Thursday, October 31, 2013

Confessions of a Nerd

Hi, my name is Tina and I am a nerd.

I have been a nerd as long as I can remember.  I've always been a bit eccentric and off in my own world.  The first book that I ever wanted to read, when I was five, was Gray's Anatomy.  I had a habit of bursting into song at random intervals during second grade...which gave my teachers fits. I often got lost in museums, not because I wandered off, but because my parents kept forgetting that I liked to read all the little placards underneath each exhibit.

When other kids were outside playing, I was in my room, stalking the dark underbelly of Gotham City with Neal Adams' Batman.  To this day I would argue that the Joker is the biggest villain in literature, Tolkien be darned.  My parents could never buy enough books for me;  within hours after we left the bookstore with a bag of comics and the latest Hardy Boys novel, I had finished them all.  Books are like old friends, with personalities all their own. I remember most of the books I've read, and treasure the books I've read more than once.  I read for fun, but I also read to learn.  If there's something that I want to know about, the first thing I do is buy a book about it, even before I consult the Google.  As a result, I have more books than our local library.  In fact, our formal dining room was converted to a library, with floor to ceiling bookshelves, and there are still boxes of books waiting to be freed from captivity.   

 I've loved words my entire life, the bigger, the better.  And I'm not afraid to use those big words in conversation, either.  If this means that nobody knows what the heck I am talking about, that's okay.
I will giggle at innocent plays on words, and I won't care a bit that nobody gets the joke but me. If I am asked a question, I have a bad habit of overexplaining and elaborating, and often I bore others to death without really intending it.   I have 7, 642 pens.  Most of them are in the very bottom of my purse.  All of them write perfectly, and I use them often, preferring to write ideas on paper than to type them into my smart phone.  I have a habit of collecting blank journals to fill with my ideas. 

I am an introvert, preferring quiet solitude to the noise of parties.  Large groups of people drain my batteries.  I am socially awkward, but I have been known to attend social events by myself and enjoy them.

Do not confuse me with a geek.  I do not have any singularly obsessive interests; I am interested in everything and everyone.  I have the minimum technical skills needed to navigate a computer, but not much else.  I have never memorized entire screenplays, but I do enjoy reciting humorous dialogue from them.  I do not know which specific scenes in the X-files contain an appearance by the Smoking Man, but I know that he was really creepy.  I have no idea what the blood used to film scenes in The Walking Dead is made of; I just know that it looks really cool.  My husband is the geek; he can recite pages from Tolkien, can tell you the family lineage of every single character in the LOTR Trilogy, and can tell you which authors were directly influenced by Tolkien and how. 

My name is Tina, and I am a nerd.

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  1. Tina, I'm the same kind of nerd :) The strange thing is that NONE of my three kids is like me. In some ways, I wish I'd passed at least some of my nerdiness down to them. The voracious reading, being okay with being alone ...

    1. Some nerd tendencies don't show up until late, so you still have time! Thanks for reading!

  2. Yes! Me too! But I'm a nerd PLUS a geek (about certain things) so I'm really fun at parties. Well, I would be if I ever went to parties :)

  3. I had guessed this about you. I guess I am a nerd too. I play word games every morning!

  4. I love nerds!! I think I learned how to stop being socially awkward by watching my sisters work a room. They really helped bring me out of my shell a bit. I miss getting lost in books!

    1. I carve out a few minutes of book reading every day, just to keep my nerd card current!

  5. Here, here! You have a library for a living room....I love you even more now (despite the jealousy)


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