Bring on the Geeks

I’m a geek-lover.  Always have been.

Growing up, most of my friends were attracted to rock stars or big, muscly guys.  But I thought rock stars were usually too stringy looking (with the gross long hair), and muscly guys seemed too into sports for my tastes.  No, I had a fondness for the quiet, unassuming guy in the corner reading a book or shyly watching the action around him.  I don’t quite go to the level of Robert Carradine in Revenge of the Nerds, but Anthony Edwards’ character in that same movie?  In a heartbeat!

The 80’s were where geeks began to be celebrated.  They were still picked on, but usually wound up winning in the end.  And you can see a softening in how they were portrayed, in comparison to earlier decades.  They no longer wore the thick glasses or pocket protectors, but still had their own style, like Ducky from Pretty In Pink.  Andrew McCarthy’s characters always seemed to have really good fashion sense, but still exuded a cute nerdiness.  And Eric Stoltz as Keith from Some Kind of Wonderful dressed in the everyman outfit of jeans and t-shirt, but had the heart and soul of an artist.  YUM!

It’s been my experience that “nerds” are usually the most interesting, well-read, and artistic people out there.  We’re quirky, unique, and generally see things that others don’t, because we look at life from unusual angles.  Yes, I wholeheartedly include myself in the general term of “geeks,” and it’s one of the few labels that I wear proudly.

In men, being a geek also often means there’s a sensitivity not obviously apparent in others of their gender.  I’m not saying that jocks can’t be emotional, but typically they tend to buy into the belief that showing emotion is a “sissy” or “wussy” thing to do.

The biggest turn on about a geek for me is their intelligence.  I’ve yet to meet one who isn’t whip-smart.  They can talk about nearly any subject, and when you find the right one, it’s amazing to see how passionate they become about the topic.  I’ve learned so many things from those impassioned discussions.

Keeping with the movie star theme, there are quite a few actors that – if you look only at their physical features – don’t seem all that attractive.  But if you delve a little deeper into who they are and what they do in their spare time, they’re some of the sexiest actors out there, in my opinion.  The men that come to mind in this category are David Strathairn, Viggo Mortensen, and Aidan Quinn.  These are guys you just KNOW would have lots of interesting stories to tell, and not just because they’re actors.  David went to clown college, for crying out loud . . . how can that NOT be interesting?

There have been a few “bad boy” actors, like Colin Farrell, or action stars, like Pierce Brosnan, who have piqued my interest along the way, but they’re Irish; being from a foreign country almost guarantees “interesting” in my book.  Besides, I’m guessing Pierce was a geek when he was younger.  He just grew into “cool.”

Which is what normally happens, if you give it time.  Much like the young Barbara Streisand and her nose, many geeks are just in that “awkward” phase, waiting to grow into themselves.  All that’s needed is a few years of life to polish them into the gem that’s hidden underneath the multiple layers of carbon.

Craig was one of these “geeks” back in high school, so it’s no wonder that I found him so attractive.  He had a bowl cut – which I still think looked cute on him – and had glasses, too (which he says were held together by tape once or twice in his life).  But he was an artist, could walk on his hands, juggle and ride a unicycle, AND he had just as many movie quotes running around his head as I did.  Nowadays, he’s still a great artist, still juggles and now rides a motorcycle.  He’s got just as many movie quotes in his head as he ever did, and can be emotional enough to enjoy a chick flick, but still enjoys getting together with the guys to watch football or baseball.  YUM!

What about you?  Do you love geeks as much as I do?  If so, share some of the geek love here.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cminichino
    May 25, 2012 @ 08:47:34

    Aren’t we lucky, Alyx! I, too, have an amazing geek husband who lines up his pencils but has the quickest, most wicked sense of humor, and is the smartest person I know. AND he watches Hallmark while I’m in the other room with Dexter. The perfect balance.

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  2. Maddy
    May 25, 2012 @ 09:02:48

    I certainly do too, even though today someone asked me why I have gills? – the reminder that my brain is getting older as well as my face and the wrinkles…..

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  3. Dana Fredsti
    May 25, 2012 @ 09:03:02

    Geeks are not only sexier because of their humor and intelligence, but the ones I know also age SOOO much better than the jocks… and they’re happier!

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    • Alyx Morgan
      May 25, 2012 @ 09:13:07

      DEFINITELY true, Dana. They haven’t run their bodies ragged, & yes, are so much happier because they find other things more important than a beefed up body.

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  4. Craig
    May 26, 2012 @ 12:15:48

    Thank you baby. I love being a geek. I’m so glad it’s starting to become fashionable. Back in the day, (80’s) you had to choose whether you were a ‘Star Wars geek’, or a ‘Star Trek geek’. These days is cool to whip out the Vulcan salute while saying “May the Force be with you”, and people don’t care. They just roll their eyes and go on their merry way, leaving us to discuss quantum physics and it’s practical application to modern day ketchup.

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