Like most of the computer-obsessed friends that I hang out with, I am often called a geek by the non-techie types that I have to interact with. (That list of non-techies includes my wife, by the way. ;-])
I wondered if that was a label that I should wear with pride, then I saw a great quote the other day:
"A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one."
Given my over-interest in computers, maybe the "Geek" title fits.
When discussing several subjects with some other geeks the other day, one of my friends asked, "Is it possible that there is anything that you're not a geek in?"
I had to give that some thought, but then I replied, "Shoes."
To be honest, I wear a set of sneakers just about everywhere. I wouldn't know a good set of dress shoes if they snuck up behind me and kicked me in the rear.
Maybe that's why I have such a hard time understanding why my wife owns 40 pairs of shoes... To me, I figure what's the point?
To be honest, I actually do own a couple of other pairs of shoes, but my wife bought them for me. When all is said and done, all I ever wear is the sneakers. (Even to church... ;-])
I think my wife buys my other shoes for me in the hopes that I will either: 1) empathize with her plight, 2) convert to the dark side, or 3) develop some form of shoe-fetish gland. I think the fact that I work for Microsoft has still escaped her.
I've told my daughters that I'm making them a simple deal: I'll wear a tuxedo for their weddings. If I foot the bill for the wedding, then I'm wearing sneakers with the tux. If they pay for their own wedding, then I'll wear whatever shoes they like.
Seems fair to me. ;-]
But the question remains, am I a socially hopeless cause? I hope not. (After all, I do get out a lot.)
Am I a geek? Hmm... I guess I should consider the old adage:
"If the shoe fits..."
Well, you know the rest. ;-]