Sunday, January 22, 2006

Search for Nerds


So I wanna meet a "nerd". And Yes....typical classification makes me shallow and judgemental, blah blah blah...but hey. I've accepted it. *it's funny to me that the kid who drew this picture has the same stereotypes that I do about what "nerds" look like...not funny ha ha, but funny ironic.* I digress.

I've been on a mission these past few days. I've decided to expand my social circle *as small as it is in this new city*, and meet someone who's the complete opposite of me. Star trek MIGHT be interesting...I dont know, but if it is, so help me god....

Last friday, I was going out with a friend of mine, and had decided that I wanted to find a cutie geek to make friends with. I told her that we would start our evening in the "Science Fiction" section of Chapters *Canada's Barnes and Noble*, and then proceed to the theater to see King Kong. I figured it was a nerdy movie, and the kind of show that guys go to togehter, without dates. My friend, who isnt as open minded as I am, told me that although she okayed the Sci-Fi *look at me with the lingo* section, she refused to see king kong. And we went to see Munich instead. The guy beside me was there alone, and he was sort of nerdy....but I didnt want to launch into a huge conversation with someone before the movie started....so I just asked him if he minded if I kept my water in his side of the cup holder. LOL.

I havent met anyone yet who i'm happy with, so I went BACK to the mall this past thursday, to spend a longer time in the book store. There was one man, in the Car section, but he looked like he'd just hiked to Ontario from Alberta...and he looked homeless. He might have been totally interesting, but thats not what I was aiming for....With no prospects, I left the mall not having met anyone, but bought the cutest shirt at old navy, and a new pair of suede gloves that match my purse. I was happy.

I've been conducting MSN surveys, and phone surveys all week long about where to meet..uhh...new people, and the responses i've gotten have been helpful. One store that I settled on in the mall, is that Games store, the one where they have all those little pewter figurines...it's like a game of Risk, but with pewter characters, in make believe places I suppose. When I was at the mall...i paced back and forth outside of this store 5 times debating whether or not to go in. The only people in there were the 2 working, but sitting at a table, battling one another....I decided against it, becucase I didnt want anyone to see me go in there...but I had previously decided that I was going to walk in there and say "so...like...what's this stuff all about?" My nerves got the better of me, I never went in.

So for all of you out there who like these things...leave a comment...i'm interested....Really. =)

I realize this post might make me look completely shallow, and like a total snob, and It isnt intended that way....I just dont know how else to say these things. Any suggestions on where to meet people with these interests??

24 comments:

Amichai said...

It really depends on what type of nerd you are looking for. Are you looking for someone who can be mistaken for either Booger or Poindexter from Revenge of the nerds?

Perhaps you're looking for a Simpsons like Comic book guy or Milhouse? Or maybe a Lane and her band from the Gilmore girls type hipster nerd?

On a scale of nerdiness, From Real Genuis, do you want a Val Kilmer hottie nerd, or maybe a more dorky Gabriel Jarret nerd (he was Mitch Taylor). Or perhaps you are looking for that creepy Jon Greis type nerd who lives in the sub basement trying to figure out how to beat mail in contests.

Are we talking about someone who likes the new Battlestar Galactica on Sci-fi, or someone who prefers the 1978 original?

A Neil Gaiman fan nerd, or someone whose comic book tastes stray towards Todd McFarlane?

A person who played Dungeons and Dragons as a youth - but has since matured, or someone who is nearing thirty and still hopes to one day be a Dungeon Master?

Someone who has seen the documentary Trekies, or someone who was actually in (or should have been in) the documetary Trekies?

Someone who goes to the comic book conventions to meet artists, writers, and like minded people, or someone who dresses up to the minutest detail of their favorite obscure comic book character (I mean who would really want to dress up as Vibe from the early 80's Justice League, or Paraxis from the Conglomerate, or anyone from Alpha Flight or Infinity Inc.?) when they go to said conventions?

Do they need to be rubix cube in thirty seconds smart, or just big dorks of normal intellegence who really get into their fiction?

Or are you looking for someone a bit more mainstream, who doesn't hang out at the conventions, or the chatrooms (or buys the trading cards) but who can set up the various "generes" - if you will -of nerds by their pop culture representation without needing to look any of it up on IMDB.com, or any comic book website?

Tell me who you are looking for and I'll tell you where to find them. Because, god help me, they are my people.

Princess Pessimism said...

Amichai - Uhh...What's battle star glactica? What's a Dungeon master? Trekies is one of my all time favorite movies..those people are CRAZY...but it's good for a giggle....Well...If they're your type of people, maybe Its YOU I need to talk to. Becuase of all of the thigs you asked me about, the only thing I understood was Simpsons, and the movie trekkies. The rest, I havent heard of, or didnt know existed. Maybe you're the person i'm looking for....

Miss Ash said...

I want to be the Commander...the lady with the belt in Trekkies.

As for nerds, meet them at bars like i do...you've already heard my story and read my blog...he liked trekkies and comic books.

rawbean said...

I think what Amichai is trying to say is "Pick me Pick me!"

He's coming to Canada in August, maybe he can stop off in Windsor.

Princess Pessimism said...

Miss ash - I do NOT want his phone number....You have already experienced life with this guy....and are a cautionary tale. no thanks...i'll find my own loser...LOL. Email Heather about her wedding...jenny wants to go and emailed her about it today.

Rawbean - Maybe he will...LOL

Px said...

