Geekdom is a harsh mistress.
I'm sure you think it's all about watching TV, playing games, eating really bad for you food.
And you would be partially right.
But it's far more complicated than that.
My current theory about geekiness is that it is akin to being autistic. The afflicted has a very narrow but laser-like focus. This explains the stereotypical geeks complete mastery over an arcane subject (like the development of the X-Men over their 40+ years of existence). Check out your local geek and tell me I'm wrong.
On the other hand I am a rare multi-focused geek. If there were a Renaissance Man Geek I would be it. You may think that's not a bad thing to be.
You would be wrong.
See, my interests cover a large area. By nature I'm a news geek. I check out the Times on my BlackBerry while waiting in the checkout line. I am also a big history geek. I geek-out on the History International Channel (the regular History Channel have those irritating reality shows) on a regular basis. There is also the movie/TV geek that is nestled in my heart like a parasite. I seem to have recently developed a new vice with my fixation on mixed martial arts (cage fighting/UFC).
The problem is that there is only so much time I can dedicate to each. The children want to be fed occasionally, there are times that I need to work at my job (Damn them!), and the holidays have thrown me off my Geek-game quite a bit.
I have become a Geek-of-many-trades and Master of none.
This was painfully illustrated this past New Years Eve.
The wife, kids, and I were at our friends in Stoughton. I felt pretty good about my G Quotient (Geek Quotient or rating as a Geek) after winning a Scrabble game against some fairly good players. Yes, I did have good letters, but I used words like jo (a friend... from the Middle English) effectively.
Then it happened.
My young associate (he turned 21 recently) asked me if I have ever seen "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".
My jaw clenched.
"Sunny" (as I will call it) has been on my short list of shows to watch... for a few years. I regard it as a failing in my "keeping up with the TV zeitgeist geek" role.
So I watched the pilot episode of Sunny.
It was all I thought it would be, a perfect storm of good plotting and dysfunctional characters.
My inner geek felt like a punk for not having watched it before.
At that moment I rededicated myself to watching good wholesome programming like Sunny. During the New Years weekend I dived into some of the David Tennant episodes of Dr. Who, watched some Looney Tunes and saw Jeniffer's Body (a recent horror movie featuring the lovely Megan Fox as a succubus).
Best of all I watched another episode of Sunny this morning. It was "The Gang Restarts The Rivalry" episode in which the main characters focus on the tradition of "Flipadelphia". I won't go into the plot any further but I laughed out loud several times. On the Laughter Scale Laughing Out Loud is second only to peeing yourself.
I now feel like I can raise my head a bit higher knowing that my G quotient is back on the upswing.