Thursday, January 12, 2006
As Jean-Luc has gone in the holodeck for a couple of hours to practice on his horseriding skills, I've convened a special meeting of the senior staff to try and solve a problem we are all having.
What are we going to get Jean-Luc for his birthday on the 14th?
"He's such a difficult person to get a present for." says Riker, "The Captain isn't satisfied with replicated items. He wants the real thing. That genuine First Edition Shakespeare book was a lot of trouble to obtain. What's worse, I had to negotiate with a Ferengi."
"Would any of you like to put some suggestions forward, and we'll consider them?" I tell them all.
Data looks blank.
Geordi looks about to say something, then changes his mind.
"Would the Captain like an ancient weapon?" suggests Worf, "They can look very honourable. The ones in my quarters certainly do."
"I agree, they do." agrees Deanna, then suddenly says, "...I er...mean I'm sure they do."
Her face is slightly reddened.
"I don't think that's what the Captain exactly likes." I tell them, "After all, weaponry has never been something he's fond of."
"How about a weekend pass to Riga IV, the pleasure planet?" suggests Geordi, "he can have all sorts of fun there."
"He would never like that!" I quickly tell him.
I'm not having Jean-Luc gallivanting around that planet!
"What about a surprise party?" Deanna declares, "We could pretend we have forgotten his birthday, and suddenly get him into Ten Forward, and all shout 'SURPRISE!'"
"I like the sound of that" I mention.
"Do you think the Captain likes surprises?" asks Riker.
"Well, no he won't, but I'm sure as soon as it gets under way, he'll enjoy it."
"Why is it people want to surprise a person on a birthday?" inquires a puzzled Data, "Surely they already know what day it is?"
"Yes, Data." says Deanna, "But it's all part of the fun.
Data still looks puzzled, as we leave the room, and get ready to organise the surprise occasion on the 14th.
Jean-Luc... your birthday is about to start.