Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Truly Geeky

Right, the photo has nothing to do with the post,
but I got  my medal in the mail yesterday
and had to show off!
Yesterday was my day to post on The Cheesecake Thickens. Nothing big, just my fears about an upcoming birthday. No, really, not the getting older part. You'll see :).

On a related note, the fact that I'm turning 42, and that several of my friends are turning 42, and that we're all thinking, "Hey, cool, we're now the answer to life, the universe, and everything," has really solidified the fact that I am a true geek. My friends are true geeks. And I find this a good thing!

It's made me think of some of the truly geeky moments in my life. Thought I'd share...

One of my college profs asked an "optional" question on a test: "What's the answer to life, the universe, and everything?" Well, you know what my answer was! He, however, had never read the Hitchhiker's Guide books, and snagged me after class. "What does that mean? You're the second student to put that answer!" And it hit me--not everyone on the planet goes all gushy for Douglas Adams.

Another time, in a different class, a different prof was talking about behavior modification and mentioned that there is a movie which illustrates the use of negative reinforcement to change behavior in people. I, of course, blurt out, "A Clockwork Orange," just loud enough for the guy in front of me to hear. The prof then says, "A Clockwork Orange." The guy in front of me spins around so fast I think his head is going to fly off, and gives me a look that says, How the bloody hell did you know that????

Nearly every time I see a small structure such as a shed or anything remotely phone-box-ish in shape, I find myself at least thinking, if not saying out loud, "Is it bigger on the inside?"

I cannot hear the word "sonic" without automatically thinking "screwdriver." (And, thanks to Kessie, "hedgehog", which never would have come to mind before. My friends are making me geekier.)

I cannot count the number of times I've uttered the words, "Myyy preeeciiouussssss."

I have a friend with whom, for a while, I emailed back and forth only in limericks. We also had a Harry Potter haiku battle.

While visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time, we opted to not buy wands and make our own instead. The beasties and I now own two hand-made wands each, and their BFFs each own one as well. (Yes, we eventually broke down and bought the beasties "real" HP wands, but the hand-made ones are so cool, and not breakable!)

Speaking of the beasties, I love that my geekishness is rubbing off on them. I find Beastie 1 watching The Hobbit and the LotR series all the time, both beasties making swords and bows/arrows out of branches, and Beastie 2 swooning over Legolas and Aragorn when other girls her age have no idea who they even are.

OK, so now you all now--if you didn't already before--know just how much of a geek I am.

How about you? What are some of your geekiest moments?


Kessie said...

My husband and I sit and debate the finer points of time travel, tesseracts, and how a person could believably extend their lifespan several centuries. Lately we've been discussing another Sonic fanfic. We giggle a lot. My hubby's such fun.

Kat Heckenbach said...

I can't discuss fiction/writing with my husband, but we definitely have some geeky scientific conversations. And I've got him hooked on Dr. Who.

Jeff Chapman said...

Congrats on the medal. You should put your book on a podium with the medal hanging from it and play the national anthem. : ) As for geeky moments, the family and I were driving across Virginia a month ago and my wife was looking at the map, commenting on the odd place names, such as Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Rappahannock River, Sharpesburg, etc. These places are all significant to the Civil War. I knew about all of them. She was becoming annoyed.

Kat Heckenbach said...

Hah! I don't know about a podium, but I'll likely mount it on the wall somewhere :).

And a history geek! Ooh! Very not me :P. I wish I liked history, but honestly, I seem to have some sort of mental block.

Unknown said...

I confess, I'm not cool enough to be geeky, but I love Douglas Adams and feel that Marvin the paranoid android is my fictional counterpart. That's got to count for something. The text below says to prove I'm not a robot. Shhhh.

Kat Heckenbach said...

Totally counts, Jill! :)