Whether you call them geeks, nerds, or dorks, we’re proud to call the masters of all that is obtuse and purveyors of hopelessly inane facts and fiction our friends. From Trekkies and Sith Lords to Muggles and Team Jacob (okay, Edward too), this category is dedicated to stories about those who rise above cool — and will probably end up ruling the world!
I’m the customer in this story. I got a necklace at a Renaissance Faire not too long ago that’s essentially a tiny book on a chain, and since I work as a librarian I’ve been wearing it to work every day and I’ve gotten a LOT of compliments on it.
A couple weeks after getting it I end up going to the post office on my lunch break to send a package, and as she’s helping me the clerk compliments me on my necklace. Without thinking I reply “Thanks. I work at the library.”
The clerk gives me a weird look but says nothing, and finishes up with my package. It’s not until I’m out the door that I realize I’m NOT wearing the book necklace today, but a pendant with the Autobot symbol from Transformers on it.
I can only wonder what was going through that clerk’s head when I responded to a compliment on my “geeky” necklace with a complete non-sequitur about my job.
(I am a trainer for an internal helpdesk. We have several new employees, and one of them is currently sitting with me while I show her how to handle our calls. She is older, and has commented several times that I say the weirdest things.)
Me: “Is there anything else I can help you with?”
Caller: “Well, you’re doing really well so far, so let’s see. The meaning of life?”
Me: “Well, as far as I understand, the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42.”
Caller: “You would be surprised how many people don’t know that.”
Me: “Those people probably also don’t know where their towel is, and that’s a shame.”
Caller: *cracks up laughing*
(This takes place before the newer Star Wars movies came out (Episodes One, Two, and Three). I am cashing out customers at the front register. A man and woman come up.)
Me: “Hello. How was everything?”
Man: “It was great, young Jedi!”
Man & Woman: *chuckle*
Me: “All right… here is your change. Oh, and I’m not going to tell you to have a nice day… instead, I’m going to say…”
Me & The Man: “May the Force be with you.”
All Three: *chuckles*
Man: “Have a good day!”
(That made me smile.)
(I am working the reception desk. I am often told that I should be a radio announcer or a voice actor, because my ‘phone voice’ is so nice. I am also known as the office nerd, able to recite lines from a plethora of geeky films and shows.)
Me: “Thank you for calling [Store]. This is [My Name]. How can I help you?”
Caller: “Oh, is this a machine? Or are you a person?”
Me: “No, ma’am. I am a Nexus-series Replicant made by the Tyrell corporation. More human than human is our motto.”
(Fortunately, the caller had seen Blade Runner and got a good laugh from it. My normal coworkers rolled their eyes so hard their retinas detached.)
(My family and I are out to eat, when I seen our waiter’s name is Scotty. I am a big nerd and a fan of Star Trek.)
Waiter: “Would you like some cheese on your soup, miss?”
Me: “Cheese me up, Scotty!”
(The waiter then burst out laughing and told me I made his week.)