Nov 102010

Geek FixLast night I went to this geek meeting. It was for audio-visual web geeks, and while its not my forte I figured I could learn something… because its not my forte.

Also a guy from one of my other regular geek meetings hosts the group and has been inviting me to go to this group for ages now. I figured I’d give it a shot.

I arrive late as usual. I planned on getting there on time, but last minute someone asked me something important online and I lost track of time.

I arrive just as this other guy is arriving. He looks ubergeeky. You know the kind that dresses all in black, because its easier than trying to match colors. You look at him and you’re pretty sure he was either drunk or high, maybe both, the night before and probably the night before that and the night before that. You’re also pretty sure if you mention any kind of computer issue that he can not only diagnose the problem, but probably also has a spare part or replacement software in his apartment.

I thought to myself.. This is going to be a good group!

Due to our impeccable timing, we walk in together. Turns out it was both of our first times in the group, which our simultaneously late arrival made it look like we arrived together. I took one look at the other people there and figured if they thought we’d arrived together it was a compliment.

First, there was a host. Honestly, I can’t say anything bad about him. He’s like a grandpa; sweet, well-meaning, and simply just excited that people showed up.

Then there was another ubergeek. Unlike the guy I walked in with, this ubergeek bore the scent of someone who still lives with his mother. I’m sure he’s a great guy, but interested I wasn’t so if he thought I was with someone it didn’t bother me.

Next was… Hmm how do I describe him? Oh yes, let me make him a name tag. “I’m newly divorced after having been married for 20 yrs, and all the life has been sucked out of me. I’m now starting a business and know nothing about what this web stuff is. Can you help me?”

There was an even later show, a girl. She talked like she was 23 and just out of college, but she had a few wrinkles that made me think she was in her 40’s. Her hair was in partial dreadlocks and partial bedhead with streaks of bright blue dye. I thought about looking for track marks, but she had on long sleeves.

Then there was the piece de resistance!  A business woman. Not an Austin business woman, which would look more like the aforementioned girl, but a serious serious business woman. She wore a suit in forest green that called for the 80’s back, and had an attitude of money grubbing.  I’d met her once before and didn’t have a good impression. This meeting though cemented her in the category of “Avoid at all costs”.

She was obviously not a geek. The entire meeting any time we’d get a good conversation going about anything geeky and interesting, she’d interrupt and start talking about business, business needs, marketing, and money.

Funny enough, as most men do with strong opinionated women, the men tried to politely assuage her concerns without actually making their point clear. I know she wasn’t getting the point because she’d then expound on her topic which most of the rest of us could care less about.

I however have no qualms about opinionated women. I grew up in a household of opinionated women, and I wasn’t about to be bulldozed or let another promising geek group be ruined. So every time she’d open her mouth, I’d politely disagree with her. It didn’t take long for the guys to side with me.

Dear business women, if you want to learn marketing, business marketing for online, online video marketing.. please go to a damn marketing meeting. There are tons of them in town. I know because I’m an attendee of most of them. But don’t you be screwing with my geek learning groups, I will hunt you down. Sincerely, Maruska

The woman had alienated the geeks of the group. I feel pretty safe in saying that she will lose this war.

On the way out, I got to talk with the geek with which I’d arrived. He gave me kudos for speaking my mind. He’s actually pretty cute, though he reminds me too much of my college years.

We talked for quite a while. Funny thing, he talked initially about comic books. He said he’d hoped this group would be more about having a few drinks, talking digital A/V and comics. He too was looking for a good geek group.

We exchanged numbers, and he wants to do coffee sometime. I could use a good geek fix. 🙂