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Happy Day!

2010 May 25
by Shannon Lowder

Today is a busy day!  Today has three special events.

  1. Today is the anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars.  You have to find time to watch it today!
  2. Today is Geek Pride Day.  — I have a list of rights and responsibilities to follow.
  3. Today is Towel Day!

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
— Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

So make sure you keep your towel close at hand today!  You never know when you’ll need it!

And as for Geek pride day, here is a list of rights and responsibilities I found on Wikipedia:

Rights:

  1. The right to be even geekier.
  2. The right to not leave your house.
  3. The right to not have a significant other and to be a virgin.
  4. The right to not like football or any other sport.
  5. The right to associate with other nerds.
  6. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
  7. The right to have all the geeky friends that you want.
  8. The right to not be “in-style.”
  9. The right to be overweight and have poor eyesight.
  10. The right to show off your geekiness.
  11. The right to take over the world.

Responsibilities:

  1. Be a geek, no matter what.
  2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
  3. If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
  4. Save any and all geeky things you have.
  5. Do everything you can to show off your geeky stuff as though it were a “museum of geekiness.”
  6. Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
  7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
  8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
  9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
  10. Befriend any person or persons bearing any physical similarities to comic book or sci-fi figures.
  11. Try to take over the world!

The point is, it was only a bad thing in middle and high school if you were a geek.  As soon as you hit college, you found out real quick it was a great thing to be a geek.  You had a whole new playground to work with.  Bigger computer labs, bigger libraries.  There was more opportunities if you were a geek.

Embrace your geek factor today!  I’ll be enjoying myself by watching a great movie, being myself, and possibly re-reading a great book.  What are you going to do?

One Response leave one →
  1. Lina permalink
    July 24, 2010

    So sad I totally missed out on geek day! I am looking forward to celebrating next year. It’s so true that being a geek was only bad in our younger years. It really is a shame, all that time wasted, trying to hide the geekiness. Now, in our older years, how cool are we? Getting all the cool advantages and, the irony, the kids love us because geeky adults still love to play! Video games, computer games, Legos, DnD…we love toys. Next year, I take over the World!

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