us could walk as Christ walks?

If you see the truth of what is written here then you see his truth.

To walk the path of righteousness is To Boldly Go…as Jesus went.

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2014 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

Fear and the Snowman

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When we think of courage we think of the heroic individual who risks everything. The soldier, the fireman, the Policeman are the first three that come to mind. Most of us will never be called upon to display the heroic courage that these individuals have. God willing we will never have to.

Yet, courage is required from us each day. To take a stand and face down our own personal fears takes courage of a different kind.

This is the courage needed to live life.

Have you ever told a lie to avoid a conflict? Have you ever eaten a meal you did not order because you did not want to make scene? Ever decided to just stay home rather than being an outsider at a party? Have you ever held your tongue so you wouldn’t be the only one not to agree?

Life is a series of moments…have courage and live these moments ” Geekus Extremus

So my son was in kindergarten. His elementary school was going to put on a Christmas concert. Each class was to take the stage and sing a song.  Starting with kindergarten they would move up grade by grade. This meant my son’s class would go first.

The problem…the only way my son would sing is if he was on his mother’s lap with his face buried in her neck whispering the song. This is the best I got when his mother asked, ” honey, sing your song for Daddy.”

No matter how we tried he would only whisper-sing in his mother’s ear.

The day of the concert came. We arrived late. There were no seats left. Giving him a few final adjustments to collar and hair I tried a quick pep talk.

” Son… you have to sing really loud OK? See there are no seats left so we are going to have to stand in the back. You have to sing really loud for us to hear you OK?

He wasn’t listening. Excited to see his friends he was off and running.

The lights dimmed and everyone took their seats. Sony cybershots, camcorders and cell phones were filming every minute. Nanny goats would have been easier for this poor teacher to herd onto stage. To her credit she got them into position all according to height.

We parents love to see their darling faces right?

The song they sang was adorable. To our relief all the children sang wonderfully… including my son.

With her hands out like a soccer goalie the teacher moved back and forth trying to get the star struck children off the stage. It was in this moment of chaos that my son took advantage of the distracted teacher.

Walking to the middle of the stage my son peered out into the darkness.  Placing his hand to his brow as if to keep the sun from his eyes he desperately searched.

” DID YOU HEAR THAT DAD? he cried out. Heads and cameras turned to see who the boy was yelling to as laughter filled the room.

Some parents might have been embarrassed at a moment like this.

I wasn’t…not at all.

I laughed with them.

“I SURE DID SON”, I yelled back. “YOU WERE GREAT!”

Following my voice he finally saw us and grinned ear to ear. He gave his signature little wave. I was astonished that this was the same frightened little boy. I was sad when he got pulled back into the herd.

For most of us these are the moments of courage we face. These are the times when we have to overcome fear and doubt and our concerns with the thoughts of others. These are defining moments in our lives.

My son was in the moment and had the courage to face his fear. When I’m in similar situations I think of my son. He is my hero. He is my champion of situational fear.

So you are probably wondering why this is called Fear and the Snowman. Well I was also in the moment that day. To this day remember every word of the song he sang that day…

 

There was a little snowman

who had a carrot nose

and a long came a bunny

and what do you suppose

that hungry little bunny

looking for some lunch

ate the snowman’s nose

nibble nibble crunch

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2013 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

 

47 YEARS

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In 1964, the year I was born, Gene Roddenberry, a longtime fan of science fiction, drafted a proposal for a science-fiction television series that he called Star Trek. Roddenberry presented his concept to the head of Desilu Studio’s who accepted it and  then successfully sold the show to NBC. The first pilot entitled “The Cage” failed. However the NBC executives were still impressed with the concept and made the unusual decision to pay for a second pilot called “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. This pilot proved to be satisfactory to NBC and the network selected Star Trek to be in its upcoming television schedule for the fall of 1966.The first regular episode of Star Trek aired on Thursday, September 8, 1966 from 8:30-9:30 as part of an NBC “sneak preview” block.

I was introduced to Star Trek though reruns growing up. You may know it by it’s retronym as Star Trek: The Original Series (or TOS)  but to us it was just Star Trek. The reruns ran daily for years and phases like ” Beam me up Scotty” and “live long and prosper,” became part of daily language. Star Trek  and the crew of the Enterprise became part of our lives. A letter writing campaign by fans had kept the show on the air a year beyond it’s intended cancellation date. After the shows cancellation, because of these daily re-runs, the fan base only grew. In January 1972  the “First International Star Trek Convention” was held at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York. Organizers hoped for a turnout of 500. What they got were “Trekkies” or “Trekkers” if you prefer and an annual phenomenon ” The Convention” that will not die.

