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Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton

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IF YOU LIVED HERE, YOU’D BE HOME NOW.

Star Trek: The Experience is split up into three main areas: a restaurant that features Quark’s Bar, a replica of the DS9 Promenade that is filled with memorabilia and souvenirs, and the actual Star Trek “Experience” itself, which features an amazing trip right onto the bridge of the Enterprise D.

The whole thing is built beneath a huge model of the Enterprise D that hangs from the ceiling in midflight.

This is my first trip to Star Trek: The Experience, and I gasp involuntarily when I see my spaceship hanging there.

Staring at this giant model now, which must be 20 feet across the saucer section, I recall the first time I saw the Enterprise D in flight, when Paramount screened “Encounter At Farpoint” for us back in 1987. I sat in a darkened theater, and when Patrick Stewart intoned, “Space . . . the final frontier . . .” I got goosebumps. The seats began to rumble, and there was my spaceship, cruising by. She was beautiful. When she went to warp speed, my mouth hung open, and tears sprung into my eyes. I knew that I was part of something wonderful.

I point at it and say to Anne, “Hey! Look! I can see my house from here!” I giggle, and she has no idea what I’m talking about, which is one of the reasons I married her.

Anne and I are a little overwhelmed by how large and detailed everything is, but we don’t have any time to take it in, because as soon as we arrive, the fans begin to approach. They’re all very cool and friendly. Most of them have seen ...

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