During a recent holiday gathering with the family of your significant other, you decide to educate the youngsters playing Minecraft and Lego Batman video games on an XBox 360 by telling them about the Super Nintendo you had at their age (which you still own) as well as other old systems such as the original Nintendo and first generation Playstation.
Upon listening to your history lesson of 1990s video games, one of your grammar school-aged audience members responds, “You must have a museum of legendary old video games.”
You fail to then point out, however, that such a thought is a rather generous assessment of being a nerd in your thirties.
While visiting your cousin and her children at a local community swimming pool, you find yourself greatly distracted by the arrival of a rather buxom blonde woman in her mid 20s, who is wearing a Batman bikini.
Your fondness for the Dark Tower books has led you to promise yourself that if you ever start a company you will investigate the possibility of naming it the Tet Corporation or North Central Positronics.
You have actually said the following sentence regarding a person with whom you went on one date, then mutually decided things wouldn’t work out:
“I guess a mutual love of Batman isn’t enough to form a lasting relationship.”
For years, you have maintained that Christopher Lloyd would have made a great Mr. Freeze, which is one of the many reasons that you lament the film Batman & Robin.
In fact, the only good thing you can say about that movie is a funny memory of seeing it in a movie theater back in 1997. In the scene where Robin peals away some sort of lip wax he had secretly applied to prevent Poison Ivy’s kiss from killing him, an audience member screamed, “Bat Lips!”
More than one person has commented that you are like a character from the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, about a group of friends who are nerdy science academics. Unfortunately, a case can be made for comparison between yourself and more than one of the characters, thanks to examples not unlike the following:
Within the course of two hours, during a Christmas function in December 2011, your “go-to” conversation topics consisted of historical trivia about Theodore Roosevelt, two jokes related to quantum physics, an explanation of issues related to your seasonal allergies, a discussion of a comedy sketch you wrote for an as-yet-to-be-filmed Web-based sketch comedy project for which you were asked to collaborate, and Batman.
You turned down going to see a retrospective theatrical showing of Tim Burton’s 1989 film, Batman, because you had to get up early the next morning to attend an eight-hour library science course lecture on a Saturday. A lone, sad cry is then heard in the back of your mind as your 1989 counterpart (who saw the film in a theater with your dad as a father/ son outing) sends you a psychic message of his disapproval and perceived betrayal on your part toward the memory of your childhood.
Knowing that you are on a date, your best friend decides that it would be funny to keep texting you random images of The Joker from Batman comics every few minutes. You then have to explain to your rather intimidatingly attractive date why you keep getting text messages so often, all the while hoping that she finds it amusing rather than weird that a grown man (who had been given the nickname Joker by you a few years ago) is sending comic book images to another grown man.
This is the first in a new series of posts in which we at Nerd Odyssey share real life examples, which remind us that being nerds is part of who we are… for better or worse.
As such, here is the first way to tell that you’re a nerd.
Method 1: You are nearly 30 years old, and you are debating with another adult as to why Batman: The Animated Series was a better show than it’s inferior animated successor, The Batman.
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