There are gleeks. I sorta fall into that category.
There are computer geeks. I SOOOO don't fall into that category. There are two IT guys at work that I single-handedly keep employed. I have nearly run out of memory on my computer (which is the third one I have had in less than two and a half years of employment there). I have files on my computer that need to be transferred to the server. But they are so big that the server would crash if they were transferred. I know it SOUNDS like I know what I'm talking about, but I don't. Because....
I am also the geek that can remember things that I am told. Unless it is important. I have about forty years of useless information stored in my cabeza. I remember that William Harvey was the first physician to accurately describe the circulation system and properties of blood (thank you college science--twenty-two years ago!). But I cannot for the life of me remember to charge my cell phone every night.
I am not a comic book geek. I just.don't.get.them.
I'm not a science geek. Even though I remember the whole "Harvey thing," I really don't care about science. The last science class I took in college was Astronomy. You're thinking, "That sounds like a cool class...looking at stars through telescopes." That's what I thought. Nope. Tons of math. I didn't get it. I dropped the class the day of the final. I probably had a 3% in the class. Definitely NOT a science geek.
I'm not a technology geek. I don't have to have the latest gadget. I've had my cell phone for over two years, even though I was eligible for an upgrade more than a year ago. I choose my phone based solely on its ability to have "Charlie's Angels" as a ring tone. And I can't remember how to use most of the 5,627 functions my phone has.
I'm not a math geek. If you were to look at my report card from 11th grade, you would think I was a math geek. I took Algebra II that year. And had a 113% in the class. But it was the second time I took the class. I thought I liked math and wanted to take it all four years of high school. I switched high schools between my sophomore and junior years and there were different math tracks. I had to retake Algebra II to take Trigonometry. So I more than aced Algebra II the second time. Not so much the first time.
I'm not a music geek. I like many genres and am not tied to only one style of music. I like music that is old and music that is new. I think that a music geek isn't so much the person who is really "into" music as much as the person who is only "into" one type of music. That's not me.
I'm a map and navigator geek. I love looking at maps, charting the course, being the direction-giver. I hate mapquest and other web-based navigation systems. I've been misled too many times. I do, however, like GPS. I especially like teasing the GPS lady (have you noticed they are always ladies? The ONLY ladies that men will ask for directions?). I will purposely turn the wrong way, just so the GPS lady can tell me to turn around. I like to keep her on her toes. When I was eight, I was pretty pleased that I could navigate my entire family, including grandparents and uncle, from our house in North Little Rock, Arkansas, to the Arkansas Territorial Capital--eight miles away (it SOOO seemed further)--a couple of months after attending the museum on a school field trip. Yep. I'm.that.good.
I'm a grammar geek. But don't get me wrong...I'm no professional. I'm merely an amateur grammar geek. I do it for fun. At work, I'm required to write legal reports. I try my best to be a grammar geek, but I truly leave it to the professionals. Seriously. We have editors whose sole job is to read reports from me and my co-workers to ensure we have used grammar correctly. And so, as an amateur, semi-professional grammar geek, I.love.this: