Unless you live under a rock (and if you’re reading that I find it highly unlikely) you’ve undoubtedly heard of the show “The Big Bang Theory.” A coworker of mine begged and begged me to watch the show. After Netflixing (Is that a verb now?) the first season, I eventually came around. But I do have one lingering issue with the show. . .
The four main heroes are all wimps, have no clue how to function in society, and are clueless of anything that doesn’t utilize electrons or is printed in a comic book.
I decided to take a quick poll around our office and here’s what just a small sample of real life nerds can do or have accomplished:
- Mountain bike
- Cook semi-professionally
- Guide white water rapids tours
- Place in the top ten in several triathlons
- Raise their own chickens, goats, and crops
- Restore old motorcycles and ATVs
- Climb Mt. McKinley
- Serve as a Marine, and teach hand gun courses
- Build shelves, beds, and cabinetry
- Race old a classic Ford Mustang that was self-restored
- Hunt and Fish
- Pilot planes
- Race motorcycles
- Drive Snowmobiles
- Coach a softball team
- Play in an orchestra ( I know one violist, one flutist and one trombonist)
Now before you begin thinking this office somehow lacks in the intellectual department we have 3 people with doctorates, 1 with a professional engineer certificate, and well over half have their masters. Sprinkle in a few business degrees and you have a pretty good idea of what our office has going for them.
On top of all of this, we still find time for lengthy discussions on how to build a warp drive, Buckaroo Banzai, the original trilogy vs. the “new trilogy”, blowing stuff up, comic books, computer games, LEGOs, satellites and airplanes, and even a bit of Doctor Who.
So next time you exclaim to your friends about how “real” The Big Bang Theory is just remember what you read here; it’s still a funny show, but I hate for it to become the face of nerdom when its members are capable of so much more.