The Evolution Of My Geekdom: Fishy Edition

Hello there. It’s Goldfish. I seem to have taken a wrong turn and ended up on 33 Grams Of Fish. That’s not a very big fish. A 33 gram fish would be just over an ounce. That’s a pretty tiny fish. Better throw it back.

Anyway, what am I doing here again? Oh, right. As winner of the FOG Mad Lib Challenge Part 2, I owe Revis a guest post. And since I’m not very creative, I’ve balls-out stolen Revis’ series, The Evolution Of My Geekdom for myself. Ta-da!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away called Detroit, I was a little girl. Unlike some little girls, I wasn’t very girlie. I didn’t own anything that was pink. I was a tomboy. I climbed trees, rode bikes and made mud pies. I was a tomboy in a house full of women. The only male was my dad. The rest of the females were not tomboys.

I remember fishing with my dad. The rule in my house was you clean what you catch. My sister always threw her fish back. I cleaned mine. I remember chasing my sister around the yard with a beating fish heart in my hand. Did you know that fish hearts beat for a little while all on their own? I thought it was neat and the fact that it made my sister run around screaming was just an added benefit.

I wanted to see a little-known movie called Star Wars, the greatest movie that ever existed in the history of things that could ever possibly exist, in the worst way. My mother was against it. Space aliens and fish hearts and ick. No. I’m not taking you and that’s final. I begged my dad. He finally agreed.

It went something like this: POW! We watched it twice. My dad begrudgingly paid for three more tickets and we sat through two showings right in a row. My life changed on that day forever. I had never seen experienced anything like it. My sister and I finally agreed on something, and even though he couldn’t get a word in edgewise over our squeaky enthusiasm, our dad liked it, too. He took us to see the rest of the trilogy.

Of course, we had to have all the toys. Mom was still dead set on her opinion to hate everything Star Wars and refused to buy us any merch. Booooooo. Fortunately, we had grandparents and other relatives! We had most of the small action figures and some of the 12″ action figures. My sister had Luke, Leia, the Jawa and C-3PO. I had Darth Vader, Chewbacca, the Stormtrooper and R2-D2. Radical!


One year for Christmas, our aunt and uncle bought us the Millennium Falcon, our absolute pride and joy. We didn’t have it long. My mom was so angry with her brother for buying it for us that she gave it away. It wasn’t until many years later, when both my sister and I were adults, that she apologized for that. She actually watched the movies and said they weren’t half bad. If only she had done that when we were kids.

From there, my geekdom branched out into comic books and video games. We had a Radio Shack TRS-80. My mom got it for us under the delusion that we would use it to do homework. Silly, hew-mon. Mostly, we just played video games.

Cosmic Fighter, TRS-80 Game

It’s educational!
Cosmic Fighter, TRS-80 Game

Look at those graphics! High tech, baby. I hate to think of how many cosmic fighters I shot down in my quest to save the galaxy. We used to get code magazines like 80Micro and Byte that had newsprint pages tucked inside with line after line of code. I remember spending three days typing in code from a magazine and was absolutely thrilled when, at the end of all my hard work, a clown head popped up and spun around! That’s all it did. It was a three dimensional spinning clown head. Three days work for a spinning clown head and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Then, I got distracted for a while. I thought I was too cool for Star Wars and spinning clown heads. I was a teenager. But it wasn’t long before geekery came back to me in the form of a boyfriend who played Dungeons & Dragons. “What’s that?” I innocently asked. Heh.

HELLS YES! AD&D Players Handbook, c. 1980s, TRS Games

AD&D Players Handbook, c. 1980s, TRS Games

Thusly went my Sunday nights until we broke up, and even for a little while after, until my ex-boyfriend killed me off. Then, about ten years ago, I dated another bona fide geek who spent his Sunday nights that way, too. The boys are long since gone, but I do miss the game.

Nowadays, my geekery is still alive and well. I don’t deny it like I once did when I was a teenager. I don’t care if I’m cool or not. My geekery still thrives in the comic books I read (I read Walking Dead years before it was a TV show), the video games I play (Borderlands 2, baby) and even the board games I play (my friends and I are currently hooked on Dominion), and I still have an action figure or two on my shelf.

Spider Jerusalem action figure, Transmetroplitan by Warren Ellis and Darrick Roberston, Vertigo

Spider Jerusalem action figure, Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darrick Roberston, Vertigo

I haven’t played D & D in a while, but if anyone wants to start a campaign, let me know.

24 comments on “The Evolution Of My Geekdom: Fishy Edition

  1. goldfish says:

    Reblogged this on Fish Of Gold and commented:
    Guest Bloggery for Revis @ 33 Grams Of Blog! Check it out.

  2. 1jaded1 says:

    Hi Goldy! Yay, go girl geeks.

    I lived in Detroit (6 mile and Gratiot) until I was 5. I then moved to California for 4 years. I was a tomboy as well and terrorized my sister. Star Wars was the first movie I saw in a theater. Those old computers make me laugh today.

    I think we would have had a blast if we knew each other back then.

    Go Wings! They are up 3-1 in the series. πŸ˜€

    • goldfish says:

      Small world. I grew up at 8/Ryan. Star Wars was my first theater movie, too. I wish we had known each other then. Most of my friends were boys. Come to think of it, they still mostly are. πŸ™‚

      Lets go Red Wings!

  3. Melanie says:

    I climbed trees, rode bikes, and made mud pies too. I also went fishing with my dad and cleaned my own fish. Yay tomboys! It was much more interesting that the Barbies my sister was playing with. My mom didn’t allow Star Wars either. Nor comic books. She was way too Catholic in those days. Not so much any more, thankfully.

  4. dhonour says:

    No Star Wars or Barbie? Man your mom was a tough cookie for the (I’m guessing late 70s/80s). She’d fit right in today. I have 2 boys who are Star Wars FREAKS. To the point where I recently dressed up as Princess Leia for the little one’s birthday party. And write about Star Wars in my blog. A lot. Like, really a lot. I’m glad you’ve embraced your inner techno-geek. In case you fancy a trip down memory lane:

    • goldfish says:

      My mom was the toughest cookie there ever was. She meant well though and she did give on some things, just not Barbie or Star Wars. Yay for geeks!

  5. twindaddy says:

    GOLDY!! I didn’t know you were a geek! Yay!

  6. […] this picture proves that I’m a liar. Just yesterday, in my guest post on 33 Grams Of Blog, I said I didn’t own any pink clothing. Well, there I am in pink […]

  7. I say if you’re going to have a fish around, it’s better if it’s geeky.

  8. Being a geek is getting more and more cool as time passes. Who knew? πŸ˜‰

    • goldfish says:

      That’s true. Who would have thought? πŸ™‚

      • Not me! But in high school, in 6th form, in our common room the people with the highest level of perceived popularity were the ones sat next to the stereo. The perceived level of popularity went down as you went across the room. Then there was a gap, and then there was me & my friends. We were so proud of that gap. We liked being the renegades, the outcasts. I’m not sure we’d actually want to be the popular kids!

  9. djmatticus says:

    It’s been years since I’ve gone campaigning in a D&D game… I’d be tempted to pick up the dice again if we could work out timing and the other logistics.

  10. […] now you know allΒ about my geekdom (and Goldfish’s). What’s in your […]

  11. […] (unless you count the few that my brother posted), which was done by the beautiful, magnificent, incredible Goldfish (she loves it when I compliment her. Tune into the comment section below to see her threaten my […]

Revis "......."

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s