geek vs. nerd [188/365]


unrelated, blue flowers

The other day, I made a quick run through Costco. Quick, because I was only going to pick up two items (and I did!). Since I knew exactly what I was going to buy, I didn’t need to pick up one of their carts. They look more like battleships than anything else, and without it, I  could swiftly and easily navigate through the store.

I wasn’t in any hurry or anything, so I took my time, stopping by each and every one of those little kiosks with food sampling. I have a real thing for some type of fake crab, mixed with mayo and served on little crackers. They’re always there, and if the crackers aren’t out on the tray, I could actually make another loop until the person/food sampler has put them out. I never buy it though — don’t think it would be the same thing to have it at home.

Now, the other day: There was a kiosk with hummus (which I love), a tall, young man … early twenties, I’d say …  was handing it out. Usually they are senior citizens doing this. I had a garlic cracker with some jalapeño hummus. While I was munching on that, I overheard the young man talking with his friend, standing beside him … they were discussing the difference between a nerd and a geek.

None of them knew the difference, they were just guessing and speculating, back and forth. I had so much fun listening to them, so I had another cracker with hummus, and tried to linger — I wanted to hear the end of it, which I never did. The fun part for me was, though; if you believe in stereotyping people, those two guys perfectly represented geek and nerd, by the looks of them. The guy handing out the hummus being the geek and the other one, subsequently the nerd.

Even in Costco, some fun can be had at times 😂

16 thoughts on “geek vs. nerd [188/365]

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    I’m also going to stay away from stereotyping and instead just say how much I’ve enjoyed your photo of Campanula (Cup & Saucer?) this morning… : )

    1. Rebekah M

      In Costco: no problem. Nothing in there that’s even remotely tempting. Much worse with the “purse/handbag store” downtown 🙂

      1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

        Lol, well we all have our weaknesses, hey?: )
        Going to Costco is a bit of an excursion for us, so going there happens seldom, and usually winds up being a stock up trip when we do go…

        1. Rebekah M

          We have it nearby, and we go there often, to buy smokes … that’s probably why.

          Somehow, it irks me that I have to wait in line, and show my card before I can get in there, and then wait in line and show my receipt before I can get out of the place.

  2. Mara Eastern

    Observing random people is often incredibly funny and rewarding. I’m struggling with the geek and nerd difference too, it seems to overlap in some characteristics. I find it annoying that geek is associated with people who are diehard fans of popular culture – hero TV series, comics – but also with people who are into tech things. I’m not into the former, but into the latter. And I have no clue if I qualify as a geek. I probably do qualify as a nerd, provided that we define it as a smartass.

    I’m also a huge fan of those fake crab mayo things – spreads? – I eat it with rolls as we don’t do crackers here really. Hummus I have yet to try. It looks like millet grains to me. I wonder if it tastes different. Hm. Also, good job on having two items to buy and actually buying just two items! 🙂

    1. Rebekah M

      I’d already written a comment here, and lost it, because I hit some wrong key combination. I use those a lot, and fast … like when I want to do “quotation marks”. It’s so damned easy to hit the wrong keys, and now I lost the whole comment. Anyway …

      Hummus is made of chickpeas. The jalapeño version wasn’t bad at all! Normally, I buy the Sabra brand.

      I perceive a geek as someone who really knows his stuff, in his chosen field, and is good at it. They do overlap. Then there are the “fan boys” … who are obsessed with a brand, like Apple, for example, and defend them until they’re blue in the face.

      The fake crab is (here) made from a fish called pollock. Guess they’ve done something to it to make it taste like crab or lobster. I don’t care what they did … I love it LOL. But then again … I love pretty much anything that contains mayo.

      1. Mara Eastern

        I’m probably glad that I don’t use too many shortcuts, so I usually don’t end up deleting my comment. Hm. It happens! I have a different problem when I respond to comments via the notifications icon in the WP bar – sometimes when I’m writing, suddenly the comment box disappears and I got scrolled up to the most recent notification. I wonder if it’s WP or me accidentally hitting the touchpad and doing it myself. It’s one of those things hard to explain and even harder to fix.

        Chickpeas sound okay. Jalapenos don’t. I’m not used to exotic cuisine and ingredients, I guess. I don’t care what they make the fake crab from, I can’t even say if it tastes like crab because I never had one, but I like the taste. Whatever it is.

        Fan boys into brands scare me. I consider establishing a counter-movement and fangirling for some obscure cheap brand. Like Tesco mobile.


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