Just Say It
One of the best things about my job is a monthly mind-meld lunch “meeting” with fellow geeks. A handful of us get together in a conference room to talk about movies, tv shows, toys, and miscellany. It’s kind of like ‘The Finer Things’ club from The Office but infinitely more geeky.
Oh, and did I mention we bring in some of our favorite things for show and tell? No. Okay, well, we’re just awesome.
This month’s meeting included a rousing discussion about The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, wherein one of my comrades asked what I thought about The Hobbit. I answered his question with a question of if he had read my blog post, and he said yes, which was why he wanted to know what I really thought.
This set me thinking that perhaps I come across as insincere with my generous use of snark. Honestly, though, I’m not one to mince words. Forget about beating around the bush, just say it! You can rest assured that I’m going to give it to you straight, friends… unless I’m talking to an older person or some sort of authority figure, I call it like it is. I might hyperbolize the sarcasm a bit, but it still gets to the heart of what I’m really thinking. So, yes, The Hobbit blog sounded confused and cynical because I was confused and frustrated by the movie (as I’m a complete Tolkien novice).
Fast forward to last night when I crossed paths with another geek friend who asked me what I thought about the J.J. Abrams Star Wars news.
“Is that getting your Star Wars too close to my Star Trek? Is it like getting peanut butter in your chocolate?”
I’ve apparently made it clear that I generally despise all things Trek, notwithstanding my childhood enjoyment of The Next Generation. Or at least I did until J.J. Abrams took over the franchise films. I’m ashamed to admit that I actually kind of pretty much really liked the 2009 adaptation, after I finally saw it last month haha. And I enjoyed the first ten minutes of Into Darkness about as much as I did the sum of The Hobbit.
If this dude can single-handedly make me like Star Trek, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with Star Wars. I’m even more excited than I was before, which is saying something.
Oh, and I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate together. Do my friends know me at all?!?!?!