I knew back in high school and I started reading fantasy that I was teetering on a precipice. I could be just a normal guy that read fantasy, or I could be a nerd. I feared the nerd culture. I saw what they showed on TV -- the stuffy noses, the suspenders, the pocket protectors -- and I wanted to distance myself.
Despite my best efforts, the nerd culture enticed me. I noticed that everything they did was awesome. I began watching anime, another sign of becoming a nerd. I loved them all. I started pursuing the lesser known ones, to see if there were any hidden treasures. I knew I was starting to tumble down the edge and gain momentum, but I thought that I could stop at anytime. I didn't start wearing suspenders, but I started talking about video games, fantasy novels, anime, etc. I began smoozing with the leaders of the geek kingdom.
There was one boundry I refused to cross. It was for only the nerdiest of nerds. But eventually, I began to watch and realize it looked like fun. Well, I finally crumbled to the temptation Thursday. That's right...I played Dungeons and Dragons.
And I loved it.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have arrived. I am a nerd. I am proud.