May 13, 2010

My Geek Master

I have three brothers AND I'm the baby of the family. It wasn't as torturous as you might imagine. Actually, it was pretty great. A lot of my likes and dislikes were as a result of them but there's one brother in particular you might want to thank - Ralph. My eldest brother is celebrating a milestone birthday today and he's one of the reasons I'm a geek.

I think I may have mentioned somewhere before that my mom was the original lover of Star Trek in our family, well she claims Ralph could recite the entire intro monologue at a very young age. When The Next Generation debuted he was so excited for it I couldn't help but be either.

My brothers didn't always like me playing with their stuff (I sat and watched Super Mario Bros. for years before I was allowed to play!) but of course I would get tossed the odd toy here or there. Somehow I always wound up with Muffit from Battlestar Galactica. I also recall taking Lando Calrissian's cape and putting it on some non-space character and totally screwing everything up.

Sadly, the age gap between us meant Ralph went off to college when I was still pretty young but that didn't mean the nerdy influence stopped. I remember going over to his place and sitting with him while he watched episodes of Doctor Who on PBS. I didn't know who this "Doctor" was at the time but he had a cool pad and awesome theme music. Little did I know, ten years later...

Of course things only got more fun as time went on and I was able to discuss things like time travel and the Prime Directive with him. (I have it on good authority he'd still like a DeLorean) So this is my thank you to Ralph, (who's got two young Padawan's of his own now) for teaching me at a very young age just how cool being a geek is.

3 comments:

Jason Knize said...

Well done, Jill. Very cool. More brothers should ween their little sisters on all things geek. Happy b-day to Ralph!

Eru Dani said...

Awesome family! Happy b-day to your brother! And keep the nerdy stuff coming! =D

Girls Are said...

Oh, how great to have an older brother like that! I was the oldest in my family, so fortunately my geeky dad is my major influence, although I had a similar Super Mario Bros situation with my uncle for a while (he was only 10 year older than me and Mario master).

Rosalind
Girls Are Geeks