In 1966 I was two years old. In 1972 I was eight years old. So no I did not see the first episode air and no I did not attend the first convention. However I am a “Trekkie” just the same. What exactly is a “Trekkie” and how do they differ from “Trekkers” ?

Two documentaries have attempted to answer the question of why millions of people are attracted to the Star Trek Universe. I can not give you an answer any better than they could. I can only tell you why I’m a Trekkie. Everyday for years I watched re-runs of everything from I Love Lucy to Gilligan’s Island. Of all the re-runs I watched one of my favorites was Star Trek. I would watch it every time it was on. I would watch the same episodes again and again. When Nick at Nite ran re-runs for the Dick Van Dyke Show in prime time and the re-runs beat the new programs I understood. These old shows have a quality to them that can not be resisted. Star Trek is one of those shows.

Being a child growing up in the seventies I also loved cartoons. So of course I also loved the  cartoon series of  Star Trek. This is also known as the animated series or TAS. So I am a Trekkie (ie TOS/TAS).

How does this differ from other Trekkies? Well many people love and enjoy all the various incarnations in the Star Trek Universe: The Next Generation,  Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and of course all the Movies. For me the love of this universe begins and ends in the TOS/TAS era. I will add to this the two new films by J.J Abrams. I have to admit I really enjoyed them.

What about the other films ? Well, ok… I like Wrath of Khan. If you overlook the errors like Khan knowing Chekov. I didn’t like the retrofitted Enterprise. I hated seeing the ship destroyed in The search For Spock. But what I hated most was Generations and the way Kirk dies.

It was unforgivable!!!

What about the other Trek’s ? Well maybe It’s because I can’t see anyone other than the original crew at the helm. Maybe it’s because I can’t accept Klingons as friendly. Maybe it’s because I can’t accept  androids as friendly.

Really… Klingons… on the bridge…of the Enterprise…REALLY?

And Androids…didn’t West World, Alien, Blade Runner and Terminator teach you never trust a machine… even if they do in the sequels?

Maybe it is for all of these reasons but my love of this universe begins and ends with the original crew.  Maybe it’s because the Enterprise only has one Captain and his name is James Tiberius Kirk.

Yeah… I said it… you know it…Kirk owns it !

You see where the GEEKUS EXTREMUS Binomial nomenclature comes in now right?

This year Star Trek: The original series celebrates its 47th year. J.J.Abrams created the best movie my son has seen so far this year  Star Trek: Into Darkness. This  beat even Iron Man 3 on his list. Can you believe it? That tells you that these characters and this ship and their love for each other is special. Even 47 years later.

( Star Trek: Into Darkness releases this Tuesday September 10th to DVD.)

Trekkie vs. Trekker- Well Gene Roddenberry said that the correct term is Trekkie because he invented it. Leonard Nimoy during an anniversary special said the correct term is Trekker.

Confused?

Well if you look around at fan sites and chat rooms you will find that a lot of people see the term Trekkie as carrying negative connotations. Trekkies have been depicted as clueless, lifeless embarrassing people. Some will argue that fans in an effort to change this image invoked the term Trekkers. Other sites will say that the original trek fans call themselves Trekkers to separate themselves from the new fans who are jumping on the band wagon. So how to reconcile the two?

I call myself a Trekkie. Yes I know there are a lot of negative images connected with being a Trekkie. Because the media focuses on the most extreme examples of fandom Trekkies are seen as people who have slid of the plate in life. But in the 70’s that’s what we were. When the patch on your jean jacket says “beam me up Scotty there is no intelligent life here” people know you’re a fan. Everybody new this phase because everyone watched the same re-runs. Trekkies were simply fans of Star Trek.

Twenty one years after the original series aired a new Trek started. Then more Trek’s came. Each offered new characters and stories. Many fans of the original series were fans of the these new Treks as well. So for me these are the people I call Trekkers. These fans that have continued Trekking with each new Trek. Nothing negative about the term at all. Just a way to distinguish preferences.

So why is this a To Go Boldly article?

