My friend posted this picture today on Facebook.
You have no idea how long I've struggled with my inner geek. I've allowed it to surface more and more in the last few years- but for some reason I've always felt I needed to be ashamed of my geeky side.
Well- I'm coming out of the geek closet. I am a geek. A super geek. I don't dress up. I don't speak Klingon or Elvish- but I just think it's all fun. I wouldn't be opposed to paying a subtle tribute to a Tardis in my furniture or some other nod to geekery.
I'm the kind of geek who goes to Star Trek conventions (I've been to FIVE of them) [I actually had someone use this against me trying to convince a guy not to want to hang out with me]. I LOVE Star Trek. I've seen every episode of The Next Generation at least a dozen times (each). I like the original series- but I haven't seen all of those- and Deep Space Nine and Voyager got a little soap opera-y for me so I stopped watching them- but I love TNG. I've never even seen Enterprise. So I guess one can't call me a truuuuue fan- but still. I know the names of the episodes, most of the guest stars- all of the story lines- and even then I've lost a lot of my trivia knowledge over the years because of hiding the fact that I like it.
I love movies. There are some who can sit and watch sporting events for hours and DAYS. I like sports. Don't get me wrong, I like a good game as much as the next former jock turned closet geek (That's a lie- I was never really a jock- I just played a few sports in my day and didn't entirely suck at it) but I would rather spend my time these days watching movies. I collect them (sort of) and watch them when I have free time (which lately has been a lot).
I like all kinds of movies-chick flix, blow stuff up flix, bawl baby flix, but I especially love musicals. I have Oklahoma so memorized- that I can tell the difference between the two movies they made. Did you know they made two? Yup. They did. They shot one with a regular camera and another in the "new" CinemaScope. I don't like the one in CinemaScope. It bugs me. I grew up on the regular one and so now when I see the CS one, I can see the differences in their facial expressions- and the inflections in the dialogue. It drives me bananas that they're saying it all wrong!
My favorite of all is Brigadoon. Mostly because they sing about the Heather on the Hill- and it's set in Scotland which naturally means it has lots of bagpipes. :) When I went to Scotland, my soul mission was to find a place where I could walk through the heather and sing that song to myself.
I love anything Disney. I almost always win when I play Disney trivia (I've only ever lost to my sister). I'm talking serious geeky trivia like What is Mickey Mouse's birthday? What was the first cartoon featuring Donald Duck? My friend Melissa and I used to do a talent every year at the ward talent show called Stump the Chump. Between the two of us there is not one Disney movie we can't sing a song from (with all the straight to video stuff these days I can't really boast that anymore).
My geekiness runs the gammit. I'm a geek about everything. I find something I love and obsess over it until everyone around me is sick to death of the very utterance.
But I'm not going to feel badly about it anymore. I am a geek. And proud of it!
How hilarious is it that not TWO seconds after I posted this- I popped in an episode of Frasier called "The Show Must Go Off" and the opening scene is Frasier and Roz walking through a science fiction convention and talking to a Klingon- and making fun of it. See- we geeks have it hard. People just don't get it.