Geek is the new black

There’s no point pretending any more. While at one stage it may have been seen as a devoted wife simply taking a polite interest in her husband’s hobbies, events have moved us beyond that point. It’s time to face the fact that I’m married to a geek.

It probably started with Buffy. Like most gateway drugs Buffy the Vampire Slayer seemed innocent enough, it was just an entertaining TV show that just happened to include a teenage girl with super powers and vampires. But she couldn’t stop at Buffy, she had to follow the spin off Angel as well. Then the next thing you know she’s watching Firefly, and quoting the catch phrases.

After Buffy got cancelled Joss Whedon decided to continue the story as a comic book. Mrsdave has a standing order for every issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to be more precise, Mrsdave has a standing order for two copies of every issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one with the standard cover, one with the alternative cover art. In addition to this, naturally, Mrsdave also has a few of Joss’s other graphic novels like Fray and Tales of the Vampire.

Last year bought another shock, the release of Grand Theft Auto 4 bought about the overwhelming desire to buy an Xbox 360, but   I found myself having to fight with Mrsdave over whose turn it was to drive around the city and shoot people. This was a type of tension that I hadn’t had to deal with before and it only got worse. Once I got a copy of Battlefield: Bad Company, a military themed first person shooter, the fights became so frequent that we had to purchase a second Xbox 360 and a second Xbox Live account.

Now Mrsdave uses terms like pwned and noob in everyday conversation, she gets all of the jokes in Penny Arcade and The Guild and she begins to hyperventilate if our internet connection goes off-line.

However, the past few weeks have blown away everything that came before.

Mrsdave has always liked board games, from the traditional games like Scrabble, Pictionary and Cluedo to more contemporary titles like Settlers of Catan, Powergrid and Elesund, but nothing could have prepared me for the enthusiasm with which Mrsdave has embraced the latest edition of the classic role playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Yep, give the girl a d20 and she’s off smiting kobolds before you can say ‘roll for initiative’.

I guess there’s no point denying it any longer, she’s a role playing, comic book reading, x-box pwning, geek. All I can say is

“Grrr. Argghh”

Mrsdave engaged in 21st century parenting on TwitPic

10 thoughts on “Geek is the new black

  1. That’s a whole world I never knew existed …

    As I see it Dave, you have three options:
    1. You can ignore it,
    2. You can fight it,
    3. or you can join in the fun.

    What are the potential outcomes of these options?

  2. you say geek like it is a bad thing
    On the contrary, Cosmic Jester, it’s amazing having a geek wife. Need a new router? Make sure you get one that improves our Xbox latency. Want some D&D modules or accessories? Get an extra set of dice while you’re at it.

    I never have to explain the necessity if buying Microsoft Points, new games or expansion packs. Mrsdave makes sure that whenever there’s a new Firefly comic, there’s a copy pre-ordered for me.

    I think I may have reached geek nirvana.

  3. Btw, it’s off-topic but I couldn’t help but notice your Twitter comment (which for some reason you also put in your sidebar!):

    On the way to Wagga for a 3rd birthday party and later a 21st. Sublime to the ridiculous

    I would think the two are pretty similar except lemonade is substituted for alcopops & beer.

  4. Honestly, sounds ideal … though if she’s using terms like pwned and n00b, I am left to wonder … I mean, my god, she didn’t try and teabag you, did she?! That could be scaring.

  5. This is cute. I think I can relate to her! 🙂 Hopefully my SO doesn’t take a similar route and start blogging about me. Oh man.

    Thanks for the link to The Guild. I watched a little of it a while ago and lost the link for a long time!

  6. What’s wrong with geek chicks? I once did a questionnaire to see if I was a geek and got bonus points for being a chick. Of course, the result was inevitable.

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