While writing last night’s blog post about the Star Trek V score, I wrote something that inadvertently spurred further thought.
I do realize how telling it is that as a teenager, I thought the Cool Club went to Star Trek movies, though.
And I realized that’s truly at the core of my big gripe with the current crop of “hip geekiness” in which we are awash. Being a geek was, in the not-too-distant past, not something of which a geek was readily aware. It’s probably why The Big Bang Theory came to ring so false for me in so short a time.
Looking back, and recognizing things in hindsight, I came to notice that I was a geek. But in the moment, when I was a teenager and in college, it was not something I triumphed, trumpeted or threw in people’s faces to try to get them to notice me.
I remember one uniquely out-of-body experience wherein I was completely aware that I was being led into asking a girl out, but in my brain was unable to stop the idiot words from coming out of my mouth that spiked the chance. She was blond, it was Senior year and it was in the band room as we waited for singing rehearsal or something like that.
Part of being a geek, honestly, was the blissful cluelessness that actually would cost you dates when a girl would drop hints by engaging you in conversation and you were too wrapped up in your discussion about [insert geek topic here] to respond appropriately. I’d say that being a geek helped maintain innocence beyond the average expiration date, too, and would go to explaining why so many of us remain “childlike” through adulthood.
Or maybe I’m just off on a tangent again. I don’t know. What do you think?