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2017 Geek pride Day

It’s hip to be a geek! Geek Pride Day is here again and we’re so excited to share our nerdom with you. Being a geek isn’t about knowing more than someone else. It’s about being really, really into something and wanting to share that love and appreciation with everyone who will listen. So, got a minute?

Angie Loves Supernatural

I am a total nerd for the show Supernatural. I started watching 2 years ago while I was visiting my best friend in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Her then 10 year old daughter got me watching it on a rather nasty weather day. I got hooked. For one thing it features some really hot guys, and it’s about vampires, demons, werewolves, Lucifer, angels, etc. I’ve become so obsessed with it I recently went to a 4 day convention in Seattle dedicated to the show where I got to meet all the stars. Best weekend of my life! 

Shannon Loves Dance

I’ve been a dance nerd my entire life and recently rekindled my love of ballet. I grew up classically trained in Russian, American Academy, and French ballet from age 5 to 21. In college I transitioned to dance team, lyrical, and modern. Post college I pursued Nia & Aya in order to learn how to love how my body moves at any size. Now after many years away, I have returned to ballet upon finding a Body Positive, Fat-Centric Modern Ballet Class offered by Zaftig Dance in Plus Size.

I also started and operated a ballet school my senior year of high school. I lived in a small town and didn’t care for the lack of professionalism found with the local dance performances. So, I decided to start Curtain Call Productions to share my years of classical training and experience with the local community. I had students ranging in age from 4 to 18 and we performed Cinderella for our finale that year. It provided me with great memories going into college, but sadly no longer had an instructor once I moved away for school.

Alicia Loves Shoes

Hi! My name is Alicia, and I’m a shoe nerd. I’ve collected shoes for 22+ years and am still living the dream today. Each shoe has a history and memory attached to it, like a time capsule in footwear form. Where did I find it? How much of a bargain was it?  What makes this shoe special; fabric, rareness, brand, color? What was my life like when I reached for this tiny gem on the shelf?

Each shoe in my collection is lovingly stored in individual boxes labeled with my hand drawn illustrations of the top and side views for easy identification. Admittedly, I have an infant daughter, a very light sleeper, whom I try NOT to wake before I leave for work. Thus getting dressed in the dark is a viable option and easily locatable shoes are a win. And also the drawings are really pretty, definitely a second win there.

I have loved many, many shoes. My favorite shoe is a red strappy sandal, with tonal psychedelic flowers and twill bows tied at the ankles. I purchased them promptly upon collecting my last paycheck from a job I highly disliked. Every time I wear them, #1. I get compliments and #2. I relive the happiness of quitting that job.  My oldest pair are my Mom’s 1970’s shoes, with a platform red leather sole and criss cross raffia straps. The raffia is tan with tiny, delicate woven flecks of primary colors. My best Goodwill-find; floral Dr Martens straight outta the 90’s. Second best Goodwill find; baby size Dr. Martins. An especially sentimental pair are my wedding shoes. They are ballet inspired; black satin high heels, with a shaped box toe (just like en pointe shoes!) and purple satin straps criss-crossing around the foot. 100% dreamy…. just like my hubby! I danced down the aisle and we got hitched in a very-purple lavender field 11 years ago.

My storage tips: I recommend storing shoes in boxes, so they have room around them on all sides. Shoes are made with materials meant to form around your foot’s shape as you “wear them in.” This is also true of any container you store them in over periods of time.  Unfortunately storing shoes in shoe trees, piles in bottom of your closet or inside hanging plastic closet “space spacers”, will all misshape shoes over time. Also any spot that continually touches the chosen storage container will rub off a shoe’s colors or textures. Not cool! Extra nerd credit is given for stuffing the shoe with tissue paper or cloth to keep the inner shape of the shoe stable when not being worn.

Bridget Loves Chuck E. Cheese

I know a handful of folks that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s probably have vivid nightmares about creepy animatronics and a big rat mascot lumbering around after terrified children. That, however, is not me. I absolute adore anything and everything Chuck E. Cheese and Showbiz Pizza related. Look, I know it might seem strange but there are a lot of people out there not scared off by the animatronics. Heck, I’m fascinated by them.

That’s why I’m ecstatic that this year is the 40th anniversary of the lovable rodent and all his friends. Nothing excites me more than going into a Chuck E. Cheese with all the animatronics working and performing (I’ll even admit to having a teary eye every now and then because of it). There’s just something about the fact that we, as humans, have this incredible gift to design robots that can bring joy and happiness to people. The late 80’s were this sort of renaissance where family entertainment was being explored by different companies to see who could create the best franchise. CEC has been one of the longer standing ones aside from theme parks.

While Chuck has definitely gotten many redesigns over the years – even changing from a big rat to an accurately sized mouse – you can see how well the brand has changed over the years to cater to kids of that decade.

I think it’s amazing to find so many people all across the board, and from a large age range, that have fond memories of going to Chuck E. Cheese or even the people like me that love the animatronic family-friendly aspect of the restaurant.

