Are you lucky to enough to be engaged or married to a Geek? I was – 26 years ago May 21st.
It was the happiest day of my life, because when I was a newly-minted Star Wars fan back in 1977, the boy fans around me were zit-ridden and not interested in me. Sure, they were fans, but we were all too young to seriously think about settling down yet. I mean, c’mon, I was 14 when the bloody thing came out!
Luckily, Geek attracts Geek, and so when my wonderful AFOL Husband, Dennis Amador Cherry, wandered into my roommate’s home to scout out my friend Glen’s place for a shoot for his USC Cinema Television project, I looked out the window and saw his Ford Pinto. It was painted up like the the U.S.S. Enterprise and had the license plate, “ENPRISE”.
It would have been better if he had worn a geek T-Shirt, but this was 26 years ago and they were still scarce in those days. He took being on location very seriously, sporting a tie and jacket – a little worrying back then, but I soon had him out of his clothes…
…er I MEAN, he came to our first date more appropriately attired. We hit Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor and caught the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I was the LOUDEST heckler in the room, screaming “NAKED!” during strategic times during “Damn It, Janet.” By the time he drove me home, I was utterly mortified that I had gotten so into the movie and showed off the insanely funny new heckles I had learned watching it in Berkeley, CA (Or Bezerkely, as the locals call it).
As we said goodnight, I knew that was it, game over, man. I had cluster-f*cked up this date on an epic scale…and then a miracle happened.
He came back for a second date.
I tried to play it a little more low-key, exposing him to Weird Al Yankovic’s song, “Another One Rides the Bus”. I was on the floor laughing – making a fool of myself, yet again, but again, it didn’t scare him off. Why? Because he had been out with the mundane – dated the Tupperware and Avon ladies and they were, in his words, “boring!”
So, he came into my life and I introduced Dennis to my new, nicer, but just as demented friends in a local Star Trek fan club. The fans came and went, but we still dated and eventually one of those Trekkies/Trekkers became a guest at our wedding and is still local, alive and a friend we see at the Gallifrey One convention every year – Jennifer Cole.
So to all the Geek Girls out there…stick with your own kind. Fans breeding with other fans will results in the best outcome: more little fans!