Second Generation Nerd

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My dad has been a computer programmer for well over twenty-five years now. I don't always realize what an effect this has had on my life, but tonight, I surveyed my room and saw that I am indeed my father's daughter.

  • I spent a good portion of this weekend lounging about in a S1 IT Solutions sweatshirt.
  • My Linux t-shirts outnumber all of my other t-shirts combined.
  • I have more Red Hat pens that I can count.
  • The ten most recently purchased books in my room are from O'Reilly, with the exception of one new Dilbert book and The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide.
  • A startling percentage of my office supplies are from HP, Red Hat, or IBM.

Thankfully, I've managed to retain some individuality. In fact, there are several things on my desk alone that I can guarantee my father does not have.

  • That titanium spork.
  • Five pairs of earrings and three headbands.
  • The leftover dinosaur stickers that weren't used to decorate my mother's birthday card.
  • Some of the most gorgeous little swirly Post-It notes ever to exist.
  • That one Post-It note that says "Elijah Wood" and is covered with heart doodles.

I'll be the first to admit, though, that the "lots of stuff on the desk" thing is directly inherited from my dad. But, seeing that I wouldn't be alive without him, I suppose I'll have to let that slide. At least I didn't get the "drive five miles under the speed limit" gene.

seven

seven

I love it! That sounds a lot like my friend Scott... lots of nerd gear.

Jwewmiah

Jwewmiah

You know, the first time I typed "Jwewmiah" it was a typo. I think I'm keeping this for commenting on your blog. heh

As 2nd gen stuff, I think my dad's interest pretty much completely passed me up. Well, all except for part of his humor. You know, the kind that aren't "Dad Jokes." Although, I do know how to do a "Dad Joke" if I'm ever threatened. Nature's defense I guess.

I want my kids to be art freaks like their dear young dad. I gotta meet a girl first though. Hopefully I'll still be a "dear young dad" by then.

Crap... I gotta speed this process up... heh

Edwin Allen

Edwin Allen

I myself was lucky enough to get the overly argumentative gene and the parks the car way farther away from the store than is in any way concievably necessary gene, but have not yet exhibited the listens to increasingly crappier music as I get grayer genetic tendency. Although this is a degenerative genetic trait, so I'm afraid that it may start showing up anytime now (oh my god, when did I start listening to Ryan Adams [I actually don't listen to or have any opinion of Ryan Adams, it was just the funniest name I could come up with {I'll stop now}]).
"Honey, get out the nerd repellent. I found a nerdhole in the closet that you would not believe!"

Edwin Allen

Edwin Allen

I just had to come back and acknowledge the fact that my last comment was really egotistical, and I think there was a grammatical error in the sentence that started with although. I just wanted you to know I knew. You can delete this now. Please. I really can't stop myself.
Also, I love the way you embrace so thoroughly what might be percieved by the world at large as eccentricities. It gives yr writing and style and iridescent glow that is just awesomeness. I'm an unabashed admirer of yr (for me) newly discovered blog. Okay and delete...now!

Joel

Joel

Cool :) Next question, did your dad's styles rub off on all your siblings to the same degree?

I bet your dad probably has at least *one* headband that he uses to pretend he's Geordi La Forge when no one's around. (Don't ask me how I know that.)

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

seven: My collection started because my dad would bring home either a nerdy t-shirt or nerdy office supplies when he went away on business trips. Coupled with the fact that I'm a bit of a pack rat at times, my room now has that distinctive look of Second Generation Nerd. :) I rather like it.

Jwewmiah: I am probably going to call you "J-wew" from here on out. :) I definitely want any future Skirts offspring (frightening thought!) to have a love and appreciation for art, music, culture, etc. Of course, lesson one will be "Comic Sans is the worst font ever. Do not ever use it in any design or for any publication. Let's also frown upon Times New Roman, Papyrus, and Scriptina, as those are heavily overused and not really that pretty anyway."

My dad's sense of humor is (usually) awesome, so I would wholeheartedly embrace the opportunity to use a "dad joke" once in a while. Except, zomg, not the "This is driving me insane! / That's not a drive, that's a putt!" line.

