When I was in high school, I often went to Star Trek conventions with my friend. One of the things I enjoyed doing was going to the dealers’ room where I could buy a lot of different Star Trek goods. I wanted the books, mostly. On Facebook, I saw a gallery of Star Trek starship cutaways, which brought back a lot of memories.
There are three books I bought at the conventions that have a lot of diagrams and schematics. I think the biggest and most thorough one is the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual. I thought it was an incredible book. I still have it, but it’s in Canada. I’m looking forward to reading it again. I’ve even had it autographed by James Doohan. Although it’s the wrong ship, he did appear in one episode of TNG.
I have a couple other books with many diagrams. They are Jackill’s Star Fleet Reference Manual: Ships of the Fleet Volume I and Volume II. Those books are incredible, although not official. They have so many original cast movie era starships with cutaways from side and front, and many diagrams, statistics, and more. I loved those books. But you know what? Searching for these books on Amazon gave me a surprise. There’s a Volume III! I had no idea. Looks like the Excelsior class is on the cover. I must try and get this book.
Now, I have to try and make diagrams of the ships that take the colonists to Ariadne. That’ll be quite the monumental task, I think.
Time just keeps going by quickly. It’s only four months until we go to Canada. There’s a lot of work to do, but I’m also anticipating a lot of more exciting things.
There are things that will happen that I’ve never experienced before. First, a lot of my relatives will be meeting my daughter for the first time. My mom will get to see her for the first time in person. My dad will also see her for the first time. Another thing is that I’m going to have a car for the first time. I’m really looking forward to that.
There’s a lot of food I want to eat again:
- Harvey’s burgers
- Arby’s sandwiches
- Cheese! Sure, there’s cheese in Japan, but it’s almost all processed.
- Potato chip flavours including dill pickle, Miss Vickie’s salt and vinegar, jalapeno, and barbecue.
- Green peas, which are so expensive in Japan.
- Cheez Whiz
- Bacon that gets crispy when cooked
I’m also looking forward to joining the local fitness/sports centre, which also has a library. I want to go swimming and skating.
I will also finally be able to play SimCity 4 again, after I buy a new copy.
I’ll be able to watch all the Star Trek I want. And we’ll see movies occasionally.
Along with having a car, we’ll be able to take trips without having to deal with buses and trains, which can be difficult with a young child like we have.
It’ll also be nice to see the Rocky Mountains again.
There’s so much more to experience once again. It’ll also be great to see friends and family. Have I forgotten anything?