I’m a nerd in a lot of ways; I read comics, play computer games, play video games, read Tolkien, read manga, watch anime, watch sci-fi, play table-top games, attend (and dress up for) Renaissance Faires… the list goes on and on. I pulled out my keys the other day and noticed that some of my nerd-dom was fully on display, and had been for quite some time.
Behold! My awesome nerd keychain crap! A Weighted Companion Cube from Portal, a light I got at ComicCon from the Battlestar Galactica booth, and a little carrot icon from the old days when a carrot on a stick was the most valuable item you could pick up at Gadgetzan in Tanaris from that one goblin, and god help you if you actually got those blue goggles instead, because that 3% meant life or death on a PVP server.
I get made fun of (mostly by Sister) for being a nerd, but she can eat shit for all I care. I’m having a blast. I’m not shutting myself in my room every weekend, hunched over a comic or my computer, avoiding sunlight and making no attempt at human interaction. I am not a Gollum-nerd. I am a modern-day nerd, enjoying my nerd friends and my eclectic interests. Plus, I have a few anti-nerd weapons I can whip out: I’m female, I’m attractive, do KARATE HAI-YA!, I have many friends, I go out, I have an (attractive) significant other, I socialize easily with strangers, etc.
I am many nerds, and I am happy.