I geek out over a number of things...and I am completely unapologetic about it. Some things my girfriend nurtures, and others, well...her eyes roll a lot.
1: Power Rangers! I love the show, and I've caught nearly every series since it started.
2: Super Sentai - think Japanese Power Rangers, only, the footage from Sentai is adapted for the PR shows.
3: Retail history - I love going for drives with Michelle, and asking questions about where what was before where what is. Does that make sense? I loved driving though my home town and showing her old memories and where stores long forgotten have disappeared to.
4: Energy Drinks - Everytime a new one comes out, I gotta try it...though, I'm starting to cut down on those.
5: NASCAR - especially the movement of drivers and their sponsors. I get a kick out of that stuff.
6: Oldschool video games, and comparions thereof. I miss the days of games being released on both the SNES and Genesis, playing and comparing them.
Buffalo Wings. It started as more of an inside joke than anything which culminated in wearing a blindfold to Hooters to prove two points; it didn't matter what the waitress looked like AND I could knock back a platter of 20 wings blindfolded (which was just as easy as it sounded). Nowadays I tend to stay away from eating a lot of fried stuff, but every once and a while, maybe 3 times a year at best, I'll treat myself to some wings and onion rings, and everybody can tell by my mood I've eaten them.
Video Game, Comic Book, and Movie news too. I often catch myself saying 'oh hey didja hear...' then following up with one of those three topics. Though nothing gets me going like a trip to BW3, Hooters, or Wings To Go.
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.
Star Wars. Duh. I think there's a rule about people within 5-10 years of my age who are the least bit into sci-fi have to geek out over Star Wars. I particularly geek out over the Clone Wars animated stuff, because it seems far better than the tripe fed to us in the prequels.
Flashlights. I have a bunch of them all over the house, in the car, at work, one in my pocket and one on my key ring. I care about stuff like lumen output, electronic output regulation, LED conversions and battery run time. I think it's because a little voice in my head says that they're so close to inventing a lightsaber, and I want to be there when they announce it.
Bad movies. Specifically, bad movies about dancing, but pretty much any bad movie will do. You Got Served, Stomp the Yard, Drumline, Honey, etc. I hate them and love them at the same time. They're terrifically awful. And it's quite amazing what can constitute a bad movie. Jessica Alba shaking her ass for 45 minutes of Honey? Turns out, not enough to save that turd. Plus, after you watch a bad movie, it makes the good stuff seem better.
Watches. I have some decent watches, but nothing super awesome or too expensive. Not that I don't want the expensive stuff. My wish list is detailed, long and totals in the neighborhood of $10,000. That's nothing compared to the true watch geeks though. I'm a geek because I recognized a Sinn UX on a guy's wrist. He was a true geek though, because that was his "work" watch. His fancy stuff made my Steinhart look like a Wal-Mart Timex.
-Mets products. I didn't used to be so eager to buy so many different items from the team. But over the last 2 years especially, I've build a collection that now numbers at least 4 sweaters, 4 jerseys, 8 caps, 10 pennants, at least a dozen t-shirts, and 20 collectible pins, along with a assortment of other items.
-Samurai movies. Especially collaborations with Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune. Loved the Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and especially the Samurai Triolgy of Musashi Miyamoto. Unfortunately, the asses at Best Buy and other retailers don't bother with foreign movies for the most part, so it's a bit difficult for me to get the movies unless I buy over the internet.
-Maps. It started out innocently enough, with my dad getting a map of the US when I was 10 so that I could learn the 50 state capitals. Then I just got addicted to them once we got a National Geographic subscription and I wanted to learn more about geography and history. I now have 6 boxes+ worth of maps, probably a total of at least 400-500. I also collect Rand McNally Road Atlases; I have about 50-60 of those.
I also used to geek out over baseball cards, but I've stopped collecting for the most part. I still have about close to 5,000, but considering they're mostly of the late 80's Topps/Score/Upper Deck variety, they aren't worth much these days.
Movies, but not those boring Oscar-winning types. More like fun, awesome blockbusters, and especially superhero movies. I visit firstshowing.net every few days and see if anything good's been posted.
Books, usually of the same genre as the movies I enjoy. But, I don't ever buy new books. I use the public libraries, and paperbackswap.com.
MMA, which I guess has replaced pro-wrestling as the "sport" I follow. I was never interested in team sports, as I was a runner and wrestler back in school. Running is not fun to watch, and amateur wrestling used to be near impossible to watch, so I got hooked on pro-wrestling at an early age. Sometime around 2005/6 it started to bore the crap out of me, plus I ceased having cable TV, so MMA took over. I read mmajunkie.com, listen to some of the Sherdog podcasts, and catch pretty much every big show at various bars. I only have a few friends who are into MMA, but I've since started training BJJ and muay thai, and am enjoying being able to talk about fights with the folks there.
Food is a big one. As I mentioned in the milk thread yesterday, my wife and I are really into nutrition and are always experimenting with all kinds of wacky grains, vegetables, fruits, etc. We're members of both a vegetable and a meat CSA. Seriouseats.com and 101cookbooks.com are my favorite food sites.
I used to be really into console-style RPGs (think SNES), but haven't had the time to invest in games for a couple years now. For anybody who's interested, there are a lot of good freeware games out there you can play on your PC. Check the console RPG section on download.com to start with. I have plenty of other bookmarks for any interested parties.
Lloyd: When I met Mary, I got that old fashioned romantic feeling, where I'd do anything to bone her. Harry: That's a special feeling.
Originally posted by supersalvadoranI geek out over: -Maps. It started out innocently enough, with my dad getting a map of the US when I was 10 so that I could learn the 50 state capitals. Then I just got addicted to them once we got a National Geographic subscription and I wanted to learn more about geography and history. I now have 6 boxes+ worth of maps, probably a total of at least 400-500. I also collect Rand McNally Road Atlases; I have about 50-60 of those.
YES!! Me too! Google Earth is my friend. For some really odd reason, I'm fascinated by streets and urban development; how streets go the way they go, and where they end up.
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We have "pigs in a blanket" most years for the Rose Parade, a seeming tradition in our family (my fault for having a girl, I believe). The parade is on as I type and the Pigs in a blanket are in the oven making me salivate.