SJ Loves Lord of the Rings

I’m a Tolkien geek (among other nerdy interests). My father got me into all things Middle Earth from a young age: I must have watched the animated hobbit VHS 100s of times, and reread the stories just as much. I have two LOTR related tattoos, I have all three extended edition LOTR movies, a beautiful Alan Lee illustrated hard cover edition, created lots of fan art over the years and a couple YouTube music videos. I look forward to extended edition parties (12 hours!) where I prepare dishes at the proper times as seen in the films. What I love the most about Tolkien’s world and its inhabitants is the hope and trust in community, love, and stewardship of the land. Samwise Gamgee is the true hero of this epic, and I’ll battle anyone who disagrees.

How are you a geek? Tell us below!

2016 Geek Pride Day

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Calling all geeks! The time has come yet again to celebrate our geekiness! While we do this every day, we like to call special attention to it on May 25th, Geek Pride Day. We think of geekdom as just being REALLY into something, no matter what that thing is. So, how are you a geek? Here’s how we are:

Jenica Horror Less BrightJenica

I am a horror geek in general but a horror movie geek in particular. My personal movie collection is categorized by horror and everything else (you might be surprised at which collection is bigger). I can rattle off the differences between the 1978 and 2004 versions of Dawn Of The Dead. I still think Brian DiPalma’s split screen usage to depict two different things happening at the same time in 1976’s Carrie was brilliant.  I get excited when a classic piece of literature gets horror infused for a new generation like Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. I also totally geeked out when I met Oliver Robins, the actor who played Robbie in 1982’s Poltergeist and my friend scored his signed script from the movie.  A weekend spent at a horror convention or watching the latest horror movie always sounds like a good time to me!

Melissa RocksMelissa

I have loved fossils ever since I first watched Jurassic Park as a kid, however it wasn’t until last summer during a road trip in Arizona that I discovered amateur paleontology as a hobby. There is a sense of adventure and excitement in discovering remnants of past life that existed millions of years ago. I mostly dig for and collect marine invertebrate fossils such as brachiopods, gastropods, and crinoids. The oldest fossils in my collection are 300 million years old! It’s amazing that we have access to them to continue learning how life on our planet evolved and what life used to be like!

Eli RasslinEli

I grew up watching wrestling, I think my dad may have shown it to me first, but I quickly got more into it than he was.  We didn’t have cable, so aside from whatever I could rent from the video store, I got most of my wrestling from the WWF magazines I could rent from the library.  Once we got cable, my dad and I would watch every Monday switching between WWE and WCW.  When in college I bonded with some of my best friends over wrestling, and we would watch it every Monday too and occasionally go into together on PPV’s.  Nowadays I don’t watch weekly, but I occasionally teach “Wrestling 101” to friends who haven’t watched wrestling before, or haven’t in quite some time. As most wrestling fans do, I’ve quit watching occasionally, but the thing I’ve noticed is that every time you come back to wrestling, you love it a little more. 

All-Time Favorite Wrestlers: William Regal, Vader, Macho Man, Kurt Angle. Bobby Heenan.

Favorite Current Wrestlers: Bray Wyatt, Kenny Omega, American Alpha.

Favorite Matchs: Shawn Michaels v Undertaker WrestleMania 25. Triple H v Shelton Benjamin RAW 3/29/04. Royal Rumble 92.

SJSJ

Why I Am a Star Trek Geek, by Sarah Jean Charniak. May 24, 2016. 

I am a Star Trek Geek because I am a hopeful person. Space travel and phaser fights are cool, but the really cool thing about Star Trek is how it frames modern social issues in a digestible way, by using “aliens” to represent different points of views and problems. I also like the replicators and the idea of a post-scarcity economy, where we work at jobs that contribute in some way to society and the universe, and not just to make money to pay bills. My favorite captain is Janeway, but the best captain is Sisko. Picard and Kirk are cool, but Janeway is addicted to coffee like me and a bad-ass lady who is probably the most relatable and human of the captains. Archer is the worst captain. My favorite alien race is the Andorian race (I was an Andorian in our company halloween contest last year). I like them because they are aggressive like the Klingons, but not stupidly and absurdly aggressive and obsessed with honor. They’re also fiercely loyal, strategic, and they have blue skin and white hair, which just looks really cool. I can talk about Star Trek all day, but I should probably stop.

JayJay Records

An obsessed record-collecting Geek…………

All shapes and sizes, any color, tens of thousands line the walls and are stacked on the floor at home. They are starting to pile up in my office at work, SockItToMeRecordtoo!

I love to collect LPs, 10”s, 45’s, 8-Tracks, Cassettes, CDs and any other recorded music that can be played on a stereo……Music, music, music…..More, more, more…..

Right now I’m geeking out on collecting anything with the title SOCK IT TO ME in it – so that next time we have an event here at the office, I can DJ all of those and have a crazy dance party. The genre doesn’t even matter – and that’s the fun of it! Soul, Rock, Jazz, Polka, Go-Go, Punk…..”C’mon Baby, Sock It To Me!”

Ira Monster RoarIra

Hi, I’m Ira. I’m a monster. Rawr!