My husband is a nerd. One of his sisters is a nerd. His friends are nerds. I love his nerdiness. It's endearing and quirky and it's just him. He's brilliant. But he doesn't get the little things.
He's got this phone that he loves and he talks about it to everyone. Did I mention that he talks about it to EVERYONE? Seriously. I get that he's super hyped up about how great this piece of technology is, but in the end, it's a phone. You can use it to make phone calls. The extra bells and whistles are nice, but I don't really care as long as it can make and receive calls.
As a nerd's wife, I get to hear a lot about his newest or current obsession. Right now, he's all about the Windows Phone 7. I've been part of conversations where I hear far more than I ever cared to know about the Windows Phone and all that it does. I don't care that they are getting people to try it out and blog about their experiences. I don't care that you can't get viruses on them. I just don't care.
Here's the thing about my nerd. There is no off switch. There needs to be one, for those times when he doesn't recognize the Nod and Smile Technique, or my eyes glazing over or the fact that I'm starting to get angry because I've already mentioned more than once that I've had enough of this conversation.
I've been married to my nerd for 13 years. You would think I would have found an off switch by now. Maybe I just need a remote, one that would let me change channels so that I could access other parts of his brain for short periods of time just to give me a break.
I know I'm griping about something that he can't really help. He's wired differently. After all, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Now, I have to wonder where nerds are from....any ideas?