Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Real Truth About Nerds
I'm not so sure I should write this post. After all, I kind of like the fact that people get sidetracked by my husband's nerdiness and don't notice things like the fact that he's got gorgeous blue eyes. They see a nerd and they think of a stereotypical, socially inept guy who doesn't shower regularly. Nerds aren't really like that.
Most nerds have a great sense of humour. Really! Why else would they embrace the title of nerd? They are also brilliant. They think faster than they can talk, so sometimes you might feel like you're being dropped into a middle of a conversation. You usually are, because they've been thinking the problem through in their head and just want to bounce an idea off you.
Nerds are passionate. Trust me on this one. Ever ask a Mac nerd his opinion of Windows? Try it, but be prepared to sit and listen to a lengthy (one-sided) discussion on why Mac is better than a PC. If you really want some fun, ask a nerd about Bill Gates. They'll either love him or hate him, and you will definitely know why.
Nerds think outside the box. You have to be creative to be a nerd. They look for different ways to do things. I follow Wil Wheaton on Twitter. One day, he tweeted about how he was now running Windows programs on his Mac. I knew what his reason for doing something like that would be because it's the same reason my nerd does thing. "Because I can." Seriously. They will go out of their way to try something just to see if it really can be done on their machine and if it can't be, they will find a way to do it anyway.
Perhaps it takes a special kind of person to love a nerd, but that's OK. I'm happy to be that kind of person because I love my nerd. He's not perfect, but he is perfect for me.