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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hometown Blues

I may sometimes decry the fact that, aside from beer, the only thing that puts my hometown on the map is its proximity to fundamentalist polygamist religious groups. Still, it could be worse... my hometown could be this one. While I have a much deeper philosophical divide with fundamental Mormons than I do with Trekkies (after all, I am a fan of Star Trek. I just don't understand the hardcore Trekkies' desire to base so much of real life around an acknowledged fictional universe... that and the popularity of Klingons continues to baffle me), I think it would be rather hard to live in a place so completely consumed by a single franchise. The Bountiful community, in contrast, tends to spend all of their efforts in shielding their children from our community (aside from baby-sitting jobs, which are seen as valuable sources of income and training...). Of course, I am not advocating that Vulcan should not be capitalizing on their name, as it seems like Star Trek has financially saved the town from oblivion. I just feel badly for any residents who could never stand the show.

4 comments:

Robert said...

ha! hey, I think that is insulting to me! As a trekkie, I am well aware that the REAL Vulcan is not in Alberta! It is in space! DUH!

On another note, have you ever seen Galaxy Quest? That is a hilarious movie. One of my favorites all time

Mozglubov said...

I haven't actually watched that movie, though I have had it recommended to me before. At some point I ought to track it down...

Of course, I did not intend to insult you... but even as a Trekkie, would you want to live in a town that was all Star Trek tourism, all the time?

Mozglubov said...

As usual, when I reread my response the light-hearted tone does not necessarily show through... please take this entire post and my responses with an air of benign jocularity that is not always readily apparent in written text.

Robert said...

no worries!

you are right, I am not sure I would want to live in a town like that.

Galaxy Quest is really good. Your comment on the blog that you don't "understand trekkies desire to base real life around an acknowledged fictional universe" is what made me think of galaxy quest. That movie is just so funny making fun of people who base their entire lives around a tv show, on many different levels. Seriously, I cannot recommend that movie enough.