|Rembrandt - Return of the Prodigal Son - 1669|
Well today is going to be a particularly brief sermon, mainly because I've been very busy of late, but also because I've spent the weekend in Shropshire at a wedding. Ahhh, young love. Any way I've been thinking a bit recently about the fact that as sad as it seems, my Blog has rapidly become a relatively big part of my life. Good grief that makes me sound incredibly sad! I think though I'm mainly indifferent to that fact if I'm honest. But it did lead me to think a lot more clearly about my 'life'. Or perhaps more precisely whether I have a lack of one. I freely admit I'm far too much of a nerd / geek for my own good. In fact if you stand too close to me for any protracted period of time you're more than likely to contract some form of geekitis off of me. Yeah so I used to think I was a pretty normal guy, with a few geeky hobbies and tendencies, you know just an average Joe who still had a life.
However, I have be honest and say that my life probably didn't and still doesn't have that much variety in it in terms of things that entertain me. I used to say 'yeah but I read loads of different types of comic books' or my favourite 'I don't just play Games Workshop games I play other stuff too, I even play board games!' Oh yeah, I'm definitely not a geek me. I'm sure I used to counter further by explaining that I played computer games, and they're mainstream now right? Except I'm not too sure there were ever that many copies of Grandia or Panzer Dragoon Saga ever purchased. What about TV, I like TV too... yeah OK so my top ten favourite TV programs are The X-files (excluding seasons 8 and 9), Babylon 5, Prisoner, Battlestar Galactica (both), Firefly, Futurama, Flight of the Chochords, Spaced and Twin Peaks... good lord this isn't helping me any. Over the years various helpful friends and relatives have told me I need to get a life or get out more, but...
Two things have happened recently that have actually made me think about my geeky ways slightly differently. Honestly, I used to pay no attention to the naysayers who told me Space Above and Beyond sucked, and that little toy soldiers were for nerds. It appears though that many of these naysayers are now watching the same geeky programs I always did, some are also taking up other geeky things. All of a sudden geek chic is cool. Yep most of the things I've always got up to are considered cool, or at the very least OK. I'm not so sure I'm comfortable with my previously non-geeky family members and friends telling me about 'my' geeky hobbies... hang on who is the nerd here? But hey I'm happy they've all finally seen the light! Genuinely I'm not one of these people who looks on at 'trendy hipster geeks' and thinks, how dare they read Deadpool, or they're not supposed to like Firefly! It's ace that more people are enjoying these things because it means I have more people to talk to about them. So when a totally non-geeky friend started talking to me about Battlestar Galactica recently I was pleasantly surprised.
|For some reason Tricia Helfer made it OK to be a geek!|
Then there is the second thing though, I was once again called a loser and told to get a life by some randomer because I was playing with toy soldiers, well actually I wasn't. It seems that despite all of this out pouring of mass geekery I still get funny looks about the fact that I play wargames. Yep it seems there's at least still one bastion geekery that stubbornly refuses to be cool... yep... little toy soldiers are not fashionable. This is despite BBC articles, I also doubt we'll see an article in Vogue about how the wargames design ethic has influenced some tortured Brazilian couture designer! No matter what way you slice it painting little toy soldiers and then playing games with them will NEVER be cool, or acceptable to those who don't get it... and that actually is a bit of a shame. Because our hobby truly is utterly awesome, and many people miss out on it simply because it does carry a bit of a stigma. So at least I'll be able to wear that geek badge proudly of a mark of true geekery, because I'm quite happy with mt geeky life. One last thing, I wish the newlywed Mr and Mrs Kemp all the happiness in the world. Peace out!