Nerds: Susan Foreman
We're all nerds in our own way and these days it's something we celebrate. Back before the internet nerds had to search through the dark alleys of their high schools and gather in AV rooms in order to bond.
Today, there are websites, chatrooms and dating apps dedicated to every conceivable sort of nerd. Regardless if you're into working WOW, know the backstory to the most obscure Avengers, or actually read up on your Jewish Middrashic symbolism to better understand the underlying themes consciousness and personal expression in Neon Genesis Evangelion there's a community out there that will support you.
For me it's Marvel Comics, Xena: Warrior Princess, Sex and the City, Doctor Who, and 19th century English Literature. I could make an argument for Final Fantasy, too, but I've little time for video games these days.
I lay my claims thus:
- I have nearly all seven seasons of Xena memorized. It was my background noise all through college. I hid lines from the show in all of my papers in both undergrad and throughout grad school. My Masters Thesis even contains a quote from Alti. I was never caught.
- I have read five Jane Austen biographies. Most would imagine that one would be enough, but those people are wrong.
- I get visibly upset if you mention how Echo or Elixir was treated by Marvel editorial.
- DOCTOR WHY COULDN'T YOU SAVE DONNA!?
- I aspire to make my way through the impossible Gilmore Girls Reading List.
- I spent an entire summer reading all the major works by William Makepeace Thackery. At age 16.
- I have Final Fantasy 8 action figures on my desk at work.
- I once wrote and designed an entire videogame back in the early 2000's for RPG Maker. (And holy crap, the Angelfire website for it is still up!)
- I also helped write a sprite comic – which was super popular in the late 90's – called Forbidden Bingo Assassins and which stars Sailor Moon and Mega Man. It is still hilarious.
- Illyria is so much more fun than Fred.
- And lastly... I founded the Anime Club at Mission Viejo High School back in 1998.
So there it is. My nerdisms. Feel free to share your own in the comments.
Named after The Doctor's first companion and granddaughter, Susan Foreman. This drink is a riff off a martini, with just a bit of limoncello added for sweetness. The beauty of this recipe is the ingredients harmonize so well together you might not realize there's alcohol at all.
Strong, perky, and lively this is a cocktail that is easy to put together and an easy drink to add to your usual repertoire. It's also a drink that adapts well to all situations; I've served it just for myself after work and at dinner parties.
What You'll Need:
- 1 ounce gin (nothing too juniper-heavy, I used Darjeeling Gin)
- 1 ounce dry vermouth
- 1/3 ounce limoncello
- lemon peel
What You'll Do:
Place all the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail glass that's bigger on the inside. Stir together and strain into a martini or Nick-n-Nora glass. Express the oils of a lemon peel over the top of the drink, wipe around the rim of the glass, and drop into the drink. Serve to your favorite companion.