I should preface this post with the fact that...our entire family is made up of nerds. Us as children never had a chance - Dad proposed to Mom using the riddle game from "The Hobbit." To this day some of my fondest memories are of dad rolling us back in the banana chair as the Enterprise-D activates the warp drive. My 1992 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser has been dubbed, "The Millenium Falcon."* Dad is a Lord of the Rings aficionado, Mom is an Orson Scott Card addict.
I am a roaming nerd, and pick up a new "Fandom" every six months or so. Thing Two is a Halo Addict. Screamapillar will tell you her vice is soccer, but it is in actuality Dr Who. Luke Skywalker is a lego/bionicle/star wars/anything-with-small-parts-that-hurt-to-step-on fan, and can tell you its lore for hours and hours. Eclair has yet to find her nerd-niche, but give her time, people, give her time....
Tonight I was viewing Star Trek (2009) with my parents. The following conversation took place tonight, and had me pausing in moderate disbelief that this kind of occurence is completely normal in our household.
Mom: Wait. That's not right! They're building that on the ground!
Dad: No they're not, it's...They're shuttlecraft.
Mom: No, its the Enterprise.
Dad: That's not the Enterprise.
Mom: They're building the ship on the ground! That's wrong! Karen, rewind and pause it.
Dad: No, it's not.
Mom: That IS the Enterprise!! Look! (She gets up and gestures at the screen.) Deflector dish, warp nacelle, saucer section, warp nacelle!
(Dad is quiet for a minute)
Dad: I dont like you. You ruined it for me. I'm going to get some ice cream.