LLAP It’s All Geek To Me
Leonard Nimoy is on twitter and he ends almost ever one of his tweets with LLAP. If you have to ask what that means, then you aren’t really a geek. Otherwise, you’d know that he played Spock on Star Trek and that acronym stands for “Live Long and Prosper.” Somewhere out there is a person who I suspect didn’t know this and asked for an explanation because Mr. Nimoy spelled it out in a recent tweet. I read it and thought, “Duh, why are you telling me…oh dear God, did someone not know that?!” t was like a sacrilege. There are some things you should just know.
This got me thinking about all the things geeks accept as canon that the norms out there just don’t get. If you’re one of the norms, it doesn’t matter and you get by just fine not knowing about tribbles, or midichlorians or the Kessel Run. For those of us in the geek universe, not knowing these things is akin to committing a felony and any admission that you don’t know them will get your Geek Card revoked or, at the very least, get you seriously mocked for the next five to ten years.
Although this might seem like a drawback to carrying that Geek Card in the first place, it’s actually just the reverse. You see, you don’t really have a choice if you’re a geek. You could no more decide to deny your inner geek than you could choose to sprout wings and fly to Vulcan. Okay, there are more than a few problems with that analogy, like surviving in the vacuum of space and making it to warp speed, but that’s fodder for a whole night’s discussion and not the point of my post.
My point is that there are a lot of times when it’s not fun to be a geek. Like when the gates at the subway swish open and you imagine yourself walking onto the bridge of the Enterprise and someone catches you doing your best Picard, or when you make the most perfectly apt Star Wars reference ever only to have someone say, “What do you mean droids?” Or when you refer to Nathan Fillion Captain Tightpants and people look at you funny. But you know when it is great? When you get Leonard Nimoy’s tweets without needing an explanation first. Then, you’re one of the cool kids. LLAP geeks.
*Edit* Februray 2015
This post was written so long ago, and now the sad day has arrived when Leonard Nimoy has died. He may be gone, but he will always be remembered. This might be a sad day to be a geek, but we are all richer for having had Leonard Nimoy in our lives.