Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with someone who saw a picture of me (yes; the above picture). Apparently referring to my dance pose in the picture, she said, “This your photo ehn! That is, ehn!“, and then followed that up with this: “It’s really impressive and expressive for a geek“.
That comment was food for thought. Before now, I wouldn’t have had an issue with being called a geek. But because of the context, I was compelled to rethink things.
I know why that comment was passed.
You see, a geek is a person who is given to scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept. He/she is person with a devotion to something (in this case technology) in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream.
I don’t think that describes me. The above picture suggests that I may not exactly be socially inept or living outside of the mainstream.
I am given to dance like most people are not. It is something that I inherited from my mom. Put mom and I on a dance floor and in some minutes, chances are that we will dominate things and become the centre of attention in that hall. We are an unbelievable combination.
My personal music collection has all genres represented – Classical, Pop, Afro, Rock, Country, R&B, RocknRoll, Dance, Jazz, Rap, among others.
Not only do I enjoy good music, I also sing both privately and in small meetings. I have a very good voice, though I have never belonged to a choir or band. Oh, and I rap too 😉 .
I am also self-taught in a few musical instruments – the recorder, flute, and drums. In addition, I have also done a few compositions over the years.
Movies, Dressing & People
Speaking of movies, if both SilverBird and Ozone cinemas in Lagos tracked faithfuls, you would certainly find my name on their records. I usually don’t go alone too, as I think going to the cinema alone is so, so uninteresting.
While I am not a fashionista, I appreciate good dressing and pay attention to my appearance. I don’t do brands, but i certainly dress good.
I really am a people person and often become the life of a social gathering. Looking back at my history, it is clear that most people who have met me enjoy being around me or having me around.
My upbringing makes it difficult for me to treat ladies shabbily or snub those on the lower rungs of society.
Raised to treat the female gender with respect, I am something of an old-school chivalrous man. As such, ladies tend to be comfortable around me too. I remember my wife mentioning that one of the first things she observed about me 17 years ago was how I treated every lady as if they were special. Of course, I think they all are.
I am also at home hanging out with friends at Villa Medici on the island as I am sharing boiled corn and coconut with a friend who sells mobile airtime under an umbrella stand by the roadside.
In the light of all this, perhaps it is time to stop kidding myself that I am a geek.
Yes; I love my mobiles. I have some technical skills, including website and hosting management, as well as website and mobile web design. But do just those make me a geek in the light of all the other things that I am good at, and most of them being social in orientation?
Yesterday, when I responded that I wasn’t a geek, Spacyzuma cried out, “WHAT!!! He’s denying us o! D geekverse must hear this!”
Now, the geekverse knows.
Mobiles That Meet My Social Needs
My mobiles must enhance my basket of social activities as listed above or I am not interested much.
Perhaps, this is why I am not so crazy about all the processor and RAM specs that manufacturers tout. I am not crazy about having the latest and most powerful smartphone.
I just want a phone that meets my social needs – a mobile with: good call quality and messaging to keep in touch with people, good battery life, a camera that shoots great pictures and records great videos of those special social moments, great audio and video playback, and if possible an FM Transmitter, so I can listen to my music tracks on my car FM Stereo speakers when I am on the road.
Perhaps that is why one year and 12 mobiles after, I am still a sucker for the venerable Nokia N8. It handles all the above needs extremely well.
No sirs, I cannot be a geek. I am just an ordinary guy who loves technology not for the sake of itself, but who is in tune with mainstream social engagement. I want mobiles that fit into my social stream. The operative word is “my”.
Perhaps some of you who have been claiming to be geeks too need to re-evaluate. Perhaps you are not geeks either after all.
Do have a great weekend, and comments welcome, of course!