Well as a Christian I find that a lot of people prejudge me. That I am automatically all the bad things that can be attributed to a person who calls themselves a Christian. I am judged and condemned without a trial. Saying your a Trekkie is a lot like saying your a Christian. They pull out the torches and pitch forks before you can say live long and prosper. I think To Boldly Go should be about more than just having the courage to go out into the world and doing the things that you want to do. I think  To Boldly Go should  also be about having the courage to be who you are.

Whether your a Christian or a Trekkie or both… boldly Go and be who you are in the world.

May the Love of Christ be with you always…

… Live Long and Prosper

 © 2013 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

Gym Days

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So you made the decision to go back to the gym. You want to get into shape. To be Hyborian Strong. Lose a few pounds. Add a some muscle. Improve that BMR. You also understand that in order to make it a habit and to incorporate this habit into your life, you need to go consistently. So far so good.

Now where do you start?

Start with a gym that is close by home. My gym is within walking distance ( less than a mile ) from home. Traveling long distances will just add to your already long list of reasons not to go to the gym today. If the gym is close you can incorporate going to the gym as part of your workout. Walk that mile or run it or even bike it. The last thing you want is to have to take two trains, a bus and a goat to get there. If it’s possible, try to stay close to home.

Most gyms now allow you to pay month- to- month which I recommend. The last thing you want is to sign a contract and then not go because you don’t like the gyms environment. While you may like the environment at first, the staff as well as members can change and in six months your miserable and stuck. Not a good idea. Also ask how you end the membership. Is it by withholding payment ? Do they require a thirty day written notice? Is there a monitory penalty of some kind ? If I start and stop and start again do I have to pay to be re-enrolled as a member ? Make sure you have written confirmation of these things before becoming a member. Another thing to look for is an annual fee on top of your monthly fee. Know the costs before joining.

The next thing  to look at is the hours of operation. Is the gym open 24/7 or do they operate different hours ? In the beginning you are going to try different times of the day so 24/7 access is best.  It is important that the gym is open the hours you feel works best for you. If they are not 24/7 are they open the hours you want to workout ? For instance maybe you do better in the morning and want to go to the gym before work. Does your gym open early enough so you can go before work ? Are you nocturnal ? Do you like going in the middle of the night because there is no one there and you are less self conscious ?

Finding a gym that has all the equipment and space you need is important also. Does your exercise regiment include swimming ? Then you need a pool. Farmers carry ? then you need kettle bells. How about open areas ? Are you jumping rope ? What about those calf muscles ? Do they have a standing calf machine ? How about that T-bar ? You want wide lats don’t you ? Really take a good look around and if you don’t see something ask. Make sure the gym has everything you want and need before you join.

Where do you start ?

So you have become a member of a gym. You are going to need several things like gym shoes. Some clubs do not allow street shoes and insist that you have a different pair just for the club. Some people have one pair for lifting days and one pair for cardio days. It’s all a matter of choice. I do suggest buying at least one new pair if possible. This gives you a sense of commitment to exercise.

You will also need workout clothes. At least several changes so you always have a fresh set. The clothes do not have to be expensive. Loose fitting warm-up pants and some T-shirts should be enough. However if it makes you feel better have color coordinated outfits with matching shoes thats your choice. The main thing is to have enough sets of workout clothes so you can make it to wash day without  skipping a gym day.

Hydration is also important. Having a water bottle with you at all times is a must. You can just bring a throw away bottle or invest in a stainless steel or hi-grade plastic bottle. Personally I like the Sub Zero stainless steel bottles because the water is colder and with a cozy it stays that way.

How much water ? How big of a bottle ? Anywhere from 750ml to 1L is ideal. Keep in mind that you are looking to drink 3 liters a day. The bottle you get is one you need to be happy with since it will go with you everywhere. If you find one brand you like you may  want to get more than one. Remember small sips of water often is better than trying to drink the entire liter in one gulp.

Music is another helpful motivator. Loading up your MP3 player or cell phone with a little Bill Conti or John Williamswill help inspire you to work harder. While some clubs do pipe in music there is nothing better than building your club play list. You may want to build different play lists for the different activities you do as part of your workout. For instance while lifting you might want to listen to a little Basil Poledouris. Of course I do not expect you to have the same tastes in music as I do. Simply load music that is stimulating and encouraging. Motivation is the key.

