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Nichelle Nichols and Me

After much cajoling, my photo with Nichelle Nichols finally arrived! Photographic proof that I met the coolest woman ever.

Nichelle Nichols and Me

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April 27, 2014: The Day I met Nichelle Nichols

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a big Star Trek fan.  I mean, after all, I have a picture of the U.S.S. Enterprise on my blog for goodness sake.  So, imagine my surprise and nerd enthusiasm when I discovered in February that the lovely Nichelle Nichols would be at the Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek convention in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Just a hop, skip, and jump from Philadelphia.

I needed to make this happen.  Now, I have attended a Star Trek convention before.  In fact, it was Creation Entertainment’s last Star Trek convention back in 2013 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9).  I had to go because it was DS9 that introduced me to Star Trek and the whole science fiction genre when I was a wee child of nine.  While there, I got to see Michael Dorn (he and I made eye contact and exchanged hellos in passing on the convention floor), Nana Visitor, and Avery Brooks who lives up to his post-Star Trek reputation of being a little on the eccentric side.

But, I digress.

By the time I found out about Nichelle Nichols’ appearance at the convention, I was (and am) still immersed in my Star Trek project.  Although I call myself a Trekkie, I haven’t seen all of Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) or the subsequent movies or Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG).  I know! Bad Trekkie over here.  Through my watching of TOS, I fell more and more in love with the original cast, especially communications officer Lieutenant Uhura.  I found when watching episodes in which she was featured, I naturally gravitated toward her.

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Ready, Set, Go!

In an uncharacteristic move, I rung in the new year creating a vision board with my best friend.  When I started my vision board in the last waning minutes of 2012, I had no idea what would be the final result.  Surprisingly, one large goal was to complete my first ever 5k.  Throughout 2012, I ran off and on.  A cheaper alternative to a gym membership.  But, that workout routine was largely unfocused.  Represented on my vision board as a pair of running shoes, a racing number, and finish line sign, I began 2013 with a clear goal in mind.

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