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February 25, 2010

Blessed Are the Geeks

Confessions of Dislocated Texan 

Pauls Valley —

As the latest frozen Olympics come to a close, it is important to honor those of significant achievement that don’t reach the podium. Much to the chagrin of the pocket protecting masses, the geeks aren’t usually anywhere near accolade.

Then again, I’ve always held a soft spot in my heart for the likely never to be remembered. Unlike their similar counter parts of super knowledge, nerds, the geeks unless of the secret identity variety, are not going to be depended upon to hold together any major part of society. For some reason watching and or worshiping science fiction shows has not quite seen as much recognition as let’s say… splitting the atom.

Throughout history most of the geek population has not been remembered except for that guy who was stuffed in a locker and the sole inspiration for the wedgie. Yet, in typically some sort of fantasy world involving creatures almost as disturbingly dressed as figure skaters or giant robots on steroids, they are at the top of their game.

You have to understand that while some jocks will moonlight as geeks on occasion, the vast majority don’t do a terrible amount to escape the nasally greasy haired stereotype. Don’t believe me, go to a gaming convention and watch these guys play Dungeons & Dragons for four days straight and some sort of unhygienic record will be set. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I happen to know way more than will separate me from this discussion.

Despite all these things that are usually best kept to a message board or behind a Tolkien fan fic, geeks can be some of the most passionate people you will ever meet. Just like when a soccer hooligan or a hockey nut will defend to the death their favorite team, bitter fights will erupt over the best Star Trek or which anime is tops in Japan.

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