When Did I Realize I was a Geek?
Written by Sayed Alamy, GeekGirlCon Designer
Pretty sure I’ve been a geek as long as I can remember, but I really didn’t even know about the idea of being a geek till later on in life. I grew up in the deep South also known as Alabama with my younger (1 year 364 days younger) brother. I grew up playing with Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and various other toys setting up large battle scenes and battling out alone or with friends.
The brother and I were both gamers as we started off pretty young in the early 80’s with our first system being the Atari 2600. Yes, we had the dreaded E.T. game among other fun games that our parents already had or bought for us. Eventually we had a NES, Turbografx-16, SNES, Sega Genesis, and many more after that.
Sometime in grade school I spent a week at Space Camp which was amazing and I wish I was able to go back now as an adult. By the time I was in junior high (7-8th grade) I was hanging out with people who were into video games, comics, and other stuff. I think by the time I was in high school is when I started to identify as a geek/nerd or whatever people were calling us while we played Magic the Gathering in classrooms before classes started. Even my work in art classes showed my geeky tendencies as I did several Star Wars related projects. During college I spent free time between classes at the local arcade when I wasn’t busy working on my art and design. College is where my geek expanded into design and photography which I’m able to use in everyday life. Before moving to Seattle in 2010, I’d also gone to several cons. I once cosplayed as Leatherface at one and was made fun of by Bruce Campbell, which was awesome.
Now living in Seattle I’ve been able to meet so many other geeks that are passionate about all kinds of things. I’ve been to many events, cons, concerts that have all been geeky in different ways. It’s been awesome so far and I’m looking towards the future.
All photo credits to Sayed Alamy.