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Geordi LaForge is a Fan.

In Product, relationship, travel, Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 9:00 pm

It’s pretty cute when your normally uber logical husband plays the part of a fan boy.

“He said, ‘Heyyyy!  Richard!'” (this is him, excitedly, over the phone with me)

The “Heyyyy! Richard!” came from LeVar Burton, aka Geordi La Forge, Star Trek Next Generation, at Comic-Con 2010.  Understand that this greeting has “roots”, so to speak, in E3 2008, when my husband first met LeVar.

Here’s how the story “goes”:  Richard was sitting in one of the E3 lounges and overheard some conversations about Xbox.  To his surprise, the conversation was coming from LeVar and his group, which was very exciting to Richard, a massive Star Trek fan.  A few minutes later, Richard had scooted closer and introduced himself, discovering that LeVar is a huge Xbox devotee.  So…they all geeked out together, which made my geek pretty happy.

Flash forward to Comic-Con at the Tweethouse event.  “Heyyyy Richard!”

“He totally recognized me.  I didn’t think he would.”  (this is him) And apparently, they started geeking out about Xbox stuff all over again.

They’ve been friends on Xbox Live since their first meeting, but I think it’s safe to say that “Geordi” is now a little bit of a fan…of both Xbox and my husband.


The New Center of Our Universe: Halo Reach Console.

In gaming, interior decorating, Major Nelson, Product, relationship, travel on July 22, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I’ll admit it:  I know nothing about Halo Reach except that I think the commercials are really, really cool and that Richard is geeking out over the new limited edition console (which he worked on).

He brought it home the other day to do a test before a work trip/thing-or-other, left a flurry of packaging on the living room floor in his excitement to install it quickly and said…

(wait for it)

“This will now be the center of our universe.” (this is him)

I’m totally serious.  I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean, so I asked.

“All you need to know is that it matches the t-v.” (this is him.)

He is referring to my preference for keeping entertainment devices and their accessories in a certain color scheme, because the massive 64″ television dominating our living room is silver.   (See June 2010 posting: What’s in the Black Case?)

I ask you women:  Is this so wrong?

Some time passes, and I ask more questions.

“What makes the new Halo console different?”  (this is me)

“The sounds it makes are from Halo.”  (him)

“Oh.”  (me, still a little bewildered by the gravity of his excitement)

Postscript:  In the opening hours of Comic-Con 2010, Major Nelson used Richard’s console to film his Xbox Live report on the new product. Richard thought that was kind of cool.  I’ll admit, I thought so too.

Regression. Another Wardrobe Malfunction.

In fashion and style, relationship, travel on July 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm

“Sometimes it’s nice to go back to what’s comfortable.”

That was Richard’s response this morning as I intercepted his departure for Xbox headquarters.   A reminder:  we’ve been on a pretty successful journey to eradicating the Wardrobe Malfunctions of the Xbox kind, as detailed in my post, October 2, 2008:  Wardrobe Malfunctions of the Xbox Kind.

Thing he did right today:

  • Wore his nice Guy LaRoche jeans with pocket detail and simple wash that we got in Thailand for $25 USD.  Price is good for him, style is good for me.

Thing he did wrong today:

  • Paired his discount designer jeans with a tourist T-shirt from an African safari.  There was a cheetah (leopard?) on it.  

“Those things don’t go together, honey.”  (this is me)

Him:  Mumble, mumble, something about no nice shirts… really just expressing overall disinterest.

“But, at least I’m half right.” (this is him)

True.  (Sigh.  But we’ve been making so much progress.)

I am quite sure this will not be an issue at work, as the malfunctions are standard with this set.

Can Barely Contain Excitement for MJ and Kinect.

In dance, gaming, movies, Product on July 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I’m trying to focus on work, but my lovely husband sends me this email:

“Since you liked the movie so much, figured this might peak your interest…”

He is referring to the upcoming Ubisoft game featuring Michael Jackson’s music, moves and more.  The title’s release coincides with the Kinect release, which means… this will be at the top of my wish list.

After all, I watched “This It It” three times, mostly for the dancing and pure MJ charisma that can never (truly) be duplicated.

I’m a dancer, not a gamer.  (“I‘m a lover, not a fighter.”  Remember?)

Lost in LOST.

In dinner, dog, family, movies, Product, relationship, TV watching on July 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm

We are about to celebrate our one year anniversary, and these days, “date night” is on the couch.  I couldn’t be happier.

Sure, we could pepper our date nights with the following: 1) a movie, 2) restaurants, 3) plans with friends, 4) any number of social events, and 5) salsa dancing (how we met).

However, when work-related events consume lots of social time, you’re a pretty good chefette, and the amount of content on your husband’s Xbox is enough to keep you in the house for weeks on end if you didn’t have a dog to make you go outside (oh and a job), there is a certain part of me that is just happy to be tranquil on the couch.

Right now, we’re watching the final season of LOST.  The only problem is, when you have an entire season at your fingertips, and the show is as good as LOST, it is easy to just keep watching episode after episode.   It dawns on you that you now have more in common with hard core gamers than you ever thought possible: you are in front of the screen for hours, obsessed, and your tranquility is no longer that.

My solution to this current obsession is to do an Xboxbride mash up of sorts:

  • We’ve invited friends over to BBQ and watch fireworks for the 4th of July…
  • …with the promise of my Sweet Corn, Avocado and Truffle salad…
  • and Hot Tub Time Machine (thanks, Zune VM).

I think I can safely say I’ve combined my content obsession with above options 1, 3 & 4 for our holiday date night… #2 as well, because, well, I’ve been told my corn salad is restaurant quality.  😉

(Note to self:  Plan salsa for next week.)

By the way, I finished six seasons of The Hills in a just a few weeks.  Seriously, I do get out, though.