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May 25, 2011

Geek Pride Day - May 25th

We know that geeks were not looked upon favorably in the past. Although the term has taken on more acceptable connotations, one look at the Dictionary.com definition and we see why people resisted any kind of association.

Geek –noun, slang
1. a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
2. a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
3. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

Now, the term is used loosely. Type "geek" into Google and you will see a plethora of geek labeled affiliations. In fact, May 25th was Geek Pride Day! Jack Cullen, president of Modis, says that "being a geek has gone mainstream." Just don't call them NERDS!


Fast forward... I am recognizing that I, too, have acquired geek-like tendencies. Before moving to Idaho, I literally Googled all of my favorite stores and restaurants to see what I would be surrendering. Once here, I grabbed a copy of the Boise Weekly restaurant edition and added close to 150 scrumptious sounding eateries to my iPhone Bucket List! I also filled my iPhone calendar with upcoming festivals and concerts. Though some events are free, I will need about 5 jobs to fulfill this massive wish list.

Then, after arriving in Idaho City, which by preservation still resembles an old west, gold-mining town, I became amused by the Kindle books I was already reading on my iPhone: Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized The Wild West, by Stephen Fried; and Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States, by Andrew Coe. I had purchased these books before a move to Idaho was even a reality. Come to find out, Idaho City was once home to a large population of Chinese gold miners!

So, how about you? Can you identify with me or have I become an unsalvageable GEEKTOID?

5 comments:

Auntie Bliss said...

This conversation is over my head!
I don't think you are a geek. I think you'd need tape wrapped around the bridge of your glasses :)

PEA said...

Nobody wanted to be a "geek" in the old days but now everyone needs a geek in their lives to fix their computers! lol I wish I was more of a geek than I actually am but apart from my computer I don't own an iPhone, iPad, iTouch, etc. so those things are all beyond me, I wouldn't know where to start with them!! My mom is even worse, she's even scared of her answering machine! lol xoxo

Susy said...

When I think of "Geek" I see someone in high-water pants whose spring is wound too tight. Guess I need to update that picture (: You can call yourself Geek-alicous !!

tea time and roses said...

You are certainly not a "Geek".:o) When I think of Geek Steve Urkel comes to mine and even he was kinda way cool.:o)

Happy weekend to you dear Karen.:o)

Smiles♥

Beverly

Teena in Toronto said...

I adore "Big Bang Theory" ... does that count?

Happy blogoversary :) Mine was yesterday.