Wired has a list of 10 annoying habits of a geeky spouse and it made me giggle, so I thought I’d share.
My favorite from this list?
7. Geeky toys and decorations can be hard to explain to kids – Long has my plush vorpal bunny languished atop a tall bookcase, waiting for the day when my kids are old enough not to be scared by its huge bloody fangs. And how to properly explain my model of Minas Tirith to kids not quite old enough for The Lord of the Rings? I mean, if we say “You remember The Hobbit? Well, it’s in the same world, but a country not mentioned in that book, and it figures heavily in a later story,” that will only prompt a thousand questions about it. That’s not a bad thing, of course, but it can get a bit tiresome. At least the Warner Brothers cartoon sericels hanging on the walls are easily explained by simply putting in a DVD.
Yeah, I have toy collections too. And my comics are overflowing the bookshelf and competing with far weightier tomes on political science, classic literature (and, um, fashion magazines).
My own annoying geek habit that doesn’t make the list? When I lived in South Carolina, I would drag my then-fiance all the way to Savannah every Wednesday to buy comics. He’d flip through the same few horror comics while I poked around the selection at the shop, and he’d quickly get bored and end up waiting outside. Any time we went out of town? I had to find the comic shop, ASAP. Then I’d make him drive home so that I could promptly ignore him to devour my new DMZ, Fables or Nextwave.
What habit do you guys have that drives your significant other up a wall? Or have you been lucky enough to find someone who’s as geeky as you are?