austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

You put your left side in

Usually if a bus isn't crowded I take a couple steps and sit on the right-hand side. The bus wasn't crowded; there were about 14 people. But every one of them was on the left.

There were, I think, two pairs sharing a seat; assuming friends sit together and every person or pair sits more or less randomly, then there was something like one chance in 210 of everybody being on the left. There are fewer left seats, to give space for the doors, but I don't have an exact count so can't make a more precise meaningless number. It's not all that improbable, just surprising. I wonder how much effect peer pressure has. On the rest of the ride three of the next four people who got on sat on the left, and then we hit the stop nearly everybody gets off at and whatever remaining pattern there was was lost.

So in a debate about the terms Trekkie versus Trekker -- I prefer Trekkie, which sounds more joyous and less like an occupation -- someone dug up a 1976 fanzine complaining how Paramount recently invented the word ``Trekkie'' to subtly ridicule the fans who showed up at a rally, and how true fans were ``Trekkers.'' Happily, I found in David Gerrold's 1973 book The Trouble with Tribbles two references to Trekkie, none to Trekker, and no mention of the conflict. I'd like to dig up earlier references to Trekkie; I suspect Trekkie came first and then shy fans invented Trekker in the hopes of sounding less silly, and (unintentionally) considerably less fun.

Alas, the hardcover compilations of the James Blish/Judith Lawrence novelizations of original show episodes I have cut the prefaces out of most of them, so I can't use them for reference, and while I have the separate books and miscellaneous early Trek books, they're all in storage in North America. What I have here are maybe nine Trek books. I'm confident there's an early 70s Isaac Asimov essay that'll settle things my way; I just have to find it.

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Currently Reading: Love Conquers All, Robert Benchley.


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