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Loving Your Geek!

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Loving your geek, tolerating his hobbies
By Matthew Sakey

Back when I was in high school, geeks were not highly regarded as potential boyfriend material. (Being one of them I am eminently qualified to attest to this.) Comic books, thick glasses, computers and chess club just don't match the selling potential of varsity jackets and cool cars. However, it's been noted that some geeks grow up to found software conglomerates, and even those who don't tend to be more agreeable later in life than they were back in their teens.

Like everyone after high school, we mellow out, ditch the young-wizard glasses, and develop the social skills that seemed so sorely lacking when we were pimply youths. However, that doesn't mean that we've lost our geekhood — we just conceal it better. More importantly, since you've grown up since high school as well, that geekhood which was so unpleasant back then is kind of charming now — try it and you may be surprised. There's no longer any shame in dating a geek, and it can be well worth the effort. The only issue is that sometimes you may find it difficult to understand our peculiarities. While it's not necessary to know the difference between Sauron, Saruman and the Sarlaac to successfully date one of us, mastering the art of tolerance and bemused understanding will assure a long and fruitful relationship with your geek.

Geek care and feeding is easier than many think, because we are generally healthiest when left to our own devices. This doesn't mean we can't do things together; but we do thrive when given a little time to do our own thing. (This conveniently frees you from having to be part of it.) For example, let me wander off to the computer section while you're browsing CDs at the store. And though I am betraying my people to share this, adhere to the strict "yes-no rule" of computer product purchases: If I come back clutching an object in a brightly colored box, let me buy it only if I didn't buy something last time we were shopping. We do tend to overextend our finances, especially on computer equipment — it changes so fast, and the stuff is just so neat — so it also might behoove you to check the price tag and confirm that I really need this item. (My interpretation of "need" at this point will be highly subjective, so ask the tough questions.) Remember that there's a good chance I only want it because it's new. Geeks are suckers for new stuff.

We geeks are comfortable in herds, so keeping yours content requires that he have the opportunity to associate with his own kind now and then. Conveniently, this also solves the movie problem: Our taste for multiple viewings of certain films may not appeal to you, so let us go with our friends as often as we like. Since geeks generally like movies of all kinds (we just gravitate towards those with dragons or starships over others), you can feel free to choose whatever films you'll see as a couple without fear of whining. Try that with a football star.

If you live together, it's also helpful to grant your geek a little space to call his own. Here we will build our model airplanes, operate our ham radio, play our games, whatever — all in gleeful privacy. After a school career of constant abuse, we are rather unsurprisingly embarrassed by our geekdom, so letting us practice it in solitude is a very considerate gesture. We'll appreciate it and you won't have to move all our miniatures off the kitchen table every time you want to eat.

Geeks are among the sweetest and most adoring of boyfriends, and the old prejudice of greasy-haired basement dwellers has long since fallen by the wayside. We can dress ourselves and perform routine grooming tasks, and as geeks move into the mainstream, we are becoming more sought after by savvy women. If you don't share some of your boyfriend's more esoteric hobbies, remember that they'll almost never interfere with all that you do share — so let him enjoy them.



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Print it out, pin it up over your school.

Or get your school newspaper to print it.

Or better yet, use your geek prowess to mass email it across your school network.
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I haven't seen an extreme geek since my high school days. He was fat, wore thick glasses, and says he would never have sex until he was married. What a geek!
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They left out where I am an insomniac, have a milk and cookie addiction and have an eye for speed.

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Old 12th October 2003, 00:33   #11
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Print it out, pin it up over your school.

Or get your school newspaper to print it.

Or better yet, use your geek prowess to mass email it across your school network.
I could just do that, but instead, get an instant result at Homecoming.

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i myself is more considered an higher intellectual in my high school. Basically, I am smart, but not thick glass, weakling type of geek.
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If all girls were more like shyshy the world would be a better place. People need to realise these things.

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You're supposed to wait till after to say that.

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hmm. Good idea. Now to subliminally have girls read it.
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Ping! and the thread goes downhill after the first reply!
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Truthfully, I'm a geek myself. And a goofball, as if y'all haven't figured that one out already.
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Drinking a shitload of coffee, I'm a junkie. And, Germ, man, don't change. Ever. You crack me up
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Yes, germ is one of my best friends too! He does sexual flavors for me. And it tastes good!
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Hardcore.

The forums clock is off by about a poofteenth of a milisecond per day, and so it becomes slightly borked after a while. We have to wait until a moderator can be bothered getting off his/her (ahh, SLK..) butt and resetting it, but they never do anything, so it takes a while. Damn mods.

/edit: Oh and Timzone8, you also have to take into account that the US is currently in daylight saving mode, and we aren't. Hence the extra hour.

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ShyShy, you have my deepest, most humble apologies for derailing your fine, geek loving thread. Please accept my belated apology, you sexy sexy woman you. What? Oh, yes. Sorry about that last bit. Eh.. heh. Yes, quite. Ahem. *cough* Oh, and thank you for loving the geek. Women like you, make life worth living. You, and Dungeons & Dragons.

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I got home at 2am in the morning. Now think about that! Only caffinated drink I had was at 7:30pm the night before. Homecoming! Took 1/2 an hour to get back home (home was at my friend's house where my car was parked behind her SUV), about an hour for the rest of the group. Their driver didn't know where "home" was.

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if you really want the caffinee, don't drink it. Get some of the beans and suck on them. You can get enough caffinee out to give youself a whopper of a headache.

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1:13am, i am tired as hell, but in no way able to sleep. Damnit i have places to be in the morning, and insomnia just conveniently gives up at about 6am.

Just noticed the sig shy.



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Just noticed the sig shy.



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How DARE you derail my thread with that instrument of evil!!! You bastard!
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odon wory ksysshy ilove you yehne if whats heis momne dn't.

uhh
m ke yo lh otnem
ahehehhe
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I never cared wether they were geek or not.Its whats inside that counts. I think they are cute.

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Yeh' for us geeks, now i have another reason to live my life, other than sketching, painting warhammer, and slot car racing...not to mention using the computer alot
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odon wory ksysshy ilove you yehne if whats heis momne dn't.

uhh
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yes, yes I did.

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Now that you're somewhat awake, translate please.
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ummm I'd really rather not.

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