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In honor of http://www.speakoutwithyourgeekout.com/ :

Hi, my name is [insert nymwars name here], and I am a geek. You can tell because I use brackets. I have been a geek for a very long time. Occasionally, just how long hits me in the face when I answer an innocuous question, such as, "oh, how long have you known [that person]?" "Yeah, we did this project together in our Sophomore year of high school in 1987, so 24 - oh fuck, am I that old?"

High school was not the best time of my life. It was not horrendous, but I cannot understand people who think it was great. I was a geek, I think the word then was nerd. I was not tall/strong enough for football, so I did stats for football. I did sports medicine for football and volleyball. I was cut from the Tennis team (bite me, I still believe it was an unfair cut) I was in the Math League. Oh, yeah. Extra math, after school, extra curricular math. I lettered in it twice. I was also co-captain of the Future Problem Solving team for two years. Two more letters.

I played D&D, AD&D, Role-Master, and D&D in space (Star Frontiers). I read books like Dune. I burned through a Vic-20, Commodore 64, and then an Apple IIc clone - the Laser 128. I purchased a 286 in my sophomore year of college and it was new. We had an Atari 2600 and then a Nintendo (Konami code FTW). I gave that Nintendo to my nephew several years ago.

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