The ever present “who the heck is the monkey behind the keyboard” entry…..yep, that’s what you’ve stumbled upon, right here.
So, to answer the questions….
- Who? and What?
I’m a geek. Pretty hardcore geek, actually. But I’m an open-minded, multi genre sorta geek. I don’t define it by how many times you’ve seen Rocky Horror (I stopped counting at 500, by the way, but I digress….which I do, a lot, as you’ll learn….) I don’t think all geeks must know Han shot first (but he did, you know. I was there. I saw him do it. Greedo never had a chance.) If you can’t recite the square root of pi to me, without stumbling over the digits (1.77245385), or recite Betty Crocker’s original pie crust recipe to me (it’s long, I’m not going to do that in a parenthetical, sorry), I won’t hold it against you. To me, a geek is someone who has poured more than the average amount of time, attention and passion into an area od interest. Stereotypically, this means, nerds, with glasses, who read a lot of Tolkien, Asimov, know how to rewire their motherboard in less time that it takes to change a spare tire, wear odd outfits, with scratchy felt and outrageous amounts of fur or shiny bits and bobbles, and speak in languages that no one on our planet spoke before certain TV and movie chains came into existence. There’s even the stereotyped geek girls; who may or may not do all of the afore mentioned, but (most boys – not men – seem to wish, anyway) wander hotel hallways in slave Leia costumes; can explain the plot lines of at least 6 different vampire series to you without batting a mascara’d eyelash; and play a lot of online games, wherein they taunt and tempt their male counterparts into giving away the really good loot. And hey, stereotypes exist for a reason – because someone, somewhere, noticed a lot of something going on, with the same group, and started connecting dots…then they began drawing assumptions….which turned into colorful tales of “oh my GAWD, did you see those geeks at the bar?”
Me? I’m more than a little of all of those stereotypes – the ones assigned to guys and girls. But I’m so much more than the sum of my stereotypes. I’m passionate about my art; cooking; reading and actually discussing the books, once read; gaming; technology; photography….the list really could go on…and I consider myself a geek in each of this areas, because of the time, attention and passion I pour into each one. Some might even call them addictions.
I love to geek out online, and due to some medical reasons, I’m often limited to virtual explorations, for the time being. But to explore those passions, to feed those addictions, I’ll wander to the parks (I live in Florida, by the way, so when i say “the parks,” I mean Disney et al; Universal et al; Sea World; and now – can’t wait to go – Legoland…but there i go, digressing, again…) I enjoy eating at new, hole in the wall restaurants, because that inspires me to come home and create my own new recipes, try ingredients I might not have tried otherwise, etc. Heck, for that, just go to your city’s local version of “China town” (if you have one) because grocery shopping in the Oriental Markets will introduce you to whole new worlds of taste. It’s fabulous. You just have to be a bit fearless, at times. Bookstores, parks, concerts, theatres – movie & musical, museums…..As you can see, it’s easy to find places to geek, if you’ll only look around. Examine your own interests, and I bet you’ll find that you’re a geek of some flavor, and that you have some favorite spots to geek out, too.