Dude, Really - Spend Some Time With a Real Girl

Thursday, January 22, 2009
So the Smartin' Man and I went to see a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan last night at one of our local theaters (The Continental, for you local readers).

I enjoyed seeing the movie on the big screen again, and of course, the experience was somewhat bittersweet, what with Mr. Montalbán passing away this week. I think of Khan as his signature role, and really, the guy could read the phone book and I'd be happy.

Of course, the screening brought out the nerds (including the Smartin' Man and myself). There was only one Star Trek uniform that we saw, but the percentage of undatables in that theater was rather high.

Like the guys sitting behind us. They were both in their thirties. The younger one was giggling like a schoolgirl (literally), and the other kept talking about a "tentative date" he had for some upcoming nerd event. They seriously, seriously, needed to spend some time with real, live girls. Not on-line girls, not WoW girls - live, breathing, girls, who weren't being paid to be there, who might take them under their wings and teach them the art of conversation.

Wow.

12 comments:

mattw said...

I'm sorry Janiece, but on behalf of nerdy men everywhere, sometimes real girls (my wife included) can just be too damn intimidating.

Shawn Powers said...

[comment not left due to commenter chickening out on a chick's blog]

;)

John the Scientist said...

Now you see why I sometimes see writing science fiction as a misery market? :p

Science Fiction - the Wild Irish Rose of literature. :D

Chris said...

That's just sad.

Random Michelle K said...

I try to help the ones that are my friends, cuz sometimes being a geek girl is just like being one of the guys.

It also means having a high tolerance for stupid comments, "How come you always wear baggy clothes? I can't tell you have breasts when you dress like that."

But with some guys, there's just no hope. ;)

Nathan said...

I really wanted to come up with some funny answer for this, but I've got tears rolling down my cheeks re-reading Michelle's "stupid comment".

I wanna know how many people read that and ask, "Yeah?, so what's the answer?" I'm dying here!

P.S. If any of you haven't watched, "The Big Bang Theory" yet, it's the best Geek secret pleasure you're liable to find right now.

Random Michelle K said...

Nathan, I've actually been asked that before.

I think I told him that when I wore form fitting shirts he never heard a damned word I was saying to him.

vince said...

Michelle, that wouldn't surprise me - straight me tend to have fixations, ya know? But I think a better answer is baggy clothes are comfortable clothes and no geek worth their salt really gives a damn what other people think about their clothing sense.

And yeah, real girls can be intimidating, but the best realize it, and can be very helpful if the guy isn't a complete jerk and/or complete idiot. I doth speak from experience (not that I'm not occasionally a jerk or stupid).

And Shawn - buck-buck-bacaw!

Random Michelle K said...

Vince, trust me, this guy needed the correct and true answer. After all, he is a friend. :)

Jeri said...

I spend much of my professional life with extremely nerdy men. Coming across the occasional guy who possesses both social skills and a sense of humor is often a shock to the system!

And then there's my nerdy younger son, but we work really hard at making him marginally datable. (hygiene, grooming, opening doors, saying please & thank you)

Tania said...

I do what I can, when and where I can.

At least these days I don't have to work hard to convince them that Penthouse Letters is fiction. Sigh...

vince said...

At least these days I don't have to work hard to convince them that Penthouse Letters is fiction. Sigh...

You - you mean they're not true?

First the tooth fairy, then the Easter Bunny, then Santa Claus, now Penthouse Letters.

Sob!