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At the beginning of this month my Dad came to stay for a few days before he went back to South Africa. My Dad and I are extremely similar in a lot of ways. so mostly what we did was hang out and amuse each other and generally be terrible, terrible dorks. Which led to this conversation

Me: Did you, in fact, raise me geek?
Dad: Nah, you came to that naturally.
Me: It's in the genes. Eye colour, hair colour, ability to retain pop culture trivia...
Dad: The musical theatre thing, though, that we deliberately instilled in you from a young age.

(Which may have been why one of the first records I ever knew all the words to was the Chorus Line soundtrack. Even if I did think the song was called "One, sing your lesson sation." )

My boyfriend was away on holiday so Dad and I mostly hung out and talked a lot and watched a lot of TV. My Dad works in advertising, so we both really enjoy watching television and dissecting all the adverts, and we like to watch programs in the same way, by the MST3K method of yelling at the characters, calling tropes and generally trying to be The Wittiest.

So. Welcome to Lal and Father Watch Hawaii-50

Me: Hey, let's watch this! My... People... that I know have said it's good.
Dad: You were going to say people from the internet, weren't you?
Me: Maaaaybe. You make friends with people on Facebook social gaming. You don't get to judge.

Hawaii 50: *starts*
Dad: What is this, the All New Sexed Up Version?
Grace Park: *appears on screen in a bikini*
Me: Imma say yes.

Steve: *is attacked by people in a helicopter*
Me and Dad: GET AN RPG, MAN
Me: What sort of military action is this, honestly? Ground to air weaponry, god.
Me and Dad: *miss entire first five minutes of plot yelling tactical advice at the screen*

Danny: *appears*
Dad: *suspiciously* I thought this was the first episode? Why are you already so happy to see him?
Me: I have heard... things.
Dad: I'm not going to ask.


Dad: Did people say, Lal, you will like this show, people use bickering with each other as a primary method of communication?
Me: They know me well.

Dad: So, wait, whatshisface...
Me: Who, Steve?
Dad: Yeah, that guy.
Me: SERIOUSLY? You can't remember his name? HIS NAME IS YOUR NAME, STEVE.
Dad: *shrug* so his plan is just to run in by himself?
Me: because Steve is a ninja SEAL, wait, no, a navy SEAL...
Dad: *falls about laughing* A NINJA SEAL. They are the least ninja of creatures. But they are pretty set up for karate chops! *does impression of seal doing karate*
Me: Oh my GOD. They are so not stealth, though.
Dad: And how would they use throwing stars? Hard with flippers...
Me: They could sort of, you know, hold it between them. Like they're clapping? And then launch it forwards *attempts to do an impression of this*
Me and Dad: *miss the next five minutes of plot laughing*

I later told [ profile] novembersmith about this on gchat

[ profile] novembersmith : now I want an AU where they are all sea creatures

Danny as an otter

Chin and Kono as dolphins



[ profile] novembersmith : NINJA SEAL ACTION

me: Danny is like, I AM A LAND ANIMAL, OKAY


[ profile] novembersmith : :D :D :D

And then I told <[ profile] kaiserkuchen about THAT and she was like TINY BABY OTTER GRACE! EVIL SHARKS!

This was the day after we'd stayed up until like, 4am watching The Superbowl. Our verdict - Too much stopping. Stupid trousers. SO MUCH STOPPING, OMG, STOP STOPPING. People with English accents should not pronounce it DEfence.

Anyway, my Dad and I also left the house now and then. We went to our favourite Italian restaurant, where the food is great, the coffee even better and at least one of us always gets hit on by at least one member of staff.

We went to town and went computer games and shoe shopping.

Me: *goes into fifth shoe shop* This is the price you pay for having one child and that child being a daughter.
Dad: I like shoes. Also I use this information in conversation. It impresses the ladies.
Me: Oh my god<.

