Written by Elizabeth Smith Miller, Director of Marketing and Events, National Safe Place Network
What’s a geek to you? According to Wikipedia, “the word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit . . .” Yada yada yada . . . There it is! “A geek is an enthusiast or person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit!” So, wouldn’t that make all of us geeks? I mean, we’re all obsessed with something. In case you’re stuck on the word obsessed—To obsess about something is to “preoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually . . .” Yada yada yada. So who doesn’t have something that preoccupies our minds—continually? Now that it’s settled—we’re all geeks, and it’s time to let our geek flags fly!
Did you know there’s actually a day for geeks to unite and celebrate geekiness? This day is known as Geek Pride Day and it’s held on May 25. There are lots of ways to celebrate Geek Pride Day. For instance:
- Have a themed party.
- If it’s a movie or television show that you are interested in—plan a marathon—live tweet it if you’re really proud!
- Throw a game night—in costume.
- Join a meetup and get together with like-minded geeks.
- Share some fun photos of your obsession on social media—make sure to use the hashtag #GeekPrideDay.
Now that you’re up to speed about Geek Pride Day, take a look at what your NSPN family geeks out about.
- Laurie Jackson, President/Chief Executive Officer: “Accounting—if that is possible.”
- Tammy Hopper, Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer: “Office supplies—the dream of being organized is fantastic.”
- Shauna Brooks, Principal Investigator: “I LOVE data analysis!!!”
- April Carthorn, General Specialist: “I’m easily entertained; however, I geek out about animals in the wild, fun childhood memories, and Las Vegas partying.”
- Lindsey Collier, Human Trafficking Specialist: “Horses . . . and dogs and cats too!” I also geek out about preparing and enjoying delicious food (gluten-free of course!).”
- Zach Elmore, Operations Specialist: “I’m a sucker for time-travel books/movies. Watching Primer with someone who has never seen it before is great fun.”
- Kim Frierson, Training Specialist: “Movies, cooking, and social justice.”
- Susan Harmon, Director of Safe Place National Operations: “I geek out on old houses and buildings that have been preserved and/or repurposed. I also geek out on people saving materials out of buildings that are being torn down—as opposed to sending it all to the landfill.”
- Rachel Hurst, Development Associate: “Science fiction anything—TV shows, movies, books.”
- Hillary Ladig, Communications Coordinator: “Live music. My dad has been performing in a rock band since I was a little girl (sometimes even in my house). There’s nothing better than listening to great live music and watching the performance unfold right before my eyes.”
- Elizabeth Smith Miller, Director of Marketing and Events: “I geek out about a lot of things, but I think I geek out the most about planning and being organized. My favorite time of the year is November and December—not because of the holidays (although I like them), but mostly because it’s time to get a NEW planner for the next year!”
- Eric Tadatada, Technical Assistance Specialist: “Softball.”
Learn more about your NSPN family at https://nspn.memberclicks.net/our-team.
Feel free to leave a comment below and share what makes you a geek.