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Arguably, he is an astronaut, since his ashes were launched into space. 100% true story. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4332406/Youre-beamed-up-Scotty-James-Doohans-ashes-blasted-into-space.html

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCdub

That forth panel was perfect.

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheeseball

Great story, Mr. Scott. Just great, Scott!

Now, my favorite dialogue:

Scott: Well, Captain, er... the Klingons called you a... a tin-plated overbearing, swaggering dictator with delusions of godhood.
Capt. Kirk: Is that all?
Scott: No, sir. They also compared you with a Denebian slime devil.
Capt. Kirk: I see.
Scott: And then they said that you were a...
Capt. Kirk: I get the picture, Scotty.
Scott: Yes, sir.
Capt. Kirk: And after they said all this, that's when you hit the Klingons.
Scott: No, sir.
Capt. Kirk: ...No?
Scott: No, er, I didn't. You told us to avoid trouble.
Capt. Kirk: Oh, yes.
Scott: And I didn't see that it was worth fighting about. After all, we're big enough to take a few insults. Aren't we?
Capt. Kirk: What was it they said that started the fight?
Scott: They called the Enterprise a garbage scow! Sir.
Capt. Kirk: I see. And... that's when you hit the Klingon?
Scott: Yes, sir!
Capt. Kirk: You hit the Klingons because they insulted the Enterprise, not because they...
Scott: Well, sir, this was a matter of pride.

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

Rick wins again, it is a nice story. I'm more of a McCoy guy, but props to Mr. Doohan.

BTW, I recently bought Help Is On the Way for my brother, there's a joke in it about a clock that does bird calls. My mother owns one of those, which our youngest brother hates with a passion hotter than 1000 suns. I know you didn't put that panel in there just for us, but thanks anyways.

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJustRuss

My favorite is:

Geordi: Look, Mr. Scott, I'd love to explain everything to you, but the Captain wants this spectrographic analysis done by 1300 hours.

[La Forge goes back to work; Scotty follows slowly]

Scotty: Do you mind a little advice? Starfleet captains are like children. They want everything right now and they want it their way. But the secret is to give them only what they need, not what they want.

Geordi: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I'd have this analysis done in an hour.

Scotty: How long will it really take?

Geordi: An hour!

Scotty: Oh, you didn't tell him how long it would *really* take, did ya?

Geordi: Well, of course I did.

Scotty: Oh, laddie. You've got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker.

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Should there be an asterisk in panel 4 as well?

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

As someone named Kirk, I feel your pain. Getting called "Captain" all the time got old real quick.

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercowboy_k

Agreed - Doohan was just a 100% class act, as I first learned after watching this - http://youtu.be/vsSdLD_YodQ
It's only 2 minutes long, so worth the watch.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStu

Scott, thanks for telling us about James Doohan helping your cousin at the fundraiser. I didn't know that.

That's the kind of person I admire.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

@cdub:
That's probably the first time I've ever seen the phrase "100% true story" and "The Sun" used in the same sentence.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaindog

Let me be the first (well, probably the fourteenth by now) to say, "Beam me up, Scotty!"

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Nice one, Resuna! There's a similar exchange in 'The Search For Spock'-

James T. Kirk: How much refit time before we can take her out again?
Montgomery Scott: Eight weeks, Sir, [Kirk opens his mouth] but ye don't have eight weeks, so I'll do it for ye in two.
James T. Kirk: Mr.Scott. Have you always multiplied your repair estimates by a factor of four?
Montgomery Scott: Certainly, Sir. How else can I keep my reputation as a miracle worker?
James T. Kirk: [over the intercom] Your reputation is secure, Scotty.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I met Mr. Doohan once. I believe the story. He as a total gentleman and professional.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMickle Spiffy

@TheMortallyWounded & Resuna: My 2 favorite Scotty quotes!

@Scott(y) Mr Doohan was a total class act! He was a tv and movie star and he never let it go to his head. He was always doing stuff like that for his fans. The world is a better place for him having been in it. Today's stars could learn a lot by doing 1/2 of what he did!

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

Funny and touching.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarcourt Fenton Mudd

Thanks, Scott, for a perfect story: positive with a coffee-spewing punchline that really didn't spoil it. Thanks also to Stu for the link - the two together gave my day a great start.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermir

It's the converse of the old quote about programmers.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Not only a class act all he way, but in his pre-acting life, he was a bad-ass artillery officer (anyone who takes half a dozen rounds in one go and lives is, in my books, a bad-ass), and was dubiously honored as "the craziest pilot" by the RCAF.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCanuckAmuck

As a fellow Scott I share your dislike for "Beam me up Scotty!" jokes. Couldn't agree more with your statement.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott B

"Snotty beamed me twice last night. It was *wonderful*"

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPrattle Assassin

That is a great story. There are so many awesome celebrities out there, to bad they aren't the ones who make the headlines.

Scotty is my favorite because when we played Star Trek in the backyard growing up, I was always Scotty. I was the youngest, so I always got last pick and he was always the last one left. Plus, my middle name is Scott.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercyberkenpo

My favorite Scotty dialogue and favorite line from all of Star Trek:

alien: "What is it?"
Scotty: "Well, it's ... uh ..." (Scotty looks at the liquor bottle and sniffs it) "It's green."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWEDZFoLmyA

And so for decades now I will put on my worst (also my best) Scottish accent and say "it's green" about anything green.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt S

Man, after that story about Doohan, I wondered how you would get to a punchline, and then that 4th panel...That's just genius cartooning right there.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGus Snarp

Panel 1, same goes for anyone calling John "John-boy". (Shoulda been a dead giveaway in Die Hard... )

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Agree with the above posters. I had the pleasure of meeting with him in person a few times in the 70's and 80's. He always a perfect gentleman.
That's why it surprised me so much to read that he couldn't stand Shatner (speaking of people who let things go their heads.)

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

What I read Meyer saying in panel 4 was, "It was initially spoiled a bit by the fact that many of then think he was in Star Wars and so now I fully admit that Star Wars is better than Star Trek."

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFarney

90% of me wants to believe that Jimmy Doohan did the wheelchair thing just because that's the kind of guy he was. The other 10% wonders if he saw someone in a wheelchair and thought, "There's a chance to be seen as a compassionate kinda guy for a change."

I really hope the 90% is right.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHiram Q. Pustule

My experience meeting 'Scotty' was very much the same minus the wheelchair. He went way out of his way to be kind and even entertained us with some stories about the show & the cast. My favorite was in response to a question about knowing any others before they started the series. He apparently had done a radio drama in Canada with Shatner. He talked about the episode & ended the sentence with "Poor boy, couldn't act then either"

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersillyus

James Doohan WAS in Star Wars! The cantina scene, drunken alien who accosts Luke at the bar.

July 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Kunreuther

The most embarrassing family members thought that Star Trek should not have 'all them foreigners' on the show. They had obviously hired them to save money on the payroll, thereby putting American actors out of jobs.
Yes, I know the point was that we will all get along in the future. That was not obvious enough for people with only one brain cell.

July 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

Aww, that was a lovely story AND it led to a great punchline. Great comic!

July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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