Part of my daily activities include driving, sometimes this means mainly driving, others it means a quick trip, my average monthly miles for the last few months is 2,850 miles. Invariably I have to enter into battle with the M25. Whilst this may seem like a task many would find a chore, well your right it is, but the battle gives me chance to think while staring at the back of a HGV’s rear end.
Today’s excursion gave me chance to contemplate what makes a geek. By definition a geek is either a ‘unfashionable or socially inept person’ or a ‘knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast’.
WOW! I wasn’t expecting that!
Analysing those statements I found I was trying to measure myself against them:
Unfashionable: debatable, probably can’t choose them most stylish outfits to walk down the town but I don’t look a mess. I understand what clothing is appropriate dependant on the situation you will face that day. (Not yet have I walked in to the post office in shorts or a balaclava because I like the feeling of openness and warm cheeks.)
Socially inept: Nope, I can manage to express my feeling of a situation in the best way possible. (I tend not to shout if I am stood next to someone, expletives tend to be deleted when speaking to customers)
Knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast: In certain areas yes, but wouldn’t call myself obsessive.
Then it hit me, the term geek now essentially means doing something which gives one pleasure. In short doing something which you enjoy and love doing.
One of the things that has brought me the most enjoyment recently and shown my geek side, has been introducing our family to Qwirkle. Qwirkle is an amazing tile strategy game that brings Dominos Rummikub and Scrabble together, essentially you either create a row of six shapes of different colour or a row of six different shapes of the same colour.
I found this game via Wil Wheaton’s excellent TableTop on the Geek & Sundry Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp3IwPbZYSE&feature=share&list=SP4F80C7D2DC8D9B6C&index=38 watch and if you enjoy subscribe it is extremely good!), I then showed it to Mrs J who after some persuasion to watch the video thoroughly enjoyed watching the game and would like to play it.
So inevitably we ordered and took delivery of Qwirkle. Qwirkle was then taken to the family gathering over New Year and was played all night.
What brought me the most joy was not that every played a game that WE found, but that everyone enjoyed playing a new game, so much so my Mother and Father in law have a Qwirkle set, my Sister in Law has a set and it is played almost each time there are three family members together.
This in a nutshell is why I am a table top game geek amongst over geeky activities, you can communicate, laugh, enjoy the time you spend with each other. I love finding new games and sharing them to whoever.
So here goes, my names J and yes I am a geek of most things.