Sunday, November 14, 2010

To Nerdly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before....

A Halloween Guest Blog from the Professor

Because we are evil to the core, your humble Professor and Mary Ann stay up nights thinking of all the different ways we can ruin our kids socially. We eat vegetarian fare from the Moosewood Cookbook, we listen to Brahms and Faure and Stawberry Switchblade (only MA on that last one), and we do not do TV.
Our final fiendish plot (inspired by Michael Chabon and Dr.Who) is to put our kids in our own nosatalgia warp. Instead of exposing them to Avatar (loathesome) and Justin Bieber (what the @#$% ?), we hook them up with Bill and Ted (Prof), The Scarlet Pimpernel (MA) and, as can be seen in these Halloween shots, we have introduced them to Star Trek. Awkward Family Photos, here we come!

It all started with Sebi. He is half Vulcan, it seems, and on any given day he already looks uncannily like the young Spock in the most recent Star Trek movie. All he needed for the full transition: some ears, of course, and the appropriate haircut by our favorite BYU Barber-ella, La Gwen. From there, Will identified with bossy bad-boy Kirk, Maddie loved the hot, brilliant new Uhura. Joss just had to go along with things, although he probably would have rather dressed up as Mater from "Cars."

As always, The best laid plans of mice and parents go astray. Check out Maddie. I did not realize that my 12-year old could work a polyester sheath dress and boots like that. She came out of her room on Halloween morning in that mini-number and it occurred to me: she is going to high school dressed like that. My 12-year old. Wearing that. Against my better judgement, I took her to school like that. Before I left, I predicted to MA that we would be getting phone calls from boys.

The call came. That night. From a boy.

So much for the wisdom of the Nerd-Parents.


12 comments:

bostonshumways said...

i love this. it is hysterical. you guys are our idols and we're hoping to head down the same nerdy path.

nedra said...

I second Saydi! Great post, Professor, and cute pictures. All the boys look perfect and Maddie is beautiful. It's not the dress--it's those eyes, that hair, the smile. Put her in a gunny sack and the boys will still be calling.

Ann said...

I love your family. Awesome. But come on, Justin Bieber isn't that bad, is he? Or have I just grown accustomed?

mary.katherine said...

HAHAHA!! This is hilariously awesome. I love it.

Jessica said...

I am totally in love with your little vulcan. Oh, and would your 12-year-old like a nice 13-year-old penpal in California? 'Cause if I show that photo to Ben, he's gonna want to know her email address.

Frau Magister said...

We love it! But aren't you worried about giving Joss a complex by dressing him up as the redshirt?

Sharon said...

non-evil twin here, lurking... just realized one of your kids is holding a tribble. classic.
also realized when you mentioned moosewood that i want the book i gave away. even though i never used it.

do i sound familiar?

McFamily said...

@ Frau Magister: now that I'm up on redshirt as a star trek term and not an athletic term I can answer you. I wasn't worried because he's Scotty, because he has a last name like Guy Fleegman, and because his other option was to *be* the tribble.
@ Sharon: you can thank ThinkGeek and Uncle John for the tribble. Don't bother getting Moosewood back unless you're trying to impress vegetarian friends. Get Moosewood Cooks at Home instead -- much faster and less fussy.

McFamily said...

@ Ann: the Prof wouldn't know Justin Bieber if he came up and shook his hand. Our kids just say no. In fact they make each other say ablutions after mentioning Miley Cyrus ("BYU!BYU!BYU!")
@ Jessica: Maddie would love a 13-year-old penpal. The CA address is a plus too!

Brenda said...

hahahahaha - you guys are hilarious - now you need to send that as your family Christmas card...

Jennette said...

So fantastic I can't even stand it! I worship your nerdy ways as well. Another post that makes me so sad that we can't be your neighbors.

Jessica said...

bbbrimley at gmail dot com

;-)