This post is for you lovers of science fiction and mythopoetic fantasy literature. As one myself, these made me laugh.
1) When I first saw this sign, I thought it was a clever joke – but no. Klingons kicked Stormtrooper butt in this ultimate nerd showdown held for a good cause in Portland, Oregon on New Year’s.
“New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are not holidays people typically think of to give blood,” said Steve Stegeman, CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. “We have to get a little bit creative.”
You can read more about it in the Oregonian. I just can’t help but wonder what blood type each of them are…
2) Then there are the Xmas ornaments.
My dear friend Burnie, who taught science fiction and fantasy to two generations of brilliant misfits in her high school English classes, has collected Hallmark’s Star Trek ornaments for years. Some of them light up; others even talk. She is amazed to realize that this goofy collection has so increased in value that it may well now form the bulk of her childrens’ inheritance.
Here she is, in a photo taken a few years ago by her porch with me and another close friend.
This cool retro rocket ship night-light is what I gave her this year. The red liquid inside contains glitter that roils around when it heats up from the light. Sometimes a person needs a booster rocket to get to the proper dreamland.
Star Trek is one thing; Lovecraft would be quite another. Would you open a present found under a tree with this on it?
3) Although the holiday season can bring great joy, you might be surprised by the number of folks who feel relief that it is now past.