Thursday, August 05, 2004

I Love Geeks

Serriously, ladies...if the dating thing is not going well for you, consider getting to know a Geek. In general (forget the stereotypes; the Simpson's Comic Book Guy does not help the Geek PR machine), Geeks are good men.

I ought to know: I married one.

Matt's a full-fledged Geek (although the man is mighty handy in the kitchen); and he's the one I picked.

If you're not sure how to go about finding and dating a Geek, read A Girl's Guide to Geek Guys.
There's some helpful tips there.

And for the guys? Looking for a an actual (versus a virtual) woman of your own to love? Be sure to check out Brenda's Dating Advice for Geeks.

I mean, Geeks are smart. They will always be able to fix your computer (if they happen to be a software as opposed to hardware guy, or vice versa, they're always friends with a guy who can help). A Geek will pretty much Worship you; you won't have to worry about infidelity!

Girls, you can't go wrong with a Geek. Five+ years, and still going strong...I should know!

Idle Chatter:
I must quibble with something in the first article:

> Geeks tend towards packaged, junk foods since they
> prefer to work and think and aren't all that into
> cooking for themselves.

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Y'see, there are a few important aspects of geeks this article doesn't touch on. First, geek culture values skill and knowledge above all else. Combined with geekish tendencies to focus to a point approaching catatonia or autism, this tends to give geeks rather fearsome depth of knowledge of their preferred subject matter.

Second, far from the TV stereotype of white-shirt, pocket-protector-sporting nebishes who pay attention to Star Wars and nothing else, geeks are actually surprisingly creative. There's an article floating around the net advising hiring managers that instead of asking technical questions to potential programmers and engineers (which they won't understand the answers to anyway), they should check their geek cred by throwing out Monty Python quotes and Star Trek trivia and, rather tellingly, asking what instrument they play. Not all geeks are musical, although many are, but almost all do *something*: play an instrument, paint or do computer graphics, write, act, sew, and so on.

And some of them cook. What this means is that a geek who isn't intrested in cooking, of course, is likely to live on Ho-Hos and Mountain Dew at home as well as at work. One who is, though, may live on Ho-Hos and Mountain Dew at work because he's focused on other things, but when he gets home...well, it's Escoffier time. He'll have a library of cookbooks, an armory of kitchen gadgets, and a knowledge of cuisine that is both deep and broad. Given the (surprisingly unmentioned) tremendous income potential of the average geek, he's also got access to professional-grade equipment and rare ingredients. Find the right geek, and *he* may be the one feeding *you* foie gras and truffles.

True; I'm not saying this article is definitive. But it's a good starting point.

And for the record, if I *had* wanted those things, Matt would gladly have fed them to me.

Instead, it was risotto, marvelous cheeses and fancy chocolates.
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