Then we went on a day out to York. It was fun, and we made a lot of Terry Pratchett jokes and were suitably horrified by the price of things. We also went to the National Railway Museum, because we are super cool.

The National Railway Museum is HUGE and contains many actual trains. Lots of steam trains, which I went into paroxyms of glee over the insides of because I am writing a steampunk fic and the insides of steam trains look JUST LIKE how I imagine my engine room. There were so many cogs, you guys. SO MANY COGS *_*

I am tempted to just forego all description and link to these pictures. I'm sure my betas would be totally okay with that *g*

So yeah, I had a great time and now you know where I get it from! Also, Dad, if you're reading this, you still owe me Christmas present. Just saying.

Date: 2011-02-28 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my God, Lal, STEAM TRAINS. COGS. My brain just short-circuited (I see what you did with posting this in the very end). When I'll try to visit UK next time, let's meet there, k?

Your Dad sounds very, very great. Although I'm gonna blame him just as I'm blaming you for the elaborate discussion I just had with myself about various sweet-water animals in the sea and how would that affect the five-oh. And I don't even watch that show. *facepalm*

Date: 2011-02-28 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is SO pretty, I was in a OMG COPPER BRIGHT COPPER and COGS and GIANTS WHEELS. My Dad was very understanding. You should, it's free!

He certainly has his moments :D I have terrible enabling friends, it's true. H50 is very silly good fun.

And Kaz was like, then seal!Steve does tricks to amuse baby otter Grace.

Date: 2011-02-28 12:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic

Date: 2011-02-28 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Well, I was going to say "flist" and then I realised that this would sound like a foreign language to Dad.


Date: 2011-02-28 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me: Hey, let's watch this! My... People... that I know have said it's good.

Oh priceless.

I like cogs too! [points to default icon]

betcha thought my ART IS THE WEAPON icon was my default. BUT NO. I keep this one for its steampunky goodness. I still like steampunk, okay?

Date: 2011-02-28 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah. This kind of things happens to me a lot.

It's a gorgeous icon, really. I am pleased that you still love Steampunk! I have a somewhat vested interest in it, seeing as I have about 45,000 words of fic *g*

Date: 2011-02-28 10:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
BAAAAAABY OTTERS! I just watched the episode with Danny's bro (finally!) yesterday and was filled anew with love and also giant DDD: for poor Danny. Scotty Caan, why so good at looking anguished and deeply sad and frustrated and yet full of love?? Also, remember that clip I sent you with the supposed "hey" that is TOTALLY a "HONEY" mention? IT NEVER GETS OLD and also I will defend it to my last breath. Oh Caan and O'Loughlin, way to sneak the gay under the network radar :DDD

PS speaking of Five-0 and animals, did you read the fic where DANNY IS A GIANT SHARK SHAPE-SHIFTER?? It is legit legit amaaaaaaazing :DDD

Date: 2011-03-01 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your life makes me smile. :)

It sounds like you had the most fabulously excellent time with your father - the more I hear about him the more legendary and amazing he sounds! Also, high fives for staying up crazy late to watch the Super Bowl! And oh GOD I so agree, what is with all the stopping?! Way to make a potentially actually kind of awesome sport a lot less fun!

Those cogs are spectacular. I heart museums and I heart steam trains so right now am sort of wondering why have I never been to the National Railway Museum?! Must definitely go one day! :D

Love you darling girl, from an internet...person! :P (Though not one who could rec Hawaii-50 because apparently my life is sad and empty and I've never seen it. BUT NOW I CONSIDER IT RECCED BY YOU!)

Date: 2011-03-03 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Railway Museum! Been there! Indeed, SO MANY COGS. I haven't been since I was....eleven, on my birthday. We went on a river boat, then to the museum, and then rode the ACTUAL STEAM TRAIN.

....I was a cool kid ^^"

Your Dad sounds truly amazing. Geekdads FTW.

Date: 2011-05-19 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
XD You and your dad are ADORABLE. (also, your dad is awesome XD)


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