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Having spent a rollicking evening drinking Gluhwein, eating falafels and riding around on the carousel with barsine at the Christmas fair, followed by chai and brownies in Starbuck's*, I am now at home, where I am taking a break from wrapping presents by the light of the tree to reflect on my own nerdiness, inspired by what I am listening to. Which is possibly my most nerdish possession ever: my Vintage Archers tape set.

I think my geek status is assured by my ownership of this item (and if it weren't, my Buffy Top Trumps cards would do the trick). And you? What are your most geekeriffic possessions? Come on, if you're reading this, you've got to have loads....

*I LOVE Starbuck's. If Dublin, like civilised cities, had lots of or indeed any good coffee shops that let you lounge around for hours, I would have no affection for this mighty interloper. But the fact is, it's filling a niche that needed to be filled - for a decent, comfy coffee place that's open late. My fondest memories of Bewleys are of the times when you'd end up there after the pubs had shut and stay there for hours drinking weak tea and having pretentious student conversations - there's nowhere like that now. Starbuck's doesn't come close to the charm of sitting by the fire in an obscure corner of a rambling Victorian building, but it's better than nothing. And their chai lattes are gorgeous.


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Dec. 17th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
Hm. I have a Kirsten Dunst action figure (well, Mary Jane from Spider-Man, but whatever), a wax lion from Wonderfalls (a real one made by the prop department!), a tiny Neopet figurine, studio final air/edited master DVD copies of all the unaired Wonderfalls episodes (and two copies of the official set, as well -- one signed), and the Serenity and Notting Hill shooting scripts. I think that's all the really geeky stuff. I'd have that huge Buffy box set and some Buffy and Faith action figures, if I could afford them.
Dec. 17th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
a sonic screwdriver
Dec. 17th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, you might just win with that one!
Dec. 17th, 2005 08:29 am (UTC)
And their chai lattes are gorgeous.

As are their Gingerbread lattes... they're even nicer than the white chocolate hot chocolates at Cafe Mokka!
Dec. 17th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
I used to have a Wizards of the Coast frisbee, signed by half the Wizards...but I threw it out because it was gathering dust. (Silly me.)

Still, I think my own, personalised Magic card (the only one I own), which allows me to destroy all Deckmaster products (which was all trading card games, at the time it was made) probably ranks high in the geek stakes.
Dec. 17th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Bewleys still provides some ability to lounge around for hours, although it's not what it was. I've not been in Starbucks before and don't plan to - consider it my personal way of objecting to globalisation. The fact that they are cropping up everywhere on the planet bugs me.

As for things proving my geek status, I have a large collection of Smashimg Pumpkins records, with rarities and limited edition releases. And even copies of the demo tapes of some of their albums!

Dec. 17th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
I thought all of the only Bewley's left was now a Cafe Bar Deli, with that fish restaurant up where the Joyce Room used to be! Is there still a coffee part? Also, I didn't think it was open late, either. That's cool, if so.

I'm not a fan of globalisation but I don't really understand why Starbuck's is particularly targetted - it comes in for much more slack than, say, Marlboro/Philip Morris, which is a much more ethically dubious corporation. I single them out because when we were organising Ladyfest it was particularly amusing/incredibly annoying being lectured about the evils of having a bank account by someone smoking Marlboro lights.

But I don't think owning everything by a favourite band counts as geeky at all - there's nothing particularly nerdy about that, even owning demo copies!
Dec. 19th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
Is there still a coffee part?

There is indeed, though it's much smaller (it's the mezzanine bit), and has fascinatingly bad service. socmot, pisica, yiskah, jane_the_23rd and I went there for coffee the weekend of the Great Visititation, and our waitress actually walked away while Jane was in mid-sentence - she'd only got as far as "I'd like a...".
Dec. 19th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)

Visitation, even.

*has not had enough coffee*
Dec. 17th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Move to Galway, for there is Bananaphoblacht (except that they don't have comfy couches). They have REAL chai, made from ground-up-on-the-premises spices, rather than a syrup from a bottle!
Dec. 17th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
My burgeoning collection of self-built scale models of (non-fictional) spacecraft and rockets. I try to tell my self I have legitimate work-related reasons for littering my home and office with them, but it's really because of the nerdery. I'm so sad that I'm not even content with just putting together the kits as they come in the box: I've been known to send away for mail order replacements parts to ensure historical accuracy, but then I've already described my tragic obsession here :)
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