Depending on your workout you may want a magazine, book, Kindle or tablet. Walking the treadmill is great for the heart but bad on the mind. Even listening to music gets boring. learning something new while you walk that 10 miles will help keep you wanting to get on that treadmill. In fact save some things that you really enjoy reading or doing and only do them at the club. By making these activities club only it will help motivate you to get on the treadmill again. Imagine if the only time people used Facebook was when they were walking  a treadmill, how healthy America would be ? The idea here is carrot and stick. The only way to do this thing is when you are at the club. Don’t hold back here either. Make sure it’s something that you really enjoy. Then commit it as a club only activity.

For example Netflix has Star Trek the original series. The average episode runs about 45-50 minutes. Walk for an entire episode. You can only watch Star Trek on the treadmill at the gym.

There are also all kinds of Apps for keeping track of your progress. Plugging in the numbers and then looking back at the total amount of weight you lifted or miles you walked at the end of the week or month will help you stay motivated.You should always chart your progress. Then reward yourself at milestones.

Other things you might want to consider are lifting gloves, towels, antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer and a combination lock for the locker. Shampoo and body wash if your showering at the club. We may need to cover EDC for the Gym.

Here’s the most important thing…GET MOVING !!!

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2013 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

 

 

 

 

 

Film Festival Survival

DSC00710To Boldly Go means going places and doing things that you always wanted to do. Being a film lover or Cinephile I always wanted to attend one of these week long film festivals like Cannes or even a weekend Noir festival. So when Cinemark hosted an event showing all three Lord of the Rings films back to back I was in. These films were re- released in 2012 prior to the release of the Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey.

In case you are not familiar with these films the initial theatrical release of all three films The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and the Return of the King were edited from Peter Jackson’s original vision to ensure profitability for theater owners. His original vision was realized when the extended cuts were issued on DVD.

These are the versions preferred  by Ringers or Lord of the rings fans. There are several terms to describe Lord of the rings fans. Prior to the films there were largely two terms used. A Tolkienist is a person who is a fan and a student of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Depending on when you became a fan this list would include the Silmarillion. The original trade paperback collection was issued as a boxed set and included the Silmarillion. A Tolkienologist is a person who has studied all the works, including all the histories and collective works as compiled by Christopher Tolkien. These include a working knowledge of both the Elvish and Dwarvish language. The term Ringers emerged as a result of Peter Jackson’s films and the subsequent fan based documentary of the same name on Lord of the Rings fans. As a result I would have to say Ringers are the fans of the films who may or may not have read the books.

So if you are a Ringer, a Tolkienist or a Tolkienologist the one thing that can be agreed on is that the only cuts of these films worth seeing are the extended cuts. Cinemark’s event was for the extended cuts of these films which to my knowledge had not been shown in theaters before.

While everyone has been in a movie theater or film multiplex very few have had the courage, will and determination to attempt an entire day of movie watching. The running times of these films is a total of 12hrs and 35mins with credits.  This does not include the intermissions between films. In our case the first feature started at 11am and we left the theater just before 1am the following day.

Daunting notion isn’t it ? Being there in the theater for that many hours living on nothing but fountain soda and popcorn ? If your lucky there may be nachos and heat lamp hotdogs right ?

Well what you need is a plan…a strategy… a guide to survival…have no fear Geekus Extremus is here !

Remember our motto is be prepared. 

 

THE GUIDE TO FILM FESTIVAL SURVIVAL

1. Buy On-line. Purchase your tickets on-line well in advance of the event. The last thing you want to do is to show up and find out the event was sold out.

2. Get plenty of sleep the night before. If you go tired don’t expect to sit in a dark theater all day and not doze off. Your paying to watch the films not sleep though them.

3. Pack lunches the night before. While theaters may not allow you bring in food from the outside, you can tailgate. Use the intermissions between films to head out to the car and have a sandwich, a cold drink from the cooler and restock on candy.

4. Eat a good breakfast. By starting out on a full stomach you are less likely to hit that concession stand all day. In our case it was scrambled eggs and toast. ( Bilbo would have been proud)

5. Arrive early to the theater. First you want good seats because they will be yours for the day. Second you want to park close enough to the theater so that your tailgate trips between features do not turn into a mile march.

6. Deals and discounts. Many theaters offer discount cards, email coupons or bottomless buckets. Take advantage of these. Marathons tend to offer discounts as well.

7. Seat saving. So you arrived early and got the best seats in the house but now you have to keep them. If you are going with others then someone can stay behind and hold the seats. But we recommend bringing light weight jackets or hoodies to hold the seats with. This way bathroom trips and tailgate runs don’t cost you your hard won seats.

