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Monday, May 11, 2009

It's Pure Imagination

Over the weekend the latest of the Star Trek movies was released to huge success. I didn't see any on the news, but I'm willing to bet there were people dressed in costumes of various characters of Star Trek. The same will be true true when the latest Harry Potter movie comes out this Summer.
And if there are anymore Star Wars movies the fans will be there in full wardrobe too.

I like Harry Potter books and I like Star Wars, but I've never been so big a fan to feel the need to dress up as Jabba the Hut or Hagrid. Yet, I've grown to respect the uber fans. I used to pass them off as uber geeks, but felt I was being mean.

I realized there was no difference between sci-fi fans and sports fans. We don't look twice when we see a grown man wearing a football, baseball, basketball or hockey jersey. I've seen Cub fans wait in cold and rain to be able to buy tickets for the season. Very similar to those who wait in line to buy movie tickets. I myself have owned a jersey or two.

When I was in 5th or 6th grade I wanted people to call me "The Fonz". It was a release to be somebody else, for awhile. But, then you have those who go way over the top. Documentaries have been made about some of these fans;

Harry Potter fans, We Are Wizards
Comic book heros, Confessions of a Superhero

On Netflix
Star Wars fans, A Galaxy Far Far Away

Sports fans flock to Madison Square Garden to watch the NFL Draft live. That's when college football players get picked to be millionaires.

I don't do all that stuff, but I do respect the passion involved. As we grow up we start to lose our passion for things. I think that is sad, and I don't know why it happens. Or maybe it's just me.
I'm passionate about my family, that's easy.
I enjoy computers, but I could drop that for a day outside in the warm sun any day.
I love good food, but unless you're eating it, it is boring.
My blog brings me joy. I like hearing when I've touched people with my words.

How about you? Tell me what you're passionate about.


bill said...

your right, there is no difference.

i recently watched "Confessions of a Superhero" (it's availible instant on Netflix), it's a disturbing film on some levels. it's like watching a car wreck.

what am i into?, aside from the obvious?

i am into playing ping pong, or as i like to call it: "the sport of the future". and i mean that in a total star warsian way.

i try to play once a week at one of several chicagoland clubs.

ping pong clubs are everywhere and if your going to be a geek you may as well be social about it.

i grew up playing sports and i love the feeling of playing a sport and competing just for the love of the game.

i never want to give that up.

Mark Ploch said...

Competition is a great hobby.
I played ping pong on our Wii. Won a gold medal.


bill said...

it's on! you're going down!

Scott Plocharczyk said...

I'm passionate about people who keep putting their faces on other people's bodies. STOP IT!

Mark Ploch said...


You will be beaten like a child-proof bottle of Oxy-contin at Rush Limbaugh house on a Saturday night.

Scott, do be a hater.

bill said...

ha ha! good one!

Anonymous said...


Tara said...

Sports, sci-fi, you are all geeks to me, lol. I like to read and garden. It's an exciting life I live, and I enjoy every minute of the simplicity.

PeaKay40 said...

Interesting comments......
Ping Pong, I was good at that in my younger years.Played it at the playgroung and competed with other people from other playgrounds.
Lots of fun.
Nice to hear someone talk about simplicity. Not a whole lot of that going around these days.
My passion?
Guess I'd have to say cooking.
Especially for friends and family.
No better way to loose yourself and
do something nice for those you care for.
Life today is anything but simple or easy. Too much stress. Too many politically correct issues.
Nobody thinks much about the other guy anymore.
Passion for anything today seems to be wrapped up in cell phones.
Is there anything they don't do?
I'm glad I don't have one.

Jeff said...

You're passionate about being gay, Anonymous? Good for you! You're not a real consevative these days unless your a closet homo. There could be a job for you in the Republican party or at the Vatican. Hahahahaha!!!!!!

Mark Ploch said...

Why? You've lowered even your standards.

Do you have something against passion or just people expressing theirs?

Don't sully my blog with your juvenile antics. If you have a point make it otherwise go elsewhere.

Mayor of Cresrtwood said...

Clean drinking water.

Adam Allpow said...

If there's a ping pong grudge match I'd better get a call.