Where My Nerds At?

March 08, 2010

My husband is just the teeniest bit nerdy. Only the teeniest, tiniest bit. Ever since who-knows-when he has wanted his very own Tricorder, just like the following:

If, by some bizarre accident of nature or TV programming, you have no idea what I am talking about or what this is a picture of, then I'm afraid there is nothing I can do for you. It would be like trying to describe the binary language of moisture vaporators to a hedgehog. Not that you are like a hedgehog. You are beautiful and good. And. . . . oh, let's just move on.

I bought him a phaser and a communicator for his Birthday last year

- only to find out JUST YESTERDAY that his mom gave him both when he was in highschool. He pulled them out to display in his Shrine to Nerd-dom he is putting together next to our bed. He assures me that these new ones I gave him are different and nice and he is very, very glad to have both. But the truth is, what he really wants is a Tricorder. He would happily own every one that has ever been made (and believe me, there are lots.) And as much as I like to surprise him, I think I have learned enough not to try to buy a Tricorder for him. Indeed, picking out your first tricorder is what turns a boy into a man.

So he's been looking at them online lately. Researching, comparing prices, reading reviews, watching videos. The videos are the best. In the "Sheesh, and I thought YOU were nerdy!" kind of way. Here is a very helpful and informative one:

No, no, I don't expect you to watch it (unless you are into that sort of thing). I mean, this guy happily rambles on about his tricorder for Twenty Minutes! And Richard watched the whole thing.

My favorite part is at about 8 minutes, 10 seconds. We watched it over and over cuz we thought it was so funny. Man, that guys is a nerd. And he doesn't know. I really don't think he has any idea what a nerd he is, which is what also makes him a dork. Not that there is anything wrong with that. And also, I kinda wish I knew him. Cuz nerds are the best, ya know?

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  1. I'm a language nerd! Want to talk about phonemes, homophones, homonyms, etc?!?!? Or the history of the English language!!!???

  2. My husband's nerdiness manifests itself through boardgames. He spends hours online researching all aspects of boardgames. The longer it takes and the more complicated the rulebook, the better. And goodness, if the instructions require a translation sheet, he's in heaven. Myself, I'm not a nerd at all. The coolest people I know read the technology and dining sections of the NYTimes.

  3. I think your husband is a bigger nerd than mine! I didn't think that was possible.

  4. My husband and your husband could be very good friends.

    Reluctantly and regrettably, I know the difference between a Romulan and Vulcan.

  5. Ah, yes. This is the same fellow who reviews many "toys" like this. My favorite was him reviewing the WALL-E toy that he subsequently broke during the review. Awesome.

    My brothers are so Star Trek nerdy, they were the guys who went to Star Trek conventions dressed up. Now, I went to conventions, too, but not dressed up. I mean, sheesh. Anyway, my oldest brother used to dress as Kirk, complete with strangely shaved sideburns as in the original series, and uniform, phaser and tricorder. No joke.

    Now, I'm more of a Star Wars nerd myself (hence, I loved your moisture evaporators reference) and I have an absolutely awesome Boba Fett collection. I used to proudly display it before my husband made me take it down. Poo on him.

  6. What's funny is the ads at the bottom for clearasil... Are they stereotyping nerds?

  7. I will admit to having an ENTERPRISE telephone, I also have some action figures that have never been out of the box. I <3 Star Trek. If only I had known that Rich had Trek toys we could of battled back in the day.

    As for my husband, he LOVES Star Wars, he has read all the books, he as action figures, he talks Star Wars theory with people, watches Star Wars fan films, and Even made me dress up as a Jedi one year for Halloweeny. I love nerds. :)

  8. So I've been losing sleep over this and I can't let it go. Are they moisture Evaporators or moisture vaporators? Have I been hearing it wrong all these years? And should I be kept up nights by something more important?

  9. I thought I was a nerd. I thought I knew what a tricorder was. But it turns out I am not. I did not remember it being like that at all.
    In fact I kind of think you all are from a different star trek universe.

  10. Ha! I that is fabulous.

    (I secretly find Spock from the newest Star Trek movie kind of sexy.)