I am a geek. I admit it freely. It used to bother me because I thought that it meant that I was uncool, awkward, and hopelessly mired firmly in nerd-dom. But a gradual realization over the past 9 months has led me to embrace my geek-ness and understand that it is ok – its part of who I am.
First, let me define what I mean by "geek." A geek is someone who has a lot of seemingly minute or useless knowledge about a subject AND the (maddening) continued desire to learn more. They don't mind sharing information. Many are so excited about the subject (and want to make you excited about the subject) that they possess the ability to overload a listener almost into a comatose state with the amount of information/experience/anecdotes that they have on it.
Given that, I think that everyone has some type of geek in them. The technology-loving geek and the science geek are typically what comes to mind because that's what we see in the movies and on television. That leaves a lot of us out. Ever watch the Outdoors channel? Hunting geeks and fishing geeks with their own shows. Take a walk over to the pet store and you will meet at least one dog geek. How about the grocery store? Foodie geeks, hanging out by the seafood counter and looking for whole squid. Home improvement store? Hammer geeks, garden geeks, and the interior design geeks are all over the aisles.
I am a knit geek. I am a sewing geek. I am a paper geek. Or you could just lump all of that together into "craft geek." It's ok. But if you have a few minutes, let me tell you about this fabulous pumpkin orange, angora and wool yarn I just picked up..... :-)