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nerd redemption

Great article TC! I can kinda relate to the “nerds”. Back in the day (junior high school…high school)…I wasn’t part of the “in” crowd. I wasn’t unpopular, but I wasn’t what you would consider one of the “cool” kids. I never went to any parties in high school…I just didnt see the point in getting plastered and smoking weed in order to have fun. Sure, like most…I was picked on cause I didn’t drink or smoke or party like a rock star… instead, I spent time in the gym and played baseball. I went to college and earned an athletic scholarship for baseball and had the opportunity to play pro ball. but unfortunately things didn’t pan out. Regardless…I finished school with a degree in health education, and I definetely “blossomed” while in college in terms of my physical appearance. Its funny to go back home and see all those kids back in the day who picked on me for being skinny and being a lame ass for not partying… who are now 25-30 lbs overweight and look like shit. I feel some sort of redemption in a way. I have a great job and I still would rather read about the advantages of nighttime feeding or the importance of regulating insulin levels for body composition than go out to the bars. I would rather hit the weights or go read at the local Borders on the weekends than go to some beer festival. It feels damn good to be a nerd! Damn good indeed!

Good on ya Tony. Want a job?

Ditto, Ditto, Ditto
You are in central NY?
Perhaps a T-cell summer barbecue at my place (near Seneca Lake)…
Myself and my roomate have been thinking about this.

Van Vizzle

Vains…holy cow…a fellow t-man in central NY!!! I am in the Ithaca/Cortand area…work in the Skaneateles area. I would be game for a gathering!
Avoids Roids…what kind of job are we talkin about?..;o)

I guess I was just lucky. While at school I happened to be popular due to the fact I didn’t care about it, or maybe it was just football that did it for me.

I always thought it was funny, the kids who wanted to hang out with me at school would make fun of some of the ‘nerds,’ then I would go hang out with 'em. Play D&D with 'em on the weekends… If I wasn’t playing football or in the weightroom I was playing video games. It was always just silly to me, how I didn’t really fit into a stereotype.