Friday, October 28, 2011

Super Powers

People often ask me, “Alison, if you had a superpower, what would it be?”

Ok, that’s not actually a question I get asked often. But I’ve been asked it before and I think about it a great deal.

My go-to answer is “There was this X-man who could read, write, and speak any language. That’d be pretty neat.” And it would be pretty neat. I’d like to be omnilingual. Be able to translate human, alien, nonverbal, and computer languages at will. Sweet. But the superpower I daydream about the most is different.

Here’s some background information:
I work on the second floor of a long, thin two-story building. The second and third floors are smaller than the first floor, with balconies that open up to the entire building.

Here’s a picture:

I work around halfway down the second floor. So when it’s time for me to go downstairs, I daydream about floating. What if I could just hop off the balcony and float to the bottom? I have the same thought pretty much whenever I have to go down stairs. What if I could do away with this stair nonsense and just float to where I need? I would save so much time.

Sometimes I tell people this and they ask me why I don’t just wish for flight? Surely that would be more useful than floating. And the answer to that is that I don’t know.

In conclusion:
I’ve used the Hero Machine Superhero Generator 2.5 to make a (patriotic!) visual representation of my superhero identity: The Floater. (Yeah, that’s kind of a gross name.) Gravity has a limited effect on me.

Also, I have a pony!


  1. Acquiring a pony is arguably easier than learning the skill of floating. However, floating is not high on my list of superpowers. I fantasize about disappearing and reappearing anywhere - and any time - at will.

  2. I love the dreams I used to have, of being able to jump great distances and land as softly and slowly as a feather. I'd wake up with a smile on my face, every time.

    I love the fact that you think about floating often. A new name might be good, though. :)