It’s rare for a fan to be able to put himself into the shoes of a beloved character from a future, fictional television show. It’s rarer still to be able to claim to have one-upped that character. But just this evening, I realised that I have indeed outdone Captain James T. Kirk!
Yeah, yeah, I know. As Ricky Ricardo would say, I’ve “got some ‘splainin’ to do”. (This is where the bragging starts. The staff highly recommends you tune out know. Anyone staying does so at their own risk.)
During the original series of “Star Trek”, first season, there is an episode called “The Naked Time”, where an alien disease causes people to lose emotional control. Kirk’s line is to complain about loving the Enterprise, and the fact that the ship keeps him from loving a human (or any given alien, knowing Kirk) woman. In particular, he bemoans never having “a beach to walk on”. Later, while on the bridge and still suffering the disease, he looks longingly at Yeoman Janice Rand, and says “no beach to walk on” under his breath.
Yes, I’ve outdone him! In particular, I got the once-in-a-lifetime chance to, quite literally, walk along a beach in Ensenada, Mexico, with the 20-years-older-but-still-ravishing Grace Lee Whitney, the actress who played Yeoman Rand.
So suck it, Kirk! I got your beautiful woman AND a beach to walk along with her. In your 300-years-in-the-future FACE!!
(Thank you for your time and patience. We now return you to reality, already in progress.)