I did not see Star Wars in the theater, either. At some point - I think quite a lot later than it first came out, but I am not sure - my cousin who had seen it told me the story, in elaborate narration and with acted out fight scenes, and I was immediately hooked. I have to say that for someone in junior comprehensive school his narrating skills were quite remarkable. We also composed poems, or sagas, or whatever, about the characters and the storyline. (Yes, really. I wish I had some of those left. Not that I'd probably show them in public, ever.)

The same cousin is responsible for introducing me to the Lord of the Rings. I read his copy the book several times before I got a copy of my own. My parents bought me one for Christmas, and thinking it was a new one for me prevented me borrowing it from the said cousin, so that the present would not be spoiled for me. To this date, I have not had the heart to tell them I could have recited both the beginning and the ending word to word when they did this. (Heck, I probably still could, if I thought a little.)

--Janka, 18-Oct-2004

Well, I've been "different from others" ever since I started going to school in Canada with my still-stuttering English. I guess the first typically geeky thing I did was writing batch programs for MS-DOS 3.x. I had a 286 back when most people didn't even have a computer and if they did, it was probably an XT or a Commodore. :)

--MichaelGoetze, 18-Oct-2004

My first geek thing? I had some kind of Star Invaders curtains in my room with space ships shooting lasers and spacemen blasting with handguns. I simply wouldn't allow my mom to buy any other kind. BTW, were your fantasies about Princess Leia in glorious golden slave costume or Star Wars in general? Just wondering ;-)

--Burana, 18-Oct-2004

I saw the first Star Wars when it was hot in Finland, must have been around nine or ten at the time. Pretty geeky. But I think my geekiest period was when I was a true C64 dude. Then again, I liked Superman and E.T. too. Case closed.


--pni, 19-Oct-2004

Umm... giving a presentation on computers and programming at school around 1985 - I was a fifth grader back then and had received a book on Basic programming together with the Sinclair Spectrum. I guess I wrote the first programs around that time, even though the book was written in German...

No, wait a minute. Lured the two cute (japanese!) boys from my class (in second grade) to visit my place by telling them I've got 2 (two) electronic games (something like Snoopy Tennis and Donkey Kong).

Also, reading Desmond Morris' Naked Ape at the age of 8 and explaining the biological significance of women painting their lips and body hair to mother and a prospect-for-father - I'd say this could be considered rather geeky from the viewpoint of being true-to-the-core biologist...

--yoe, 19-Oct-2004

Burana writes - "BTW, were your fantasies about Princess Leia in glorious golden slave costume or Star Wars in general?"

Snicker... I still have flashbacks to her and that hair every time I see a sticky bun.

--Foster, 19-Oct-2004

I fear my fantasies were about rayguns, explosions and shiny spaceships. I didn't realize people had fantasies over Leia in the slave costume until I saw that particular episode of Friends, years later.

Is that sad or what?

--JanneJalkanen, 19-Oct-2004

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