Let me begin by saying, I have fallen in love with Dr. Who, but things weren’t always this way. Growing up we were not really allowed all that much SciFi except when my mom would watch Star Trek. As I got older Star Trek continued to be the sum total of my SciFi experience, even though I did not follow it in any sort of regular way. By time I got to college I decided to major in Theatre. While we do have some geeks in our midst, the dynamic is really more pretentious than anything. At the same time, many of my friends would be considered in the geek category, including things like D&D, Magik, comic books, and SciFi. I just never crossed over.
While living in CA I found more of the similar comic book friends, but still resisted, then I met someone. He has a huge comic book collection, loves SciFi, but doesn’t do dressing up for things if it’s not Halloween. I started reading some graphic novels and I was off. Next it was “Good Omens” (Best. Book. Ever!) then everything else available by Gaimen and Pratchett. There was no way to know where this would lead.
Then, one day, I came home and he was watching something I didn’t recognize. It seemed pretty physically intensive with a great deal of running. After over-hearing a few episodes I asked – “Is the world always ending with these people” and “Pretty much” was the reply. I’m still not sure why I decided to watch that first episode, but once I did it completed the toppling of my pretentious dropping me into the pool of geekdom.
I’ve never been happier and never looked back. While it is sad to see how much I missed (This excludes Star Wars, sorry, it is not something I miss at all, on accident) I’m glad to have to opportunity to join this league of wonderful people and great ideas.