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STAR TREK 50th Anniversary!!! 
The first episode of Star Trek aired on September 8th, 1966.

Marilyn and I were there, watching the iconic show when it first appeared on TV! 50 years ago! Wow, it's hard to believe. And we were hooked from the beginning.

Call us Trekkies (we used to believe that was an insult, hahaha), or call us Trekkers (what Trekkies always preferred to call themselves). We have been from the first, no doubt. We were huge fans and the show truly did have an important impact on our lives.

The very first fanfiction (fanfic) either of us ever wrote was a story Marilyn penned about this show. Yes, we still have it (and I can still vividly remember it without a re-read).

We've spent a lot of time today watching US Open tennis, of course. But we've also spent a lot of time watching Star Trek. Actually, we've been watching Star Trek a lot during this vacation.

But TODAY it's about what is now called CLASSIC Star Trek (or Classic Trek) -- meaning the original series that featured Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. Leonard McCoy, Yeoman Janice Rand, Uhura, Sulu, Montgomery Scott, Nurse Christine Chapel and Ensign Pavel Chekov (plus slews of wonderful guest characters over the years).

It's on in the background as I type this blog. What a wonderful show!

The other fun thing we did today? Play an App for our iPads -- a game called SimCity BuildIt. We're both hooked. Hahaha.

Actually, this is NOT the first Sims game we've ever played. I was a HUGE FAN of The Sims for computer (the original version and subsequent expansion packs, created back in 2000). I spent hours and hours playing that game, way back when.

I always found The Sims very relaxing! Everyone who played the game played it differently. It was as if there was something for EVERYONE. You got to design and build houses, decorate houses, furnish houses, create the people who would inhabit the houses (how they looked and what they wore), you put people into houses and then determined who lived with them and what career they would have. But it was so much MORE than that!!! People had inherent personality traits, and you helped them to gain skills and make friends and fall in love. You had a neighborhood of various Sims who interacted with one another. Fascinating.

I never did get The Sims 2 (or later versions). Marilyn played The Sims Medieval at one point, though, and loved it. I just kept playing with the original Sims (and various expansions) for years.

SimCity was actually created for the computer back in 1989, but we never played it before today. It predates The Sims (which you can tell by the date). There was a plan to make a crossover game, but they eventually dumped that idea.

We finally ate some fried tomatoes (green and red) late tonight -- the first time this year! It's hard to believe we had none in the month of August... They were delicious -- but I still need to clean up the mess. (They're a lot of work to make, but worth it!)

It's also Thursday night, so I need to go do the garbage and recycling. Well, mainly the recycling, as happily this is not real garbage week. I can work on part of it tomorrow, I guess.

I'm still coughing and puny and I spent a LOT OF TIME sleeping today. (Actually, I slept a TON.) But I think I AM finally getting a little better, thankfully!!!

And that's Thursday!
September 10, 2016 (Saturday) 02:18 am (UTC)
Glad you're feeling better!

Hi, I'm back at LJ. *waves*

I haven't played Sims(2) in years, it would be fun. But I"m afraid I'd get sucked in and never get anything else done. Ever, LOL.
September 11, 2016 (Sunday) 10:28 am (UTC)
Delighted you're back, Becky! Can't beat good old LJ.

And I know what you mean about Sims! It used to really suck my time...

September 10, 2016 (Saturday) 03:26 am (UTC)
I only got to watch it when my sister was home from school as my parents wouldn't stay up to watch it with me.
So, I didn't see it until December...
September 11, 2016 (Sunday) 10:28 am (UTC)
Isn't it amazing how well we remember those days? (Of course, you're younger, Frank, than Marilyn and me...)

September 11, 2016 (Sunday) 12:05 pm (UTC)
It is always a bit strange for me because what I thought was going on in the show when I was very young was not what I think is going on now.
So I sometimes miss episodes that didn't really exist. A 5 year old's interpretation of some of the shows...