Google Something Clever 2.0: I Might Be a Geek.

Aug 8, 2013

I Might Be a Geek.

I'm beginning to wonder whether my son is turning me into a geek, or whether I've secretly been one all along.

I've always loved Star Wars. I honestly didn't know until my very late twenties that there was such a thing as an American over the age of five who hadn't seen Star Wars. That's just wrong. I remember giddily anticipating my older cousin outgrowing each Star Wars toy and then handing it down to me. I wanted that Ewok treehouse so bad!

Side note, I just had a serious dilemma over whether or not to capitalize "Ewok." Is it a race, or a species? I feel like it's a species, so I shouldn't capitalize it. I mean, you don't capitalize "tiger." But lowercase just looks weird. So I guess I'm a grammar geek, too.

I like super heros. I prefer Marvel to D.C., because Superman is super lame. Batman is cool, but the rest of them, yawn. My husband had to do a little convincing in order to get me to watch that first X-Men movie, but now I'm all over that shit. And not because I think Hugh Jackman is pretty. I really don't get it, ladies. I just like his claws and the way he calls everyone "bub."

I like science and math. I don't think that's necessarily the hallmark of a geek, though. I think that just means I'm smart. People often confuse intelligence for geekiness. Stupid people, I mean.

The one holdout I have, though, the one thing that makes me think that I'm not really a geek, is that I don't care for comic books. I'd never read one until about a month ago. My son is a new reader, and we thought a trip to the comic book store would get him psyched to read more. We got that new X-Men series, the one where all the X-Men are ladies. It's like the Spice Girls, only they're mutants and not British.

I could not, for the life of me, understand what people see in those things. It took an entire book to tell a story that was basically four paragraphs long. Too many pictures, I say. Maybe I'm a brevity geek. I don't know.

If you're wondering if you're a geek, I have a really simple test for you. Scroll back up to that picture. That's a recreation of the kind of nonsensical groupings of toys my son plays with. Does it bug you? It bugs me. So you might be a little bit of a geek. But here's the real question: How many things are wrong with that picture? Comment with your answer, and you'll soon see how geeky you really are...