2/19/09

Isolated Geeks

My Mom used to have this pair of bellbottoms. She made them herself and they were denim with all kinds of swirly sherbet colors. Like pink and light orange and raspberry. Sometimes she wore them with platform shoes that were made of stretched red leather and wood. I used to just die when she wore them to school. I couldn't understand why she would wear something that wasn't in style. (I probably thought this while wearing really dark purple lipstick with a y-shaped necklace, braces, and Umbro shorts....oy.)

She used to talk about how someday us girls would understand. Something would come along that we would love and then it would go out of style and we could either suffer the fate of not being able to wear our favorite thing, or be bold, wear it anyway and face the snark attacks head on.

Now that I'm 26, and I can look back and see how cool it was that my Mom always did literally whatever she wanted when it came to clothes and her life in general, I definitely get what she was saying. Because right now, at this time in my life, everything that I like is fairly mainstream. It's not a bad thing to be a geek anymore. The internet fixed that. You can find any kind of footage that you want of anything that you loved as a kid. You can find other people who love Star Trek or 80's music or a certain genre of movie.

Just the other day on, "The Big Bang Theory" I noticed that while "the guys" were playing Klingon Boggle, they had the same "How To Learn Klingon" book that I have the accompanying CD for. Same picture on the cover and everything. That same night I found that PBS was airing an American Masters about musical theater in general and, "Gypsy" in specific. LOST was on last night too, which I never miss. Even when it's in a slump. I was able to immediately run to the computer and start emailing people about my theory that Charlie appeared to Hurley and told him to to get on the plane and take his one of his old guitars with him. Hence why Hurley looked to be withholding some information.

I think that the days of isolation for geeks are OVER. Totally over. Instead of people feeling like individual weirdos, they can just say they're a part of a counter-culture. A la the Twilight Moms.

It really makes me think. I wonder what kind of counter culture my Mom would've been a part of throughout the 80's and 90's. Being firmly lodged in the mid-west, we always felt so weird. We were the "weird" family. Which wasn't that bad most of the time. Honestly. But it's just food for thought.

We weren't weird. We just weren't around people like us.