Nerd Wish Lists Can Never Come TrueRachael Berkey

Every time I see a HelloGiggles “Item of the Day”, I get really excited.

I want it to be a lightsaber that actually glows.

Or proton pack from the Ghostbusters.

You have to admit, the movies have some pretty amazing “items”, right?

Did you dance around with a lightsaber as a kid? Did you pretend someone was beaming you up to the Starship Enterprise?

It’s only gotten worse since Harry Potter came out. Get me an owl to deliver my mail. I also want a wand. A real one. According to Pottermore, I am a Gryffindor. My wand is pretty awesome too. I even like my wizard name.

But I can’t turn my cat into a teapot here in my living room. And let’s be honest, that’s what I want to do.

Who doesn’t?

So can all you inventors out there please get on this? I’d like some really awesome stuff to show up soon. Things that sparkle and make magic happen.

There are some pretty awesome nerdy things out there right now though. You would not believe the variety of lightsabers I saw at New York Comic Con.

(Can you tell I’m a little fixated on lightsabers?)

You may have also heard about the awesome lightsaber battle that took place in New York City recently. For a non-Mahattan nerd, it was a big throwback to the days of trying to get my parents to do something I wasn’t allowed to do. Lots of internal conversations that went something like this:

“NYC is only 4 hours away. You can go!”

“No. Rachael. This is an impractical use of money. Be an adult.”

“But I wanna…”

I eventually acted my age and didn’t go to the battle. It was the right decision. Plus it gives me an excuse to form one of my own, right?

Ah someday.

Of course, that kind of means I’d want to learn how to use a lightsaber right? Are there classes for that kind of thing? Maybe I should just keep it up with the Budokon until then. Maybe someday I’ll be able to take down the people in my class who are two decades older than me and regularly wipe the floor with my sorry self.

If I just had that magic wand…I could show them.

Image credit: LaughingSquid


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  1. An Ewok and a Wand would be steller!

    Anonymous | 11/09/2011 02:11 pm
  2. Proud to be 20 and super nerdy :D i totally dressed up as a Slytherin this past Halloween. Quite simply the best night of my life.

  3. Haha, I totally understand the owl bits. I still honestly believe that my Hogwarts letter got lost somewhere. And, the most devastating thing to ever happen to me EVER was when I finally got to the sorting hat in Pottermore, and after one question, the site crashed. ONE QUESTION! It says I’m a Ravenclaw, but how will I ever really know!?!

    • Trust the Sorting Hat! He is older than time. He is ALWAYS right. :)

      Rachael Berkey | 11/06/2011 03:11 pm
  4. I just looked at all the Harry Potter things on Etsy. Sigh. I totally want to see more nerdy things as items of the day. It’s not that I don’t love nail polish or cats, but I also love books and tv, etc.

  5. All I want in the world is to go to Hogwarts! Every time I’m running late for X thing all I can think is, “If I could just apparate my life would be SO much easier!”

    • I can’t help thinking of all the books I could get read if I had one of those time turners.

      Rachael Berkey | 11/06/2011 03:11 pm
  6. I have always wanted to battle with lightsabers too! I even went to the extent of buying the yoda ultimate fx lightsaber (they are really cool and only 40 dollars compared to the fancy 110 dollar ones) but my friends were too “mature” to fight so now im in college trying to find someone as nerdy as me to have an epic lightsaber fight with oh and im also waiting for my hogwarts letter :)

  7. Lightsabers are probably the closest realistic item we could have. I’ve created my own numbering system for strikes and you can just watch all the lightsaber duels and imitate the choreography. That’s a great way to increase your skill until you get instruction (which is possible in NYC. Anything is possible here)

    • I love that you have made practice videos AND know where to go for actual lightsaber duel instruction. :)

      Rachael Berkey | 11/06/2011 03:11 pm
  8. Give me a Sonic Screwdriver a TARDIS, and a Doctor to fly it and I’m so set. I’ve been having TARDIS flying, time travelling dreams lately…I secretly hope they’re prophetic.

    • I secretly hope ALL my really good dreams are prophetic. Especially the ones where I end up married to my favorite character. Fictional? WHO CARES!

      Rachael Berkey | 11/06/2011 03:11 pm
  9. I agree. Who would want a cool wand that does not work?

    • Thank you! These models are fun but I want one that works!

      Rachael Berkey | 11/06/2011 03:11 pm
  10. According to Pottermore I’m Slythering and my wand is pretty spiffy, too. My “wizard name” sounds ultra elvish; loove it! and I agree with you in everything!

  11. This post made you my most favorite Giggler. Let’s be best friends irl!

    Anonymous | 11/06/2011 07:11 am
  12. I want an owl. and a wand that works. because who are we kidding. Harry Potter is the best thing to happen to society.

  13. I’m still determined to marry a Cylon and own a TARDIS.