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The False Modesty of 'Nerds'

Bo94 Wrote: May 02, 2012 4:40 PM
Me too :) I remember our first dungeon, green slime everywhere. There was no monster manual in those days, just Monsters & Treasure Volume 2 of Three Booklets. Many years later, when I first heard about the Grassy Knoll, all I could think of was "Gnolls: A cross between Gnomes and Trolls (. . .perhaps, Lord Sunsany did not really make it all that clear) with +2 morale."

Washington is full of nerds. I know. I speak nerd, not fluently mind you, at least not anymore. But I certainly know more than a few phrases memorized from a Berlitz nerd-to-English phrase book. I can talk Dungeons & Dragons (both D&D and AD&D). I know about the Golden Age of Comics (as in comic books -- if you thought that was a reference to Bob Newhart's heyday, subtract 20 nerd points right there).

Anyway, if you spend any time in Washington you'll find nerds. What happens is most of them sublimate their fixations with comics, or baseball cards, or 1960s...