People and their labels are something that I wish will go away. If it was not for so many labels I believe that we would have a better world. Enter the word geek! It can mean so many things, yet it really does not mean much at all anymore. There are many kinds of geeks, and you cannot tell them apart. Some are geeks by choice, others because they have no choice. While it is unfair, it is what it is and I chose to embrace my life as a geek. In a sense I almost want to take the title back!
I am a geek, not just because I have been called one plenty of times but because I do not dislike the title. I can be a total anime geek, fish geek, video game geek, LAN going computer geek and the list goes on. Most of my hobbies are not mainstream, or at least they did not use to be. However, with the title comes the stigma… that people that have X or Y hobbie are socially inept smelly dudes that live in their Mom’s basement. I never got to live in my Mom’s basement, but I almost did get to move in with my sister because of some situation a while back.
I love going out and having a beer with friends, some of whom would probably scare some of my geek friends. My group of friends is like the rainbow, and surprisingly they all get along pretty well. With the exception of one of my friends that is truly socially inept, all of the others ones when faced with one another have gotten along. I cannot take credit for them getting along, only for people putting down the barriers they form… and well who would know that different species of geeks can get along?
I guess once you start seeing people for who they are and not for the labels that they carry things start to change. That and I seem to always get along better with people that are open minded and willing to discuss other’s points of views rather freely. Many people claim to be open minded, but in reality they never listen to what someone else has to say. Also, many people claim to be geeks and are really not.
KC is probably the first city where I have gotten so well connected with geek groups so quickly. The Lan scene is pretty healthy and I am checking out another couple of groups local geeks. I have already made some excellent friends there, and eventually get them all together for some food or something… and I expect that like in the past that they all will get along.
The ultimate geek, Bill Gates, became super rich and made it ok to be a geek; however it has not always been that way. While we all laughed at the revenge of the nerds, we know that back in high school or even earlier geeks were the ones that ended up with the most pranks played on them. I know, I lived through it. In high school it was not cool to program a TI8X or be part of the chess club. Not that because I went through that I can wear the geek badge more proudly, but it is something that unites you with other people that maybe did not fit into another crowd.
When I was in high school, a geek was considered intelligent. Now, it seems that just having a geeky hobbie makes you a geek. Liking the same things that someone else likes does not make you like that person, it just makes you have similar tastes. Maybe it is the internet and the messageboards that have made dissapointed me. There are a ton of trolls that hide behind a screen name and pretend to be geeks, but in reality they would never be proud of it outside of that little niche website.
The sad part of being a geek is that we have trained ourselves to be loners even when in groups. Even when we come together there is always that competitive edge that tends to separate us. Who cares if you can quote episode X of show Y. In the end we are all there because we share something. It is kind of silly to try to prove that you are geekier than someone else, but you would be surprised how often this happens.
One more thing to remember about geeks is that sharing a geeky hobbie with someone does not make you a geek. And please stop lumping together the, I refuse to take a shower people with geeks. Losers are losers and they just because they play video games or RPG’s it does not make them automatically geeks.