Here it is—the first post. So, this is awkward. I’m about to embark on sharing my thoughts, opinions, and experiences with you. In doing so, I hope that it is entertaining and enjoyable enough that you will keep coming back here to read more and share your own experiences. That is why I decided to start this blog.
So, who is the geek couple, you wonder? Just me, Tab, and Cam (occasionally). We both embrace our inner geek in different ways. Some of those interests overlap, like video and board games. But a lot of them don’t. While Cam is playing Magic the Gathering or Dungeons and Dragons, I’d rather curl up on the couch with a book. While we enjoy our own hobbies independently, this blog is about the exploration of our different shades of geek.
What exactly does that word really mean anyway? Geek. As Cam and I sit in our living room, he’s playing Dead Space 3 with a friend. We just finished a couple of episodes of Star Trek: Next Gen. As I look around the living room, I scan the shelves lined with B zombie movies, Mystery Science Theatre, and Xbox games. There is a Portal turret hanging from my Christmas tree. Books fill shelves in 3 rooms. I wonder, is this what I mean by embracing the inner geek?
From the Merriam-Webster dictionary online, it is defined as such:
: a person who is socially awkward and unpopular : a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people
: a person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity
The Oxford dictionary also includes carnival people who perform wild or disgusting acts. That’s probably from its Germanic and Dutch origins meaning fool or wild and mad. It is also a verb—to geek out. To get excited or enthusiast about a particular subject.
I don’t particularly see myself as socially awkward or unpopular. I do get very excited about particular topics. I don’t think I know a lot about those topics, but I get curious about them and try to learn as much as possible. I enjoy being outdoors—stargazing, hiking, camping. I was lucky enough to spend a great portion of my twenties traveling and living abroad. Also, technology is not an interest of mine. Does it make me not geeky if I only have a vague understanding of my computer? Does that make me less of a geek than Cam, who works in IT? I tend to think that we all “geek” out about something, whether it is baseball statistics, yoga, or whatever gets your neurons shooting.
What does geek mean to you? I invite you to comment and share your opinion. Do you consider yourself a geek?