...yeah...
amichai is the nerd you're looking for, you can just tell!
and i can't believe you don't know what battlestar galactica is!!!
it had Face from the A-Team in it and Lorne Greene and i was a little kid when it was on originally, so that's my excuse for watching it

berly02 said...

I never even knew there were so many types of nerds.

Brian said...

You have a blog, so your kind of already on your way. Look up your local "Browncoats", the die hard fans of the short lived but well worth watching Firefly TV series. I think Nathan Fillion is Canadian.

By the way, what exactly is a weewot?

Natalia said...

I am a nerd...maybe not the typical nerd...I don't wear goofy outfits or have a pocket protector...and I have never seen an episode of star trek... but I read a lot and speak properly, etc.

ME NERD!!!!

:)

-N

Sexy Suburbanite said...

Ah, the nice, cute, sweet, awkward with women because he is unexperienced but has LOTS of potential and will probably worship you geek. Doesn't every woman dream of that? First, I would recommend a "Star Trek" convention. You should learn a little about "Star Trek" before you go and then the geeks will think you are cool for knowing about geeky stuff. Also, you could head over to the science building at your college and go prowling there. But, the problem is that most geeks are afraid to talk to women. They are shy creatures. Do you guys have the show "Beauty and the Geek" in Canada? You should try to make it on that show!

Princess Pessimism said...

PX - Okay..so it's a show then....You know I dont watch TV...And you wanna know what? I've never seen the A-Team, and have NO idea who lorne green is.

Berly - ME NEITHER!!! Isnt this exciting? LOL

Brian - What's a Browncoat? And when you asked what a weewot is i ALMOST died laughing...you'll have to search my prevoius posts to find the answer to that. The blog title has "weewots" in it.

Princess Pessimism said...

Natalia - Ya...if reading and speaking properly makes you a nerd, then count me in. I also like to discuss politics and world issues, but only with people who know what they're talking about. LOL

S.Subs - DID YOU SEE??? Brian Asked what a Weewot was!!! It's WORKING....LOL!!! That's SO funny. *i only feel obliged to point it out to you, becuase I remember you encouraging me. LOL*

I like that term...prowling. LOL...it really sums up what i'm doing. I have no interest in learning about star trek on my own..but if someone was willing to tell me, i'd listen. I know enough already...unitards and space. What else is there to know? LOL!!!

dpb said...

I think many people bulk several classes of people into one Nerd category. The way I see it, there is 3 distinct types of people misjudged as a nerd:
1. Nerd: Socially inept yet very intelligent. May or may not be totally obsessed with sci-fi/fantasy books/tv shows/movies. Rarely seen with a member of the oppositte sex since this type of person is more into computers, math, physics, etc than sex. However, if their intelligence leads to great wealth, a hot trophey wife becomes a standard accessory.
2. Geek: Intelligence varies from smart to highly intelligent. Most likely a fan of the sci-fi/fantasy genre but is typically not the type to dress up in costume or go to extremes. Has well developed social skills and tends to associate with people not classifed in any 'nerd category'. Typically, every group of friends has one geek in their midst. Tends to be successful in the business world and often will be making a six figure salary well before their 30th bday.
3. Dork: Typically of the lowest intelligence of the group but exceptions exist. Socially inept with the general public but has a close group of other dorks that get along quite well. Rarely seen with a member of the oppositte sex outside their own dork circle. Heavily into sci-fi/fantasy and probably runs a booth at the local comic book/sci-fi convention. works at a coffee shop or comic book store.

So which are you looking for?

Princess Pessimism said...

dpb - Well...i'm looking for anyone new to be perfectly honest. Someone that is totally different from me that I can learn new things from. I noticed that the three types you classified all have Sci-Fi in common. I figured that if I was looking for someone new, that Sci-Fi would be a given.

dpb said...

yeah... not sure why we all enjoy that stuff... good luck on your hunt

Lindsey said...

She's baaaaaack!

We need to get you on that show..."Beauty and the Geek." You'd be swimming in nerds.

Princess Pessimism said...

dpb - Well....If you're interested in telling me what you know, i'd be greatful to hear it. LOL

Linny - Thats right baby...i'm back. LOL!!! You know, i'm a nerd myself
about certain things....Im not sure what side i'd be on...the beauty side, or the geek side. LOL

dpb said...

That all depends on what you want to know... I'm not super intelligent nerd but nor am I the Star Trek obsessed dork. I'm just a geek that loves his beer and the occasional sci-fi flick...

Princess Pessimism said...

dpb - What kind of movies? Tell me all about it.

dpb said...

Anything that deals with being in space, robots that live/work like humans, highly advanced weaponry, and gratuitous sex scenes between the most unlikely combination of characters... I'm in. Oh yeah, and if vampires are involved, all the better!

Princess Pessimism said...

REALLY?? The only thing I've ever seen iwth a vampire in it, is Transylvania 6-5000....and that doesnt even count really. LOL

Jennifer said...

You're so funny, I think this might just be an attempt to find a substitute for drama. If you find a nerd you can tell stories about them going to a sci-fi convention.

Did I ever tell you about my friend Chris' "hot-geek" theory?

Princess Pessimism said...

NO...tell me chris' hot geek theory...you know how I LOVE chris.

Marcus said...

Wot! You don't know about Battlestar Galactica?? Or the sublime art of the Dungeon Master?

You've never experienced the singularly delicious chill that a correctly delivered "The door opens onto a scene of devastation.." can send down your spine?

Or sat in front of the TV admiring and hating those sexy cylon bastards?

Tsk tsk tsk. That's terrible! you haven't lived until you've been killed by a kobold wielding a spoon.