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This has never happened to me before. My partner at work has been asking me to hook his father up with a cheap, Apple laptop. He knows I collect, and he sees all the different laptops come in and out of the station. He asked me to see if I would like to trade his fathers old computer equipment for a PowerBook that he can use to check his e-mail and write with.

I went with my partner to his parents home and I brought a Wallstreet and a Pismo with me to show them. I showed them the OS 9, OS X, and the differences between the two computers, serial ports, verses USB and FireWire, etc. Then, I noticed they had a Titanium PowerBook. They said they had been borrowing it from their daughter and they really didn't know how to use it other than to check their e-mail. Then, I had to touch it. I had never touched a Titanium before. They are nice. Very nice. Then, I had to show them a few things they didn't know about the Titanium they were borrowing from their daughter, like how to turn on the volume.

Then, out of the blue. The elderly lady, my partner's mother, called me a Nerd. She said, "You're a Nerd, aren't you."

I was suddenly without speech, without thought. Then, came the giggles, and snickers, and outright laughing. I have never, ever, been called a Nerd before. I did not take offense. Why would I? I could only hope to earn that title since I know of 11, and 14 year old Mac Geeks who could run circles around me. And, it's better than being called a "Blonde white bit#h" by some gang member with who was run down by his adversaries, or some of the other more colorful things I've been called by some of my finer clients.

Wow! I find I like 'Nerd' better than 'Blonde white bit#h.' I know a Nerd isn't quite the same as a Geek, but, hey, I'll take it. I am still laughing. I think I'll get a T'shirt.

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Comment by Wholly Mindless on November 27, 2008 at 9:03pm
Congratulations on making the leap to nerddom!
Comment by Dylan Hans on November 28, 2008 at 7:32am
i think we are getting our terminology wrong, geek = good .... nerd = badddd
Comment by Kathryn on November 28, 2008 at 1:37pm
I am still giggling over that. Probably will for a long time.
Comment by Wholly Mindless on November 28, 2008 at 6:56pm
No, geek is bad - look at the traditional definition. (Those disgusting acts tended to be things like biting the heads off of live chickens) - Give me nerd.

Although she *is* odd (as are all of us), I don't suspect that chickens are in danger around her any more than around anyone else.
Comment by Astro Chicken on November 28, 2008 at 11:17pm
I prefer nerd over geek. Nerd is a proud title. Geeks bite the heads off chickens at the sideshow.
Comment by James on November 29, 2008 at 6:18am
I've always preferred geek. I grew up during a time when movies like "Revenge of the Nerds" helped to define the term. Nerds always had a social ineptness quality about them distinguishing them from geeks.
Comment by Kathryn on November 30, 2008 at 7:50pm
Although I have never worked in an Carnival before. Hey, hold on a tick, yes I did. Well, a county fair carnival anyway. The carny in the ballon booth wanted to go get drunk or something along those lines so he turned over his booth to a friend and I for a few hours. But, I didn't bite the head off anything! I swear!
And, I have been called odd, more than once. But, I always thought it was a compliment. You mean it's not?
Wink, wink, nudge, nudge......
Comment by Wholly Mindless on November 30, 2008 at 9:14pm
(It's just too easy.)
Comment by Kathryn on December 2, 2008 at 11:53pm
OHMYGOD! ROTFLMAO!!! I just got realized that sounded really, ah, er, cheeky. I swear, that slipped right by me. I'm not THAT clever.
Comment by Wholly Mindless on December 3, 2008 at 1:01am
You looked like a comic genius until that last post.

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