This is something about me that most people don't know. I love Star Trek. I especially enjoyed Star Trek The Next Generation. So when my Love and I were travelling home through Alberta this fall, we stopped in at a Star Trek museum at....you guessed it....Vulcan, Alberta!!
The museum itself is shaped like a space ship, with a shuttle craft just outside the back door. When we decided to stop, I was not expecting the museum to be much, being in a small town and all. When we pulled up and the thing was shaped like a space ship, I began to get quite interested.
As we walked through the museum, there were photos and artifacts and a huge amount of stuff that was donated by a guy who was obviously obsessive about it (thank God someone in the world is!) and so I began talking to my Love about each character and some of the story line, and found myself talking faster, and faster, and faster....until I saw the expression of "Oh, my GOD! I've become involved with a TREKKIE!!???" look on her face. Then I smiled and said, "Oh, never mind." So we continued to explore and, low and behold, they had life size cardboard cutouts of many of the characters. She asked the woman at the front if she would mind taking our picture with the characters. I overheard the woman say, "No problem. But would you like to be in costume?"
"Costumes?! There are costumes?!" Suddenly I was searching for something, anything, that would fit a man of my stature like a kid ripping through Mr. Dressup's tickle trunk! We found costumes and had lots of pictures taken. I always liked the visual enhancement visor, so that is the photo I chose to share with you today.
The reason I like Star Trek? Well, I found that a lot of my personal mystical experiences were reflected in many of the story lines of the episodes. And I also found that it was a great commentary on the social structures, good or bad, that we have in our current society. Much of what one finds in science fiction also eventually becomes science fact. Take the old communication devices of the original series, for example. Somehow these look extremely similar to the cell phones of current times. And the badge communication devices of the Next Generation look a lot like what people are hanging from their ears these days as well. So yes, I am a Trekkie, and proud to be!