Once a nerd, always a nerd. My middle and high school years were spent dressed in camouflage and memorizing the contents of the Fiend Folio. I went to Renaissance Faires, in costume, complete with chain mail I made myself. If that doesn’t make me a nerd, I don’t know what would.
In the decades since much has changed about my life. My clothes come from Nordstrom Rack as opposed to I. Goldberg. I haven’t played D&D in almost a decade (though I still have my Fiend Folio) nor can I remember the last time I shouted Huzzah! or walked around Mount Hope with a smoked turkey leg and leather mug.
But the fact is, I’m still a nerd. I just swapped memorizing facts about fictional monsters for memorizing the ABV and IBU’s of hundreds of different beers. Instead of reading countless trashy novels of Gor, I now devour the equally lurid but far longer and better written Game of Thrones. Once a nerd, always a nerd.
But every once in a while my nerd-i-verses collide. And so it was that last month I found myself immersed in the great nerd-convergence as fragments of my past mingled with the present.
Like millions of others my wife and I were looking forward to April 12th with great anticipation. If you need to ask why April 12th was significant then I fear that what I am about to share will just leave you shaking your head. But please read on nonetheless.
As the date for the premiere of Season Five of Game of Thrones drew closer we started planning how we could celebrate this momentous event in the style it deserved.
And so it was that my many nerdy facets starting coming together. The fact that I am now a beer nerd came in handy. I went to the cellar and broke out my collection of all five (to date) GOT themed beers from Ommegang. My wife did her part by breaking out her GOT cookbook- a Feast of Ice and Fire. And Ren Faire background kicked in by providing chain mail, a shield and sword to decorate the table.
The end result was either totally awesome or kind of sad (though how anyone could fail to be impressed by bacon lattice topped beef pie is beyond me). It all depends on whether or not you are a nerd. Because no matter how much your tastes may change over the years the fact remains: once a nerd, always a nerd. And you know what, I’m just fine with that.