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08 May 2006 @ 02:51 am
Theatrical Muse: Week 124: Question 124  
Name: Dr. Sid Hammerback

Fandom: CSI: New York

Word Count: 465

What was/is your childhood ambition?

My childhood ambition has changed over the years. When I was five, I wanted to be Superman. Next year was The Green Lantern. After that, was The Flash. I still have my comic book collection at home, worth a small fortune now if my guesses are right. But my first long living passion was for the kitchen. It doesn’t matter who you are outside the kitchen, you can be a geek, a nerd, a supermodel or even a crazy guy who sells hotdogs and flowers. However, if you can move your hands inside a kitchen, and if you can make something worthwhile appear with your hands, then you are someone, you are something.

The cooking bug bit me first when I was, about ten. In between doing maths homework that people older than me struggled with, and the hodge podge assortment of other activities that filled my younger life, I found solace and entertainment in the kitchen. In the kitchen, it didn’t matter if I got beat up just outside the school fence by bullies who could probably devour a ham whole. In the kitchen, I could be me, I could be brave and strong, and all those things that I wished to be. It’s almost an indescribable feeling, what joy I found in there, but in there, I was free. In the kitchen, I was a Superhero with a capital S.

And I grew up, and I became a Chef, and, eventually, those bullies were paying me a hundred dollars to cook them a piece of salmon with the most beautiful tasting rice you have ever seen, or, tasted, for that matter. How do I know that? Because I saw the names on the reservation list, and I personally went out and delivered their meals to them. It was a funny sight to see when I introduced myself, and gave them their food. It was a jaw dropping moment for them, because they were paying me, to cook them dinner, instead of them punching me up and making me lose my lunch.

I had another ambition when I was a child, I wanted to be a Doctor. But the kitchen, the kitchen, always had my love first, and it whisked me away to fantasy lands far beyond my greatest dreams. To places where I wore a white hat and not a white coat.

And now? I am a Doctor. And I sit in the kitchen that is the morgue, my morgue, in a way, and I wait for the next person I have to prepare. Big change? Maybe, but not really. I still get to use sharp instruments, and I still get to cut up things, and I still get to do what I really, really enjoy, so, as a result, I’m still happy.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: The Drums
Ghost: Read about it in the comics.in_third_person on May 10th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
These comic books... are they mostly of the superhero variety?
Dr. Sid Hammerback, MEsid_hammerback on May 10th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
Naturally. The older I get, the more I enjoy using my visual senses. Some of the old comic books, they are, so beautiful.