San Jose, CA, USA
When in San Jose Greg likes to party. He likes to party a lot.
But perhaps we should take a moment to define this word, as its meaning could be somewhat…skewed depending on your perspective and life experiences. To many people, this would involve nightclubs, expensive bottles of vodka, private tables, next day hangovers, loud music and expensive, if somewhat revealing and usually uncomfortable, clothing.
Greg’s mother loved Greg’s high school partying habits. He had no curfew, none. This conversation happened regularly in his home as a child:
“Mom, I’m going to a party, I’ll be back tomorrow.”
“OK, just be sure to call at 10.”
Usually he forgot. But that was ok and not because Greg had a cell phone. Greg’s mom just knew where he was.
He was hanging out at his friends parents’ house with a bunch of other boys eating cold pizza and killing dragons with dice…or slaying vampires with magic cards…or whatever the fad was at the time.
Things like girls, and alcohol, were added in YEARS later and who would want to get too drunk to play D&D? And who would want a girlfriend who wasn’t any good at video games? That would be silly.
Greg: Tiffany is sick at HALO dude, she totally kicked butt at her military ship’s competitions. Best. Wife. Ever.
So here we have a typical party with Greg and his friends…
All of Greg’s friends have gone to bigger and greater things since high school but some things never change and honestly, if it ain’t broke, why mess with something that works?
In case you were wondering, those kids who sat around programming code or reading at recess, those who were supposed to take over the world when they grew up? Yes, as adults after a hard day’s work at global domination they still get together to slay dragons. It’s a thing.
When coming to a party they all remember to bring games. They bring snacks, soda and even money for pizza. Easy, been doing it for years. Well over a decade now, actually. Greg has a bag and a shelf with all his gear on it to make it easier – just throw and go. Like we said though, the introduction of alcohol to this mix is relatively new. (out of 100 parties, say the last 20-30 they have done drinks) It creates logistical difficulties…
My dragon kingdom for a corkscrew… 😉
Tiffany tells Greg that he’s a “nerd” vice a “geek” apparently the key difference is that nerd-dom is simply a state of mind where geek-dom is a state of being. What that translates to her is that nerds can be sexy while having their obsessions. Greg does his best to take this as a compliment and apply it to his daily life. See how successful he is.
About the authors
Greg and Tiffany are traveling around the world on sailing yachts and keep a video blog of their (mis)adventures. If sailing to Tahiti on a 44 ft sailboat, 3-day delays for wine tastings, getting pooped on by seagulls, opening coconuts with dull machetes, sailing past tornadoes and ukulele Christmas carols are for you, then check them out at www.CoastGuardCouple.com!