English GeekMy mother has at least two reasons to hate me.English Geek5 years ago in Embrace Your Geekness More Like This
Number one is that I still live at home with her. Without me, she'd have the house to herself, with more privacy, and with a cat. My mother loves cats, but I am allergic.
Number two is that I love reading English books. Most books I buy or get as presents these days are in English, and my mother who loves to read does not understand enough of that language to enjoy those books, too. Every once in a while I buy a German book just to please her, but really, translations of English books cannot gain my love (or interest) easily. The only thing I like about them is to guess what the original might sound like and be annoyed because the translators did such a bad job.
Not even German books, without the translation problem, can hold my attention. This might be considered as strange, because I grew up reading them and loved a German author of fantasy stories dearly (the one who wrote Stargate, although I never read that). But
Geeky UnclesGrowing up, geekiness was always something I associated with uncles. Both of my uncles tend towards the geeky side. My uncle Kevin was always to me the epitome of geekiness. Pale, thin, glasses, long hair, dressed in black, and eternally fiddling with some gadget or another. A fan of nearly all that is geeky, he is an ardent Trekkie as well as a watcher of anime.Geeky Uncles5 years ago in Embrace Your Geekness More Like This
My uncle Brian, though perhaps not nearly the geek my uncle Kevin is, still has his geeky side. With a PhD in science from MIT, he may better fit under the classification of nerd, but as an elementary school child I had no idea there even was a difference. My uncle Kevin may have barely gotten into the college he did, and taken five years to complete his Bachelor's (he never got any further), but now he works for Google, while my uncle Brian is jobless and lives in a basement writing strange books. (He should count himself very lucky to have his wife.)
Now, when confronting my own brand of geek, I am, of course, unique.