Hello I’m Sammie and I’m a nerd.
I may not have a love of Star Trek or Star Wars or Starbursts that includes costumes and fan fiction, but I am a nerd, nonetheless. I am a pop culture and politics nerd. My versions of insane celebrities are Glenn O’Brien and Jim Himes. If I meet these people, I’m reduced to a shell-shocked super loser who can’t stop smiling like Jack Nicholson from “The Shining” while my blank mind tries to come up with something witty (it never does). I recently saw Graydon Carter exit an elevator, and it took every sane bone in my body to not be Creepy McCreepstein and follow him to his destination.
I have a desperate love for all things politics and pop culture, with knowledge of things so obscure, even my closest friends have to reel me in sometimes (“GUYS this is just like in that episode of Four Kings when-” “Sammie. Shut up. No one gets that reference.”). But I will say this, I am proud of my nerdness.
Historically, nerds have always been given a bad rap (Urkel, Screech, Carlton from Fresh Prince, every Star Trek superfan on the planet, that creepy blogger kid from Glee), but recently, it has become the cool thing (the other Glee kids, Ugly Betty, Dwight Schrute, and Carlton…I love him). Because, let’s face it, everyone’s got a little nerd in them. Even those “jocks” that were responsible for Glee-style dumpster flingings. Have you ever seen one of them meet a sports idol or rattle off statistics of the Giants from their 1973 post-season? Because I have, and I have to say, that “bro” crap melts away when they’re giving the same creepy look to the members of State Radio that you were giving that Lucky editor that one time you recognized her in the street.
What I’m saying here is there is no better time to be a nerd! Embrace your inner geek! The feeling of joy I get when I find something like the Sam Adams remix of “Heads Will Roll” is comparable to what I imagine seeing your child for the first time is like. I love all things music, movies and sports, so why do I have to be ashamed of my geekiness? Honestly, if everyone just embraced their little quirks that they think are so embarrassing, the world would be a much happier place. Trust.
After all, being passionate about something (no matter how geeky) is way more fun and interesting than just sitting there trying to fit in.
So bring on the suspenders and the huge glasses (but in a non-ironic sense. I’m a nerd, not a hipster), and live long and prosper, fellow nerds.