Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Geek Loyalty FTW!

Our friends are some of the most important people in our lives.  Sure, family comes first, but friends are a very close second.  The good ones are there when things go wrong but the really good ones are there when  it's your own fault.  They're just like family, except they choose to stay with you when you're an idiot instead of being stuck with you.  I was thinking about my most loyal friends and discovered something interesting.  The most loyal people I know are Geeks.

It doesn't matter how big or small the issue, a Geek Friend will back you up to the bitter end.  This could mean simply agreeing with you across a cup of coffee that the rest of the world is wrong, unfair, cruel and completely brain dead.  It could mean helping you convince someone that Firefly was the biggest loss to TV in the history of forever.  It might even be something really serious like standing shoulder to shoulder in a room full of teen girls while you steadfastly insist that Twilight is the world's worst vampire story.  That last one actual risks bodily harm, so that friend is definitely a keeper.  Geeks are so loyal they'll even defend their favorite shows/comics/movies long after those things have passed into history. 

But the thing that strikes me most about Geek Friends is that their loyalty to each other doesn't really have to involve taking sides.  It's about sharing a passion for things in the Geekverse and having that turn into a genuine connection.  They are there when you have a horrible day and are ready to commiserate with exactly the right Geek reference to make you laugh about your boss or about the dent in your new car.  They get you even when other people don't.  And they tend to band together, especially online, and use the power of their combined Geekiness to make whatever has gone wrong with your day just a little less awful.

Geeks are typically stereotyped as loners.  They're supposed to lack all social skills, live in their parents' basement and do nothing but play games and watch TV.  In reality, the Geeks I know are an incredibly social bunch and the most loyal friends, and best back-up, a person could hope to find.  Geek Loyalty FTW!

3 comments:

  1. It is the same among my friends, the geeks are the best and always there. Maybe because we are stereotyped as loners we try to compensate?

    I'm not sure, but I do know that I can always count on my geeky friends - for the perfect LotR quote or when my car breaks down.

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  2. You may be right, Amy. Given the number of times Geeks don't feel like they belong, maybe when we make a connection we're twice as sure not to take it for granted.

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  3. I have to say I agree...

    Take me and one of my best friends. We met in high school and bonded over our love for Weird Al and that we watched all the same TV shows.
    This past weekend, at a convention, she was in total Trekki mode, in her Star Trek:Voyager uniform. I was dressed as Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter franchise.

    We disagree on practically everything else in our lives. She's a teacher, I work in an office. She's into indie/rock music and I adore pop...
    With Sci-Fi, she's a total Trekki and I've never seen a single episode of any ST franchise.

    But at the end of the day, we're both geeks and are totally in our element while walking around a convention hall in our geek outfits.

    I have other friends whom I met at a sci-fi convention and I don't know how I manged to survive without them...
    There's nothing quite like knowing other people are thinking the same thing you are and you both know it, neither having to say it out loud.

    When I think of the geek friends I have, I couldn't be happier or prouder to be a geek!

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