Edwin Allen: Haha! Both of your comments made me laugh, so there is no way I'm deleting either of them. I got the "parks the car way farther away from the store than is in any way conceivably necessary" gene from my mother, so I feel your pain there. At least we get some good exercise out of the whole ordeal? Maybe?

Also, I'm loving you already for coming back to acknowledge a grammatical error. That is totally something I would do. Three cheers for perfectionism and anal retentiveness!

Finally, I'm glad you appreciate my crazy, quirky lifestyle (and its effect on my writing). I've been struggling to come up with blog entries this past week, so I really needed to hear that! :)

Joel: Surprisingly, my brother escaped the nerd thing pretty much altogether. Well, that's not entirely true. He just isn't a nerd in the way that my father and I are. Adam loves video games and manga and more video games. He did pick up my father's love of Star Wars and his fear of the barber, but that's about it.

I won't be able to look at my father without thinking of him in a headband now. Haha. I think I'll have to ask him about it when he gets home from work today.

Jamie

Jamie

I sent you an email!

Joy @ Big Time Fancy

Joy @ Big Time Fancy

I think your dad and my dad should get together and rip computers apart and then put them back together again. Or go bowling. Whichever.

I grew up playing first-person shooters, and tooling around in DOS. I've never purchased a computer - they've always been built for me. And if any of them ever needed more memory, I'd just grab a stick from the "Box of Memory" in the basement. I hear you on the nerdiness, girly. :)

Jace of Fuse!

Jace of Fuse!

You spend days at a time playing Sims 2. You don't need to write blog entries like this to verify your Exceptional Nerdorkiness.

Fortunately you've got enough geek running through you to make you cool again. It's kind of like when a score reaches the max of a counter and flips back to zero. You've done flipped out the geek-o-meter so much you're like the coolest chick in the blogosphere.

Actually, I'm just writing this reply to test your "remember personal info" thingie. If it doesn't work you can turn in your geek card.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Jamie: Hurray! Waiting to hear back from a stupid person at the school to make sure classes actually will be out in time for me to make it to BlogHer. SO EXCITED!

Joy @ Big Time Fancy: My dad used to be on a bowling team, actually. Is that like a pre-req for nerdy dads?

Also, holy cow, you took the words right out of my mouth. Before I fell in love with Sims or Sims 2 or anything fancy, I was fiddling around on DOS, usually playing the oldest version of Carmen Sandiego known to mankind. We also have a bit of a computer warehouse going on here, too, so I never actually buy keyboards, mice, memory, or anything else. FINALLY, someone who understands! I could hug you right now.

Jace of Fuse!: Thanks for the geeky-is-cool pep talk of sorts, even if it was just an excuse to try out the new "remember me" checkbox. :)

Blindsquirrel

Blindsquirrel

My Dad is my hero. So, when I was a kid I used to love hearing my mom say, "You're just like your father." Then I began to realize that she was only saying that when I was doing something that got on her nerves. That's when I realized I was doomed.

Cheers to being a chip off the old block!

gRegor

gRegor

Love for Star Wars shouldn't be classified as "nerdy" or "geeky", but rather "necessary to get you through life."

J-wew. Hahaha.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Blindsquirrel: Haha, aww! That's a little sad. My mom's the same way, though; she sees my dad in me mostly when she's looking at my messy bedroom floor. Still, I'm proud to be an apple that didn't fall too far from the tree. :)

gRegor: I didn't classify it as nerdy, geeky, or dorky. I just said it's something he picked up from my dad, which is true. I'm a big Star Wars fan myself for the same reasons. Three cheers for my daddy raising us properly!

Watch out, or you're gonna be G-wew. :)

Shawn K

Shawn K

A titanium spork? No doubt about it, you are a G-E-E-K, geek. Glad to have you in the club!

Twitter @thattalldude

jake

jake

The only interests I share with my father are in music. He likes something in almost every genre and so do I. Too bad I'm the only computer nerd in the house...

Michael

Michael

I must say, you are the coolest person I have met today. (considering, of course, I haven't met anyone else, and I technically haven't even met you yet, but if I had, you still would've been the coolest, and if this isn't already a run on sentence it is now)

If you have any nerdy stuff you don't have a use for anymore, I would love to take it off your hands.