In pop culture, there's a stereotype about high
school guys who wear plastic pocket protectors, thick black glasses
(taped together) and who have marginal social skills. That was me,
I've learned a little since then, maybe I've acquired a few clues regarding people.
For sure, I'm a recovering nerd and will always be. I still take things
a little too literally and am something of an innocent regarding people,
and do get taken advantage of.
That's frequently good, since it means, like
my nerd brethren, I'm more motivated by challenge and tech fun, and
by the possibility that I might just be changing the world. As a member
of our tribe, I don't mind making money but it's far from a big deal.
Also, I just don't understand hate, don't know how to do it.
I remember what it feels like to be left out,
and even now feel like an outsider. I'll go to events like fancy fundraisers,
and wonder "What am I doing here?".
I guess I'll always feel a little left out, and I try to remember that,
which is one reason why craigslist
tries to hard to be inclusive.
These are characteristics of my tribe, the inhabitants of Nerdistan, and no
matter what's your ethinicity, religion, or whatever, if you're a nerd,
you're one of us.