May 25, 2011

Geek Pride Day - May 25th

We know that geeks were not looked upon favorably in the past. Although the term has taken on more acceptable connotations, one look at the definition and we see why people resisted any kind of association.

Geek –noun, slang
1. a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
2. a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
3. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

Now, the term is used loosely. Type "geek" into Google and you will see a plethora of geek labeled affiliations. In fact, May 25th was Geek Pride Day! Jack Cullen, president of Modis, says that "being a geek has gone mainstream." Just don't call them NERDS!

Fast forward... I am recognizing that I, too, have acquired geek-like tendencies. Before moving to Idaho, I literally Googled all of my favorite stores and restaurants to see what I would be surrendering. Once here, I grabbed a copy of the Boise Weekly restaurant edition and added close to 150 scrumptious sounding eateries to my iPhone Bucket List! I also filled my iPhone calendar with upcoming festivals and concerts. Though some events are free, I will need about 5 jobs to fulfill this massive wish list.

Then, after arriving in Idaho City, which by preservation still resembles an old west, gold-mining town, I became amused by the Kindle books I was already reading on my iPhone: Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized The Wild West, by Stephen Fried; and Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States, by Andrew Coe. I had purchased these books before a move to Idaho was even a reality. Come to find out, Idaho City was once home to a large population of Chinese gold miners!

So, how about you? Can you identify with me or have I become an unsalvageable GEEKTOID?