I went to a meeting in a coffee shop last night. When i got to the counter i’d just pulled off my headphones and so still had them around my neck. For reference purposes, here are my headphones:
They are luxe. They give great sound and i love the retro-ish aviator style.
So. I give my order to the person at the cashier, who hands it off to the barista. As the barista begins my drink, he glances up and notices my headphones. I usually love conversations about my headphones because people who comment on them tend to love music and so we often wind up chatting about whatever i’m listening to. Uh, not this time.
barista: Wow, great headphones!
Me (standard response): Thanks! They have great sound quality.
barista: They remind me of “Star Wars”.
me: [blank look] [internally: Um, how? Is he thinking of Leia's horrible braids in Episode IV???]
barista (interpreting my blank look in the worst possible way): Y’know, “Star Wars”. It’s a science fiction film? Came out in 1977?
me (with “oh no you did NOT” eyebrow deployed & using the driest voice possible): Yes, of course, i have seen “Star Wars” after all.
barista (warming to his subject): Yeah, yeah! So you know what i mean, then. [I, in fact, do not.] The tech in “Star Wars” is just … just … Well, it’s so. I mean, it’s not very … it’s, oh, what’s the word?? It’s not very… But you know what i mean.
me: The tech in “Star Wars” isn’t very futuristic and forward-looking, unlike the tech in “Star Trek”. The “Star Wars” tech is more backward-looking, more retro/vintage-y.
barista (delighted): Yeah! Yeah, exactly! So, yeah, your headphones are totally like “Star Wars”.
me: [grabs hot chocolate and flees]
When i told Andy about this, he suggested i should have put the dude in his place by noting i could have seen “Star Wars” in the cinema when it was freaking released, junior. I mean, i was FIVE, but still. And i did see it in the cinema when it was re-released shortly before the release of “Empire Strikes Back”.
Of course the barista had no idea that even as we were speaking i was torrenting the de-specialized editions of the original trilogy1, but that fact made this exchange all the more bitter.
On the other hand, i’m kind of excited that this might constitute my 1st in-the-wild sighting of a fake geek boy. :P
- Lord i hope “Star Wars” is done by the time i get home. Curious to see how long it’s going to take to get Empire and Jedi. These things are HUGE. [↩]