It's ok, I just couldn't figure out what you meant, and the curiosity was getting to me, that's all. As a matter of fact, I really was smiling a little bit ... I just don't have one of those huge 10,000 megawatt smiles as some do.
Don't worry, I still plan on taking the plunge (literally! ha!). I will keep you posted.
Haha, not even close actually ... I'm way too feisty for academia ... they'd toss me out on my ear in a heartbeat, for going against the prevailing liberal 'grain'!
As for the beard issue, well, I have a decided preference for beards, so I actually liked it. Although, I have to say that his character was one of my least favorite on that series ... he was so annoyingly arrogant and full of himself.
JS, I wasn't fishing for compliments, truly ... the way you worded it just made me laugh, that's all. But, I thank you for your kind words.
As for TNG, yes, it was the one with the Android and the guy from Roots (LeVar Burton). TNG had so many really thoughtful and moving plot-lines, and the acting was (IMO) much better than the original series.
Good heavens, JS, you make me sound so useless! Yes, I do like SF, although I don't tend to like the super techno-heavy stuff ... the anthropological stuff is what I love most! As for Star Trek, the only Trek series I ever liked was The Next Generation ... not sure why, but none of the others before or after it appealed to me.