Mourn with me, my friends. For I have gone over to the Dark Side. (Not to mix my metaphors or anything.)
I am a geek. More than just a geek I’m afraid… I am a Trekkie geek. Let me explain.
I am in the process of reading a book called Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. There is a line in the book that reads as follows,
“Beam us up Scotty!”
“Can’t do it brother,” Scott says. “Transporters are broken and we’re all out of lithium crystals.”
Without pause, without thought, I blurted aloud to no one but my dogs,
“Oh King do your research it’s Dilithium… Lithium is from the original series!”
Oh the horror, oh the shame… Can one as gone as I be saved? Oh but wait, it gets so much worse.
I laughed at myself for my foolishness…
You feel relieved to hear that don’t you? To think that there is a bit of sanity left in me? Well, you’re wrong. I did not feel shame for my sentiment only the incorrectness of it.
You see I had suddenly remembered that this section of the book was taking place in the early 80’s and therefore Star Trek: The Next Generation had not taken place. So in fact King had done his research… to a point. Lithium was the correct term, however, Dilithium crystals, or in this case Lithium crystals, don’t have anything to do with the transporter systems… they power the warp drive.
I’m now going away to hang my head in shame. Laugh if you must…
Oh and by the way I should probably point out that my earlier mixed metaphor is a tragic mistake on my part. It is uncouth to mix Star Trek and Star Wars lingo…
What did you think I would miss such a gross error?
Live long and prosper //