Today we’re flying back home. We’ve had a great time in Maui on our vacation, but it all has to end at some point. The best part about being on vacation for a week is not having to have been on a plane for a week. Clara did pretty well on the flight to Maui and we hope she does well on the flight home.
With our five-hour flight coming up, here are some nerdy flights that I’ll be thinking about while we fly over the Pacific.
Flight of the Navigator
I saw Flight of the Navigator a lot when I was growing up. The movie always seemed to be on TV, though I can’t remember it ever being in the theater. I thought that it may have been made-for-TV, but I just checked Wikipedia and it did indeed have a theatrical release. I also perused the plot on Wikipedia and I don’t really remember anything that happened. I do remember enjoying the movie and especially Paul Reubens as the voice of the spaceship. Watching the movie I did dream about what it would be like to have my own spaceship, which would allow me to fly wherever I wanted. If I had my own ship I definitely wouldn’t have to worry about Clara crying on a plane.
The Force Awakens
I love The Force Awakens. I have watched it many times in the year and a half since its release. I probably have it slotted as my third favorite Star Wars movie; that’s how much I like it. A large part of my affinity for The Force Awakens is due to the Resistance’s entrance on Takodana. In the original trilogy the Rebels were always running scared from the Empire. I love the fear in the First Order when the Resistance shows up because the good guys finally have the upper hand, at least for that one scene. Poe takes out like 12 or 13 bad guys in 20 seconds; it’s the best scene in the entire movie. That is one flight I don’t watching over and over again.
Back to the Future: The Ride
When I was in junior high, every year we got to go to Universal Studios if we were on the honor roll. In junior high my social life hadn’t really blossomed yet, so I spent most of my time trying to be a good student. Those academic aspirations were rewarded every year with a trip to the third or fourth best theme park in Southern California. There wasn’t a lot to do at Universal Studios 23 years ago, Harry Potter hadn’t even been published yet. However, Back to the Future: The Ride had just opened up and that was an amazing ride. There were replica DeLoreans all set in front of a large screen; it was a motion ride so you really felt like you were flying around in Doc’s time machine. I didn’t like much about those trips to Universal Studios, but I did enjoy riding Back to the Future over and over again. I even bought Griff’s hat from Back to the Future 2; I looked like an idiot.
I’ve enjoyed our time on Maui, but I’m ready to be back home. I’m not necessarily ready to go back to work, but I’m ready to be back home. Now the only thing that stands between us and our own bed, is that five-hour flight.
What are some of your favorite nerdy flights?