Hmm, I can’t help it. Since I saw an episode of the show, I’ve been re-evaluating how geeks (I) see and do things. Firstly, you really don’t care about a lot of things a “relatively normal” person will (I think) worry about. But then again, I’m sure it works the other way too. Point being, all is quite rational, until you realize hardcore geeks are a small portion of the population, and hence, will always “naturally be outcasts”?
But then, I’m not so sure of that either. I’ve always been one, and I don’t think I’ve ever been “not allowed” to do anything with other people in school or whatever citing this as a reason (explicitly or implied). It’s usually I who chose not to. Some people have more fun reading or whatever than throwing a stupid ball back and forth. It’s not like I’ve been picked on or harassed or things like that. I don’t know what’s different. The people on the show are being portrayed like poor losers who’ve had all sorts of bad things (like random bully breaking an egg on their head style things) happen to them just because they were, different.
(I would have said, smarter, more sensitive, funnier etc, but then again I’d have to say weaker, less dynamic, look dorky and a ton of other stuff that might have totally negated those few positive things, so I chose “different”. Sneaky.)
(Before I leave “the show” mode, OMG, thank goodness that 21 year old chap isn’t done with his PhD yet. I was feeling old enough already without knowing there are 21 year old PhDs out there. And did I use the word “chapï¿½”)
I think society here is a lot, different. I guess in certain parts of the world it is kinda cool to be “smart” and in other parts it’s kinda cool to be a body builder? Just what is it? Is it TV? Are we that dumb? Or is it probably just the world us geeks (I’ve) made up in my head where we’re cool for what we’ve done/do and not judged on how unmodely we are? I don’t know. And I fear the answer.
I mean, like even the littlest of things. I do stuff like wear socks with sandals at times. I don’t realize it when I am doing it. When I’m out, I hear (but choose not to listen to) people (who take notice of such things) letting me know. Why? Because it’s something totally inconsequential and I don’t care how I look. It keeps me warm, and if you can’t handle that, don’t see them. It’s not like I’m asking you to ruin your “sense of style”, am I? On a similar vein, there was recently this thing on dining etiquette. Again, it’s something a geeky type couldn’t really care about. We’ll just make you feel uncomfortable? around us, probably, but will not change small things that don’t really matter.
But then again, during all this, I remember the ad for Crank Yankers, where this lady calls up this librarian? or some such and tells her mid conversation “Are you so angry because you realize you’ll never be with anybody hot?” (or something close).
Anyway, coming back to more real life events, got that test back. I didn’t do too well, as I had expected. But then again, nor did too many other people. (So somehow, it’s magically fine and like nothing happened.) I for one salute comparative (slacker friendly) grading schemes. :)
And I’ve been meaning to jot this down, but I don’t know, all sorts of “being PC” issues involved. How do I put this? Hmm. Ok, when “certain religions” dictate that the people who follow it shouldn’t eat between sunrise and sunset for a “relatively short period” of time. Now all that is fine. I guess the deal is to build some sort of restraint or something like that. But now, here’s the thing, “certain people I know” follow this perfectly. How? They wake at sunset, stay up through the night, and sleep at sunrise.
Kinda sorta defeats the purpose, “certain people” might feel. Sheesh.