So... a couple weeks ago I attended Intervention which is a convention in Rockville, MD. This is my second year attending and the second year of the convention. I should note that this is the only convention I've ever attended - though I've been curious about Comic-Con and Dragon*Con but my major drawback is that they get so crowded and I'm nervous in crowds. (though I'm getting better)
Intervention isn't over-crowded because it is just starting out. The first year saw 500-some attendees and this year I'm told that number doubled. Quite a few of my internet friends have attended so that is a bonus. I've gotten to meet some folks that I've chatted with for years online. Very cool.
I've always considered myself a geek-wannabe. I figured I wasn't smart enough or nerdy enough to be an actual geek. I didn't think I qualified because I don't play D&D or cosplay and I don't work in technology - even though I have a computer programming degree. I just liked talking to folks who I thought fit the term "geek" and I do love science - but from the sidelines and I certainly don't have scientific knowledge to speak of. (and I didn't get good grades in science classes in school, even!) My interests are too diverse and I tend to dabble - not specialize.
Well, at one point during the convention I found myself sitting in a room listening to a panel. I was seated next to people I had never met before and I realized that I understood all the inside jokes that were being told and I could easily comprehend - and appreciate - what was being discussed. I wasn't bored or lost. In short, I fit in very nicely. I've realized at that moment that I am actually a geek - even though I don't speak Klingon. I'm not a specialist, certainly, but my geekiness isn't something that I can overlook any longer.
So... yes. I'm going to just embrace my inner-geek and the heck with people who don't understand me. There are tons out there who do! I met an entire convention full of people who get me just fine!
Seriously, though, if you live near the DC area - or close enough to drive there like I do - check out the Intervention website. There's a lot of people and topics that may interest you there - webcomics, bloggers, steampunk, cosplayers and gamers! Check out the convention next year! I know I'll be going back to Rockville again! (Despite REM's admonishment not to...)
Image of the Pacman Nebula courtesy of NASA