It has been brought to my attention that May 25 marks Geek Pride Day. This tradition is more authentic than “May the Fourth Be With You”, with even a whole Wikipedia page on the event. I have copied below the rights and responsibilities of geeks that Geek Pride Day seeks to promote;
- The right to be even geekier.
- The right to not leave your house.
- The right to not like football or any other sport.
- The right to associate with other nerds.
- The right to have few friends (or none at all).
- The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
- The right to be out of style.
- The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
- The right to show off your geekiness.
- The right to take over the world.
- Be a geek, no matter what.
- Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
- If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
- To save and protect all geeky material.
- Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a “museum of geekiness.”
- Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
- Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
- Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
- Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
- Try to take over the world!
Clearly, Geek Pride Day was almost designed for me. I may not observe all of the Geek rights, being fond of a large and varied social circle, yet there is no question I live up to all of my Geek responsibilities;
1. Anyone who knows me would agree I am a geek no matter whatever anyone does to try to dissuade me from my path.
2. When I do come across a fellow Nerd, I do tend to try to outclass their knowledge on key areas, funnily enough particularly in film!!
3. I think also anyone that knows me also knows I am not shy about putting forward what I think. Once again, take a good look at a handful of my ROTFN posts.
4. Bride of Film Nerd and I have claimed and protected many classic movie posters, including a poster for every Star Trek and James Bond Film. By protection we of couese mean preserving them by linen-backing and framing.
5. My museum of geekiness is all at my parents place right now, so I cannot take images to show it all off in this post. However, I own 650 DVDs, another 60 Blu-Rays, the afore-mentioned posters, I collect the James Bond Car Collection, and an assortment of action figures, some of which are at our current abode:
7. I attend every movie I can on opening night, and if they are films from Marvel studios or LOTR related, my ticket is bought months in advance
8. Waiting in line in costume;
9. I write a film blog and dress up, am I not showing off geekiness??
10. Try to take over the world?? Why else take a career working with bacteria, viruses, and parasites……