Dorothy was right: there is no place like home.
As much as I enjoy going on mission trips, there really is no place like home. I’m a homebody to begin with, so spending a week away from my home really takes a lot out of me.
I miss my wife.
I miss my dog.
I miss my bed.
I suppose mission trips wouldn’t be growing experiences if they didn’t take us out of our comfort zones. I know that I don’t grow as much when I have all of the comforts of home. It’s too easy to get too comfortable when I can check Twitter, take a warm shower and not worry about the water I’m drinking. So I’m thankful for experiences that pull me out of my comfort zone, but I’m always happy to walk through my front door and to be home.
We’ll be heading home from Guatemala tomorrow. In honor of our trip home, here are some of my favorite nerdy homes.
If you had to live in the middle of a deserted wasteland you might as well live in one with access to blue milk. Even though he had a caring uncle and aunt, Luke couldn’t wait to leave his childhood home behind. Owen Lars was a moisture farmer and his home was built to survive the harsh climate of Tatooine’s twin suns. I really can’t blame Luke for wanting to leave his home behind; moisture farming sounds about as exciting as watching grass grow.
“Was there dew this morning?”
“Did the vaporators collect it?”
Very exciting stuff, though Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru probably wish their lives didn’t get as excited as they did, even if it was just for a short while.
Bag End seems like the polar opposite of Luke’s childhood home. I can’t imagine anything making me want to spend time on Tatooine, but I would very much like to spend a few weeks in the Shire. The Shire was everything good and green in Middle-earth: definitely a spot worth visiting. Not only was it beautiful, but there always seemed to be a part going on. Whether it was a big to-do like Bilbo’s birthday party or just a normal night at the pub, merriment was a regular occurrence in the Shire. I know that Bilbo wasn’t too fond of visitors, but perhaps Sam wouldn’t mind having a visitor for a day or 20.
I’ve only been to San Francisco once and don’t remember much except for the large homeless population. I wouldn’t mind going back, but I’d definitely go back if the X-Men were living off of San Francisco’s coast. In order to give mutants their own sovereign nation, Cyclops lifted Asteroid M from the bottom of the ocean and established Utopia. Utopia never really lived up to its name, though, as it became the target for multiple attacks against mutantkind. After those attacks and after Cyclops went crazy, Utopia ceased to be a haven for mutants and turned into a militarized mutant compound. Still, living on a technologically advanced asteroid in the middle of the Pacific Ocean wouldn’t be too bad, especially if I had season tickets to the Golden State Warriors.
I wouldn’t mind visiting any of these nerdy homes, but I’ll always prefer my home to any other. It may just be a small apartment without a view of the Pacific, but it’s where I’ve built my life with my wife.
It also has a shower and WiFi, amenities I have missed during my time in Guatemala.
What are some of your favorite nerdy homes?