I am a Geek. I have been for as long as I was aware of what it means to be a Geek.
I do not advertise my Geek at work, or church, or in my neighborhood. But, I do not deny it – not any more. It took many, many years for me to feel confident enough to get to this point.
I imagine most of my old girlfriends would be surprised to learn that I played Dungeons & Dragons while we were dating. I imagine that most of my high school and college friends would be just as surprised. That was due to my Geek Shame. I learned early on in life to hide the Geek within me.
But everything I am today I owe to my Geek. My love of math, science and logic helped me earn my degree and get the jobs I have had since college. My love of reading, science fiction, and fantasy has opened my mind to what could be, and provided countless hours of entertainment to myself and my family. In my daughters, I see and encourage the growth of their imagination, and delight at their creations. I also do my best as a father to instill in them the self-confidence I never had as a child.
My name is Mark Perotti. I play Dungeons & Dragons, and other RPGs. I love science fiction and fantasy.
And, I am a Geek.
This is my first post in participation of Speak Out With Your Geek Out. Tune in tomorrow for more.