Confessions From a Couple of Nerdy Girls
My name is Whitney, and I am a nerd.
My name is Andrea, and I am a nerd.
If you’re a frequent reader of our SurlyGurl blog, it will be no surprise that we are huge nerds.
Together we have done pretty much the opposite of what a sponsor is supposed to do. Instead of helping each other get over our dependency on all things nerdy we have just enabled them to grow deeper and deeper.
Now, an addiction to the world of comics and television and pop culture doesn’t just start in the middle of one’s life. No, no, it must be fostered from a young age and nurtured for years. Most of the time, this happens in secret. We could never tell our friends about our colossal crush on Commander Riker or inform our parents that we had spent our allowance on our embarrassingly large Japanese ‘Sailor Moon’ card collection.
It was a solitary existence.
However, one day, after years of friendship, we realized that we shared the same shameful past. Our love of classic 80’s movies like ‘Labrynith’ and ‘The Dark Crystal’ opened a dialogue in which we could finally confess our nerdy ways.
And from there…it just got ridiculous.
We were both fans of the popular sci-fi shows at the time including ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, ‘Angel’, ‘The X-Files’, ‘The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.’, ‘Nowhere Man’ and ‘Roswell’. As kids we loved ‘Dr. Who’, ‘Amazing Stories’, ‘The Jim Henson Hour’, ‘Star Trek: TNG’ as well as the original ‘Star Trek’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’.
With a new-found sense of acceptance we started to share our nerdy tendencies with the rest of the world only to find that our fears were correct: no one else thought the things we loved were as awesome as we did. But, at this point, it was too late.
Surprisingly, the majority of people do not appreciate an individual’s ability to recite entire passages of dialogue from ‘Star Wars’ or be able to talk for hours on end about the production value of ‘The Matrix’.
It got even worse when we realized there were actually other people like us, and that they met once a year for some sort of…convention. Any self-respecting nerd aspires to make the pilgrimage to the “Holy Land” – San Diego Comic Con! And so, in 2010 we packed our bags – complete with costumes – and headed to the Sunshine State to experience the ultimate celebration of the popular arts.
Our first real indication that we were no longer alone in our addiction was the 3-hour long line up just to pick up our entry passes. Which also should have been a warning of things to come. As amazing as Comic Con is, if you have problems waiting in line, don’t even bother!
Our carefully planned out schedule required us to stay inside the cavern that is Hall H all day Thursday. Which means we spent 10 hours sitting in small, uncomfortable metal chairs. Our perseverance was greatly rewarded by winning our way into the first ever screening of ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’, which had just finished post production. Not only did we get to watch the movie with the entire cast, but immediately afterwards we were treated to an impromptu Metric concert. As if our Canadian pride wasn’t already on overload from all the love Toronto gets in the movie, we could barely contain ourselves. And that was just day one! We had three more days to come!
The next three days included such highlights as playing classic 80’s video games in a replica of Flynn’s Arcade and then enjoying drinks in the ‘Tron’ lounge, a screening of the Will Ferrell produced ‘The Virginity Hit’*, met our reality T.V. boyfriend Josh Gates of Destination Truth fame, saw more stars than we could count at the Entertainment Weekly/Syfy red-carpet and realized there are actually people with a more severe nerd addiction than ours at the Browncoats fan panel. We also spent A LOT of money on the convention floor.
(*We later realized we had cameos in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ rip-off trailers for ‘The Virginity Hit’.)
No 12-step program can ever cure us now that we have experienced Comic Con. We went back this year, we plan on being there next year and every year to come after that. There is no way to experience it once and miss out on it after that.
And so we will concede to waving our nerd pride flags for the rest of the our lives.
Posted on October 11, 2011, in AWESOME, COMIC CON, MOVIES & FILMS, OPINION, TELEVISION and tagged Adventures of Brisco County Jr, Amazing Stories, angel, blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Commander Riker, culture, Dark Crystal, Destination Truth, Dr Who, Edgar Wright, entertainment, Entertainment Weekly, fantasy, Flynn's Arcade, hollywood, humor, humour, internet, Jim Henson Hour, Josh Gates, Labrynith, lifestyle, Metric, miscellaneous, Nerd, Nowhere Man, opinion, other, pop, reviews, Roswell, Sailor Moon, San Diego Comic Con, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Wars, Syfy, television, The Matrix, The Virginity Hit, The X Files, Tron, tv, Twilight Zone, Will Ferrell. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.