The sort of discussions my wife and I have when we are very sleepy, or, Culture vs Science
I've been working on the theory that my mind is just naturally attuned to new elements to Doctor Who mythology, no matter how obscure or hard to spell. The first time they mentioned Raxicoricofallipatorious, the word stuck, if not the spelling, anyway. Stargate SG-1, on the other hand, it's one long process of me pausing episodes and saying "Wait, that System Lord with an apostrophe in his name they just mentioned, is that the one who killed that other dude with an apostrophe in his name?"Tags: marie Current Mood:
Last night, we watched a good SG-1 episode in the third season. It was a proper mindfuck of an episode with a few good emotional gutpunches. It was, however, utterly unnecessary. When we went to bed, I told Marie that I really liked it, but it would have been a whole lot simpler had the lady with an apostrophe in her name, instead of telepathically sending an episode's worth of hallucinations to Daniel for him to take forty minutes to decipher, just telepathically told him that her son was a Hasenpfeffer and was hiding on the planet Hug.
"You mean her son's a Harcesis and is on the planet Keb," Marie told me.
"Look, my brain's full up enough with Raxicoricofallipatorious and Clom," I said. "I don't have room for Hasenpfeffers, and the least you can do is acknowledge how clever I am bringing Laverne & Shirley into this."
"What are you talking about?"
"Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! It's from the opening of Lavrene & Shirley. You knew that, right?"
"But I never watched Laverne & Shirley."
"Good grief. We'll be eighty years old and I'll still be saying 'You know, he played Potsie on Happy Days'."
"And I'll be asking 'You still can't spell hymenoptera'?"
"H-Y-M-E-N-O-P-T-E-R-A. What's that, something to do with bugs?"
"You remember, six weeks ago I was telling you about how the hymenoptera undertransmogrify with the genes and the half-deploids frazzle with the chromosonal coding and gunkunk the doozers." (Note: Possibly not an exact quote.)
"You did mention that, yes. The point being that the overwhelming, overwhelming majority of people our age know about Laverne and Shirley, whereas only a very, very, peculiar few give one-half of a flying fuck about hymenoptera and half-deploids."
"I know who Laverne and Shirley are; they're those two actresses."
"Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, yes."
Marie mumbled something, at considerable length, about half-deploids and their genetic makeup, and then I think she either fell asleep or pretended to before I told her who played Potsie. I didn't want to mention that I only know how to spell hymenoptera, or guessed that they might be bugs, because there were some butterfly aliens called Menoptera in a 1965 Doctor Who serial called "The Web Planet." It's facts like that which prevent me remembering what a Hasenpfeffer is.