About My Avery Brooks Collector's Plate
I’m a big Star Trek Fan and Captain Benjamin Sisko from Star Trek Deep Space Nine is one of my favorite characters. I love that his name sounds like a drink you could order at the bar: “I’d like a Captain Sisko on the rocks, please.”
And just so we’re clear: If Avery Brooks – the actor who played Sisko – ever called and invited me out for say a raktajino (Klingon coffee), I’d say: “Aye Aye, Captain. See you at Quarks. [STAGE WHISPER] Wear the uniform.”
And so I was dismayed when my Captain Sisko Star Trek Commemorative Collector’s plate got broken. I’ve had it for years but I don’t think I ever had any intention of selling it. I just wanted it and enjoyed having it. But now, as a collector’s piece, it’s worthless.
When I posted a picture of my broken plate I was touched by how many people, knowing my love of Star Trek in general and Captain Sisko in particular, expressed their sincerest apologies, regrets, and condolences.
Some people suggested I just buy another plate and even sent me links to do that. But while The Federation doesn’t use money, Amazon does. $75? I think not.
And that’s also antithetical to what I’m trying to accomplish here with what I’ve come to call The Let Go. That means I’m de-cluttering, not re-cluttering.
Some people suggested that I glue the plate back together and keep it for its sentimental value. First of all, I don’t have a good history with glue. It’s not my medium. I’ve also decided that I’m not in the junk repair business. Because I’ve got a garage and attic full of things that My Dad was going to repair. He just needed a part, or some tape or some time.
Some people sacrilegiously suggested that I repair the plate and use it as an actual plate. Let me tell you something: I’m not eating off of Captain Sisko’s face! This isn’t Aliens! This isn’t To Server Man! Be serious.
But on the real: When your house, your home, your space is full of things, keeping broken things for sentimental reasons is not always a good thing. Ergo: The Let Go. There’s a place for everything and everything has a place. Sometimes that place is in the garbage.
I have to draw the line somewhere. And in the words of Captain Jean Luc Picard: The line must be drawn here, this far, no further.
Leighann Lord is a veteran stand-up comedian, author, and podcaster.