June 30, 2004

Super Insight

L and I went to a special screening of Spider-Man 2 the other night and not long after watching the webslinging superhero save the day, L asked me what kind of super power I'd want if I could only have one.

Without a question, I responded, I'd want to be able to fly like Superman. How convenient it would be never to have to wait for the subway or worry about building up frequent flyer miles. Our many trips to Chicago and Milwaukee for weddings and planning sessions would be a snap to coordinate. I could meet L's mom at the caterer's for lunch. No more traffic jams, as getting anywhere would be as simple as jumping up into the sky. (Not blessed with great height, I'd also never lack for a good view at a concert or baseball game again.)

L then thought about what she'd want and, influenced by the movie, decided she want Spider-Man's ability to shoot webs from her wrists. She reasoned that she'd get the benefits of flying, in a way, by being able to swing through the city. When I pointed out that she was only allowed one super power and that lacking the ability to stick to walls might make the swinging through the city a tad tricky, L mentioned that an added benefit would be that she'd never have to reach for anything ever again while sitting on the couch. Need some food from the fridge? ZAP! She could get it from down the hall. Notice the remote on the other side of the living room? THWAP! She could fling a web the length of the room and pull the remote into her hands with lightning-quick speed.

Yep, that's my L, who would use her superpowers to spend more time watching The O.C. To paraphrase Peter Parker's wise old Uncle Ben, with great power comes incredible convenience.

Posted by The Groom at June 30, 2004 04:13 PM

Flying is good...but you could get a cold that way! I would love Samantha's ('Bewitched') power to transport in the blink of an eye, er..wriggle of a nose really.

wriggle wriggle...I'm in Paris!
wriggle wriggle...at my desk, no rush hour!
wriggle wriggle...DisneyWorld!!

The possibilities are endless...

Posted by: E from Michigan at July 1, 2004 09:58 AM

there was an episode of "this american life" about superpowers. it was informative and amuzing and brings up the issue of what power would be best. Did you think about invisability?? You can check it out at their website (http://thisamericanlife.org/).

Posted by: jt at July 1, 2004 11:35 AM

Invisibility seems mostly useful to voyeurs. I'm with E that transportation is the way to go, assuming I can take someone with me if I, like, grab them by the arm or something. (It would be pretty lame to transport instantaneously to France and then have to wait for my wife's plane to arrive.)

Posted by: Francis at July 2, 2004 04:05 AM

Teleportation, I mean.

Posted by: Francis at July 2, 2004 04:05 AM

G...just have one question...when do we get to see a picture of L's ring?

Posted by: Jecsyka at July 2, 2004 07:56 AM

The engagement ring? Perhaps once we have the wedding rings I'll post pics of everything.

Posted by: The Groom at July 2, 2004 05:29 PM