I hardly ever watch tv (why watch when you can blog?) but when I do, “The Big Bang Theory” is my show of choice. Of all the fabulous characters, my favourite is Sheldon Cooper, the endearing, comic book loving, geeky, socially oblivious germophobe genius.
Today, instead of watching him on a screen, I decided to watch him from the inside, choosing a few moments to try to experience life from his point of view.
The location had to be right to bring out the Sheldoness in me, so naturally, I placed myself in the heart of Sheldendom- a comic book store. You have to understand, this was way out of my comfort zone. The only way to pull it off was to turn into Sheldon.
I headed straight for the comic bin. “Got it, got it, got it, need it, got it, need it…”. I began to take pride in how many “Got it”s I came up with and started believing that I actually had an extensive comic book collection.
“Can I help you?” asked the owner.
“Yes,” I answered, impatient to have to speak to another human being. “Where are your Green Lantern collectibles?” (As if I even knew what I was asking for!)
The lady showed me all kinds of things: part 2 of a multi-part Green Lantern statue (collect all three and you get a bonus Alan Scott figure), a Green Lantern Ring Prop Replica which included the rare Death Ring, a fabric poster… And then, the Holy Grail- behind the counter, up on the highest shelf, was a Green Lantern neon sign you could display in a window. It would herald to all the other comic geeks that a fellow knower of superhero lore lives in this place, and would leave the non-initiated oblivious to the elite status of the dweller. I had to have it. I reached for my credit card.
Pulling it out, my eyes fell to the name on the card and I remembered that I have no clue what the Green Lantern is and that I have no elite status. The boyhood excitement of Sheldon Cooper left me.
I returned, feeling guilty for wasting the store owner’s time. As penance, I bought an action figure of some character that was on sale. I’ll probably give it to one of those children’s charity drives. I hope it brings some kid a moment of boyhood excitement like I experienced today.
Creating Smiles Update
Just an update on how the week is going putting the Creating Smiles project into practice:
The action I was given today was to contact someone I hadn’t talked with in a while.
I emailed a semi-long-lost friend I haven’t spoken with in a few months: “How are you? What’s new? You ready for Christmas?”
She emailed back a short while later saying she was just thinking of emailing me. She attached a message sent three hours previously by our mutual friend who suggested that the three of us get together this weekend. How do you like that!
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