Letting My Geek Flag Fly

I guess it’s time to come clean.  I’m not the ‘cool’ mom or the ‘cool’ empty-nester or the ‘cool’ anything.  I’m a geek.  And not the ‘cool’ geek like the geniuses on “The Big Bang Theory” but the geek that watches ‘TBBT’ and wishes she understood the formulas displayed on the dry erase boards.

Recently, I suspected my ‘geekiness’ because  the lady selling eyewear told me the ‘nerdy’ glasses I wanted were half price.  I was buying the glasses because I thought they were fashionable.  And if you’re thinking maybe the lady was behind the times – no.  I still wear clothes I bought before the millennium.  I couldn’t tell you what the hot colors are for the coming season.  It’s me that’s out of tune.

The title card for the original 2006 pilot

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I’ve learned through the dictionary that you don’t have to be a computer whiz to be a geek.  I wouldn’t fit into that category.  I’m typing this post for the second time because I lost everything when I tried to download a picture.  That’s the kind of computer loser that I am.

I’m also not a carnival geek.  The definition from Merriam Webster mentioned biting the heads off of live chickens and snakes.  Does that really still go on or does Merriam Webster need to do a serious update on their website?

I’m the other kind of geek, defined by Merriam Webster as, socially inept.  I never know what to say at parties and when I start talking, I see eyes glaze over.  I don’t understand why people aren’t interested in the fact that National Geographic had a great article on how to improve your memory and remember a complete deck of cards, in order.  When I see their disinterest, my response is -

‘No, I can’t do it but it’s unbelievable that someone else can, right?’

or

‘Was that a yawn?’

or

‘Didn’t you just come back from the bathroom?’

I really do wish I was the genius geek.  Then at least I’d have some credibility.  I’m just the odd duck that gets home from parties, wishes she hadn’t gone and worries about what she said, as opposed to, what she should have said.  I’m a lot funnier when I’m scripted.  At least I think I am.   If I had the TARDIS, I’d travel back in time and do much better with small talk.  You, too, may be a geek if you know what the TARDIS is.

I like to know a bit about everything and especially if other people in my realm know about it.  I constantly make notes.  The only good thing about researching all these little things is that sometimes, from out of seemingly nowhere, I get an answer on Jeopardy that I shouldn’t know.  Of course the only person I’m impressing is me because, now that the kids are gone, I usually watch Jeopardy alone. I want you guys to know, I can be pretty impressive, and not just because I’m old and have lived through a lot of the history questions.

I guess I should have noticed my ‘geek’ signs a long time ago. They’re pretty evident, right?

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The whole package - brains and adorable.

So,today I’m coming out of the ‘geek’ closet.  I realize life is a lot easier when we are who we are.  I’m tired of worrying about becoming a geek.  I’m already a geek.  I love the Discovery and Science channels.  I pay extra to get the Science Channel.  I love museums and prefer to go alone so I can take all the time I need to look. And, yes, I have a tremendous crush on the ‘deceased’ Albert Einstein.  I have his picture in my office. It makes me smile every time I look at it.  I find solace in the fact that he was a geek,  too.  I think that’s why I’ve always loved him.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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I want to thank happilyeverafterorsomething for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger award.  If you haven’t read this blog, you need to check it out.

The last time I won any kind of award was a few years ago.  I got second place for my age group in the local FunRun.  I think there might have been five or six women participating in my age group.  It’s a small town.  But trust me, like with this award, I got a great amount of satisfaction.  Who doesn’t like to be noticed?

PAPERWORK

My first job in this prestigious position is to list the four easy rules.

  1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share seven things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
  4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

JUST THE FACTS,MA’AM

Now to list seven things about myself that will not get me thrown in jail or institutionalized.  Actually there is nothing that would get me thrown in jail but the institution, I’m not so sure.

  1. I’d love to be onstage for just one production of Les Miserables. It was my first Broadway musical.  I’m too old for my favorite role of Eponine.  I have children older than the character.  Maybe I could stand in the background looking French and lip sync the songs.  Did I mention I can’t sing?
  2. I love dreams and fancy myself a decent dream interpreter.
  3. Just once, I’d love to know every answer on Jeopardy.  And the day I do it, I want someone watching with me.
  4. I directed a play at my local Community theatre.  The theatre closed shortly afterwards.  I try not to believe there’s a connection.
  5. I love Google sky map.  I find comfort in knowing what the stars look like above me-day or night.
  6. I don’t understand the fascination with reality tv.  It makes me very uncomfortable.
  7. I love to travel. I’m looking for a new angle so someone out there will pay me to travel and do a humorous blog.  I’m sure no one else would want this job!

AND THE NOMINEES ARE

Next I must list fifteen blogs I have recently discovered.  I’m sure some of these blogs already have lots of awards on their shelves but they are new and fun for me.

  1. dawnsdorkydisneydiary
  2. worrywarts-guide-to-weight-sex-and-marriage
  3. Write Now
  4. You’ve Been Hooked!
  5. Matt’s Monthly Musings
  6. Robotic Rhetoric
  7. Chicks With Ticks
  8. The View is Great!
  9. onmysquare
  10. Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge 
  11. mind over Madness
  12. Post Departum Depression
  13. julia
  14. imonthebandwagon
  15. vintageglamgods

My work here is done.  You probably now know more about me than most of my neighbors.  They should really read my blog.

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