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Let your ‘Geek flag’ fly for ‘Embrace Your Geekness Day’

Published 12:00pm Friday, July 13, 2012

According to the website, today is not only Friday the 13th, but it is also “Embrace Your Geekness Day.” Ignore the black cats and walk under the ladder.

A “geek,” as defined by Urban Dictionary, is “the people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult.” No one currently works under me. Bummer.

It also says to not confuse a geek with a nerd.

A geek does not necessarily have to be very smart, but he or she should enjoy video games, comic books, and being on the internet. They are into technology and all that it entails.

Another site also defined a geek as someone who is into things that are not mainstream. This, of course, makes geeks more interesting than normal people.

Geeks and hipsters are cousins, because if you look up “hipsters” on Urban Dictionary, it says “definitions are too mainstream” and “hipsters can’t be defined because then they’d fit in a category, and thus be too mainstream.”

You are definitely a hipster if you drink Pabst Blue Ribbon.

For example, Screech from the ‘90s sitcom Saved by the Bell would be considered a “nerd,” but Mark Zuckerburg or Jerry Seinfeld would fall into the “geek” category, and the actress Zooey Deschanel is a “hipster.”

To weave this thread, everyone is on the Internet, ergo, geek is the new cool.

Going Geek is exhausting at first. A Geek must be armed with his smart phone at all times and manage to somewhat socially function while maintaining a constant vigilance on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest feeds.

Luckily, these all link into one another now, and a person can be more efficient.

It is amazing that Geeks can keep a steady job with all the distraction, and some probably struggle to do so, because it can be hard to remember to check your email.

Even Pinterest, the online inspiration board site, has a GEEK category label for your board.

If you are not on Pinterest, that sentence made zero sense to you, and you are not a geek.

I pecked in “geek” and, through the imagery that appeared, learned you are most likely a Geek if you love Harry Potter, the Twilight series, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars and action figures.

You are definitely a Geek if you have a Nintendo t-shirt, and you get bonus points if you wear it to Comic Con, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world, which is going on right now in San Diego.

Are you a Geek?

I may be at least 75% geeky. I am a Harry Potter and Edward Cullen junkie, and you already know I went to the midnight showing of the Hunger Games.

I am not a “gamer,” unless it’s the original Nintendo, and it’s not like I ever beat the original Mario game.

Sadly, I don’t even own a pair of Converses. But I want a pair, so does that count for something?

John and I went to Willow Point Wednesday night for dinner, and I noticed the huge storm rolling in across the lake.

It was magnificent. I hastily took six pictures on my Iphone, and then agonized over what filter to use on the photo in Instagram, so that I could tweet it to James Spann while simultaneously posting it to Facebook, because who doesn’t want to see how many “likes” they can get?

John gave me his best side eye and said I was “cray.” (When John uses the word “cray,” he is making fun of pop culture slang.)

“James Spann has 65,000 followers, John.  He is going to retweet my photo! YOU’LL SEE!”

And when James Spann retweeted my photo, naturally, I “geeked” out.

So today, I salute you, all you Geekers! Let your Geek flag fly today while hosting Mario Kart tournaments on N64 and then tweet me all about it @LaceyHowell. Or write on my Facebook wall.

I will “like” it.  Swears.

Howell works as an advertising representative for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in addition to writing this column. Contact Howell at to keep her In the Loop of events.