Today’s blog is part of the “use your words” blog challenge. See the end of the post for all the details.
The “Geek” definition has come a long way since the days of biting heads of chickens at carnivore acts!
Today, the definition of a geek is “a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity”.
Ever since I can remember, I have surrounded myself with Geeks of all kind!! I didn’t realize that I was drawn to this specific demographic until I began to take stock of my life in the past year.
I have come up with my own definition of a geek: a geek is someone who has a dedicated, single-minded, focused and infinite passion for one particular subject.
So, I would like to take this opportunity to salute every geek that has come into my life and the contributions they have made to my personality.
Let me start by the most common geek of all – the comic book geek! The comic book geek is the type that has an unabashed love for all superheroes like Batman, Superman, Thor and every “I wear my underwear on the outside” kind of superhero. This geek can tell you every plot line, villain and lines uttered in these comic books. In case of a fire, they would save their first edition of “The Spirit Man” over their tax records.
What has the comic book geek taught me? He or she has taught me to be fearless and fight the good fight!
“Seize the day!” says the comic geek!
Also, they have taught me how to save a damsel in distress!
Have you met a food geek? If you are a foodie, chances are YOU are the food geek!. A food geek can tell you the ingredients of any dish just from its aroma! They have taste buds that are so well refined that the taste buds are actually eligible to be insured by Llyod’s of London! They spend every waking moment of their life looking up recipes or trying to find the next best food combination. As I write this blog, I am sure that there is a food geek out there that is trying to find a delicious recipe for chocolate covered mushrooms! Or, how to get cherries into a flatbread pizza?
The food geek has taught me to appreciate the finer things in life and also how to think outside the box.
Ever played trivial pursuit and lose the game to the same person every time? That person is known as the trivia geek! He or she has a love of every trivial bit of knowledge that exists in this world! They can recite world capitals from the least populated to the most populated – and vice versa! At the drop of a hat, they can give you a biography on the person who invented the “L “! This type of geek is the kind that spends hours entering, editing and correcting pages on Wikipedia.
There is no such thing as “trivial” information. The trivia geek has shown me that “Knowledge is Power”. They have taught me to learn and retain every piece of information that I come across because I will never know when that information might be useful.
Of course, there is the computer geek which has a very ubiquitous presence in my life. They all have a love of everything technical and buy every gadget that is out on the market. They can sit there and build a computer from scratch on a Saturday night. They are early adopters of every technology that comes out. You may have seen these people tenting outside an Apple store a week before Apple is about to launch a product. They love their gadgets more than their family members. They are always fidgeting or customizing their gadgets. They are always working on perfecting perfection!
From the computer geeks, I have learned to never ever be afraid of change. Also, my ability to pay attention to details can be traced to the computer geeks’ desire to have everything just right!
Finally, there is the space geeks! This geeks know every planet and galaxy out there in the universe. They can tell you, as well as, show you every constellation in the sky. They make special trips and camp outside the location of shuttle launches. They have posters of Dr. Michio Kaku and Dr. Stephen Hawkins hanging on their bedroom walls.
The space geek figured out that Pluto was NOT a planet long before Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson made it official.
They understand every concepts of space travel and time travel. It wouldn’t surprise you if they told you that they love Star Trek AND Star Wars. If you were to visit them in their home, you would see replicas of famous real world and fictional shuttles that they personally replicated. Then, they miniaturized these shuttles and placed them inside glass bottles!
Space geeks have taught me that the universe is a much bigger than one person and have given me a sense of humility. They have taught me to be “grounded” and have a “down to earth” personality.
So, I have learned that coming across geeks all my life hasn’t been a serendipitous affair. They have been in my life because I gravitated towards their passion and to make me a better person.
I love cherries and I love flatbread pizza, so, I thought of combining them into a delightful summer treat. This flatbread pizza is so simple to make that you can assemble the ingredients in less than 2 minutes and put them into an oven.
To enhance the flavor of the pizza, I like to layer the flatbread pizza with a thin layer of basil pesto. The store brought pesto is fine, but, I always find them to be salty and oily. So, I love making my own pesto. One of the best pesto recipes is the one by the Kitchen Chopper. You can get her recipe here.
Tell me, what kind of geek are you?
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
I’m using: geek ~ chocolate ~ seize the day ~ serendipitous ~ underwear ~ delicious
My words were submitted by: http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com. Thank you thesadderbutwisergirl.com for these wonderfully challenging words.
http://bakinginatornado.com Baking In A Tornado
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/ The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
http://www.juiceboxconfession.com Juicebox Confession
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com Battered Hope
http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com Evil Joy Speaks
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com The Sadder But Wiser Girl
Recipe Details – (Makes 2 Flatbread Pizzas with Cherries and Tomatoes)
Total Time to Prepare: 30 Minutes
- 2 Naans or flatbread pizza bread
- 1 cup of fresh cherries, pitted and halved
- 1 Tbsp of unsalted butter for brushing
- 1 tsp of dried rosemary
- 7 or 8 thinly sliced mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 a cup of fresh arugula
- 1 tsp of freshly ground pepper
- 4 tsp of Basil Pesto
- 1/2 of a red onion, thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- If your flatbread is frozen, thaw it overnight in the fridge or microwave it for 30 seconds
- Place the flatbread pizza on a baking sheet and brush with the melted butter
- Layer the whole flatbread pizza with a thin layer of basil pesto
- Arrange the mozzarella slices on top of the flatbread
- Arrange the cherries on top of the mozzarella
- Arrange the red onions on the pizza
- Brush the top of this pizza lightly with the melted butter
- Sprinkle the dried rosemary on the pizza
- Place the flatbread pizza in the oven for 15 minutes
- Remove the pizza and sprinkle the arugula on the flatbread pizza
- Put the pizza in the oven again and bake for 5 more minutes
- Remove the flatbread pizza from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes
Serve the flatbread pizza with cherries and arugula with a tall glass of Milk.