I initially read about Speak Out With Your Geek Out from Lori at NotSoSuperwoman. It sounded exactly like something I'd love to be a part of! What is it, you ask? Well, read on!
Many moons ago, my Dad instilled in me a love of all things geeky. He's told me before that he read me Issac Asimov, Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien while giving me a bottle. As a young elementary-schooled aged child, I could repeat most lines from the Star Wars original trilogy. "Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious." My Science Fair project was "The Parts of a Computer." I unfortunately come from a family of people with bad vision so I've had glasses since first grade.Speak Out With Your Geek Out is a week long effort for geeks everywhere to share their love of all things geeky, to demolish stereotypes, and to inspire and uplift the geek community. Post about how much you love your geeky hobbies or vocation from Monday, September 12th, 2011 to Friday, September 16th on your blog, website, social media account or in a forum somewhere. Then come here and tell us about it. We'll have a kick-off post where you can stand and be counted. Let's show the world why we're awesome and why there is nothing wrong with being a geek.
As I entered Junior High and High School, I was lucky to have mostly like-minded friends. We liked Harry Potter. We played Dungeons and Dragons. We were band nerds. And guess what? It was awesome. I wasn't ridiculed much - and if I was, it was okay because my friends thought the stuff I liked was cool too. My Dad, my boyfriend at the time and I all went to Gen-Con Indy one year and had a blast. I wrote my Senior research paper on allegory and religion in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
So what about now? I grew up, got married - to a guy who loves Star Trek! Yay! - and I had kids. As my children have grown, I've tried to instill a love of geeky things in them too - and I think I've done a pretty darn good job. My younglings are true Star Wars fanatics, just like I was/am. For proof, I present the following: My family and I dressed up as the Skywalker family for Halloween 2009. Zeke had a Star Wars birthday party when he turned four and it rocked. He wears Star Wars shirts just about every other day. He also likes Harry Potter and is just starting to get interested in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. (And if my kids weren't interested in those things? That would be okay too - I just want them to be comfortable with who they are.)
Just because I'm a Mom, doesn't mean my love of geeky things has gone by the wayside. I wrote a blog post to the little girl who got bullied for liking Star Wars. I also wrote a Fashion Friday: Geek Edition. (I really need to write a more updated one!) My favorite number is 42 and I shed a tear when Douglas Adams died. I love cosplay - I think it's so much fun. We took the kids to a Ren Faire this year and of course I dressed up. I've also been known to dress up as Bellatrix LeStrange and attend Harry Potter midnight movie premieres.
I was OBSESSED with Battlestar Galactica when it was on. Seriously. I used to be on LiveJournal and followed many BSG-related communities religiously. After episodes had aired, my LJ friends and I would discuss and dissect things that had happened. My husband, newborn daughter and I watched an episode of BSG while I was in the hospital after I had her. I was so excited that the hospital got the SciFi channel because I thought I was going to have to miss it! (Yep...I'm still not calling it "SyFy." I refuse.) I even considered naming my littlest, Kara (after Kara "Starbuck" Thrace) but
So take heart, geeks of the world! You are not alone! You may be varied in your shapes, sizes and preferences. Perhaps you're a fan of one of the many different Star-related things - Star Trek, Stargate, Star Wars, Battlestar and so on. You may know what a Tardis is. Your Christmas list usually includes several things from the ThinkGeek catalog. You're fond of the days of old school D&D - or maybe WoW is more your sort of thing. Whatever kind of geek you are, remember that YOU are uniquely awesome. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a geek. :)