8. Dress in layers.  All theaters are different but the last thing you want is to freeze for 12 hours because of air conditioning. By layering you can control your comfort level and these articles of clothing can help save your seats.

9. Hydration. Theaters offer liter size drinks and discounts on refills, but we don’t want to spend our day in the bathroom or wind up in a diabetic coma. Simple water hydration is the key. Small sips on a bottle of water through out the day will keep you hydrated without bladder failure.

10. Move. So you have had your fill of popcorn and tailgate sandwiches and you don’t need to go to the bathroom, so you volunteer to stay behind to watch the seats. Well don’t just sit there. Get up and move around and get the blood flowing again. Stretch and bend and get the kinks out. In fact get on your feet and don’t sit until the intermission ends.

Well this completes our guide and we hope it helps. If you are a film lover then we encourage you to attend one of these all day marathons or festivals and use our guide to survival. The truth is that there is something good about not doing anything for an entire day. Withdrawing from the world and giving something you enjoy 100% of your attention is not something many of us can do very often. So order your tickets and vanish for a day…it’s fun !

 

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

 © 2013 GEEKUSEXTREMUS.COM

About To Boldly Go

0510132124.jpgIn 1964, the year I was born, Gene Roddenberry, a longtime fan of science fiction, drafted a proposal for a science-fiction television series that he called Star Trek. Roddenberry presented his concept to the head of Desilu Studio’s who accepted it and  then successfully sold the show to NBC. The first pilot entitled “The Cage” failed. However the NBC executives were still impressed with the concept and made the unusual decision to pay for a second pilot called “Where No Man Has Gone Before”.This pilot proved to be satisfactory to NBC and the network selected Star Trek to be in its upcoming television schedule for the fall of 1966.The first regular episode of Star Trek aired on Thursday, September 8, 1966 from 8:30-9:30 as part of an NBC “sneak preview” block.

I was introduced to Star Trek though reruns growing up. You may know it by it’s retronym as Star Trek: The Original Series (or TOS)  but to us it was just Star Trek. The reruns ran daily for years and phases like ” Beam me up Scotty” and “live long and prosper,” became part of daily language. Star Trek  and the crew of the Enterprise became part of our lives. A letter writing campaign by fans had kept the show on the air a year beyond it’s intended cancellation date. After the shows cancellation, because of these daily re-runs, the fan base only grew. In January 1972  the “First International Star Trek Convention” was held at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York. Organizers hoped for a turnout of 500. What they got were “Trekkies” or “Trekkers” if you prefer and an annual phenomenon ” The Convention” that will not die. If it matters “I have and always will be” a Trekkie (ie a TOS/TAS fan).

Sociologists and historians have examined the Star Trek “phenom” and at least for the TOS/TAS era they have concluded that a large part of it was the direction we were moving in as a country at the time. From the highest mountains, to the deepest seas, to that vast coldness of space… we were exploring the unknown. Seeing mans first steps on the moon or the first pictures off the ocean floor… we were watching as mankind was going boldly forward. We were facing our fears of the unknown together.

Our culture today is facing a new “phenomenon” and a new fear. We are no longer wondering what unknown we will find in space or on the ocean floor. To Boldly Go no longer means exploring. Our unknown now is each other. .Our fear is each other. I can see from space on my phone and talk to my car but I am not sure of my neighbor.

In high school a guy named Rob was dating my friends older sister. Rob went to meet a man about a summer job. Rob was never seen alive again. The man he went to meet was John Wayne Gacy. To Boldly Go is now entering society and facing our fears of each other. Should I let my kid get a part time job ? (The Brown’s Chicken Massacre in 1993) Should I home school (Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012) Should we even go anywhere or do anything ( Boston Marathon Bombed…while Im drafting this).

A record numbers of gun licenses are being applied for. Why? Because I can search my computer right now for sex offenders in my community. They appear as little red dots.They are everywhere. I can see their houses from space on my cell phone.

To Boldly Go… I am an introverted home body to begin with. I don’t like crowds. I not crazy about new people. If invited I will just say no because it easier and less stress. But life must be lived. To Boldly Go is now entering society and facing our fears of each other. To Boldly Go can be just going for a walk in your neighborhood.

To Boldly Go…means facing down the fear of others and going places and doing things that you always wanted to do.

May the Love of Christ be with you always….

…Live long and Prosper

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