BTB: The Excelsior January 30 2020
My parents met in their high school Star Trek club, and so naturally baby's first fandom was the one to which I literally owe my existence. I've lost count of the number of conventions I attended growing up. The Klingons I've met surely number in the hundreds at this point. This may not have made me the coolest kid growing up, but I can honestly boast the ability to paint my body head-to-toe green with no streaking in fifteen minutes flat (while the only tool in my cosplay skill set, I do love to brag about it).
When I was nineteen years old, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting lifelong heroes George Takei and Nichelle Nichols at the Star Trek 40th anniversary gala atop Seattle's Space Needle. They were both so warm and affable and allowed me to hug them (after of course being reassured my green body paint was sealed and wouldn't stain their clothing). I was enchanted, and still smile every time one or the other crosses my Twitter timeline.
George Takei's birthday a handful of years back coincided with local sci-fi lit convention Norwescon, which I took as an ideal opportunity to release a tea tribute to my favorite member of Starfleet: Hikaru Sulu. There's a wonderful scene in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country where we see Sulu captaining his own ship, the USS Excelsior. He is holding a cup of tea and it's a heart-explodingly proud moment for those of us who lovingly followed his Starfleet career. I believe I actually cried when he said "Engage" to his crew for the first time. This scene inspired George Takei's birthday blend: The Excelsior.
Join me for a walk through my synesthetic mind as I created this blend!