There’s a convention of Geeks in Toronto. A few of them are staying with us at the Canadiana Backpackers. And, by the way, the term “Geek” is no longer a perjorative – not in this day and age; not by a long shot!
Geeks are the only people who know what’s going on in the 21st Century. They’re the? one’s who can navigate the complicated twists and turns of the computer generated Information Highway. Two of the Geeks here for the convention have come all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I don’t know what the convention is all about, other than it is some arcane high-tech subject obfuscated by computer speak. You see, I’m not a Geek; although at times I wish I were! Instead, I have stumbled into the computer age a functional illiterate.
So as an outsider, let me tell you a little about “Geeks”. To begin with, they are without a doubt, smarter than non-geeks. They are far less likely to indulge in alcohol abuse and other irresponsible antics; however, our own, in-house, computer whiz, and “Lager Lout” (an affectionate term) alumnus, Simon, is a notable exception.
Our two Geeks from New Mexico are bright, articulate, courteous and more than willing to share their computer knowledge with anyone. I’m going to ask them (again) what the convention they’re attending is all about.
I already asked them last night and they told me. I just pretended to know what they were talking about because I didn’t want to look stupid. So in order to keep you all informed via this blog, I guess I’ll have to ‘fess up!
We just received this from our comments section of the blog. Good to hear from you Lara. We love to hear from everyone, so sends us? your comments: (The Geek on the left is Jason and the one on the right is Damien)
This is Lara in New Mexico and one of those Geeks is my boyfriend. I’m glad he is sharing his wealth of computer knowledge with all of you at Canadiana. I too, being a non-Geek, find myself nodding a lot and pretending like I know what he’s talking about (sometimes bursting out laughing because, man, some of that computer-speak is hilarious and I can’t help but picture him with a pocket protector and thick glasses with a nasaly voice!). All-in-all, your portrait is correct – he is definitely bright, articulate, courteous (despite some minor laundry transgressions), and willing to share his knowlege of computers with anyone who is interested. However, as the person who lives with him and regularly indulges in alcohol abuse and other irresponsible antics with him, I must take exception to the suggestion that he is far less likely to engage in such behavior. But, it’s good to know that he’s being well behaved for you up there in Toronto. Let’s see how long it lasts . .