It seems like decades ago that I first met Wil Nix...wait, it has been decades. Suddenly I feel old, and I'm only on the second sentence of introducing my partner in geek to you. Well, age aside, our friendship has stood the test of time and here we are about to attempt to entertain you. But first, get to know the geek inside the man - I present to you Nix, geek.
Tyra has asked me some questions and I have never been able to deny her.
1. What does self-identifying as a geek mean to you? How do you define geek?
I identify myself as a geek because it takes the power from those would mean harm by the word. I am not easily offended or timid, but I do get irritated by those that use such a positive characteristic in such a negative tone.
As for what does "geek" mean to me that is simple. Geek is just a vocal fan. A "geek" is no different than a sports fan, theater fan, etc. A "geek" is just better organized when it comes to locales to discuss. Geeks pioneered conventions, the internet, and other wondrous places to make havens for discussion.
I met Tyra back in the day. I will not specify what day (She is violent and will hit me, if I insinuate age) because it was more a moment than just a singular memory. She was a friend of a friend at the time, but we just clicked from then and the rest is geek history!
1. When did you become "geek" aware?
I have to say I was a late bloomer in terms of realizing I was a geek. I didn't buy my first set of dice until I was in my thirties and was doing marketing work on an RPG called Deliria. I was a geek long before that, I just didn't know it. I was going to sci-fi/fantasy conventions, belonged to a Star Trek fan club, but the light bulb never quite went off.