Today one of my closest friends published his first essay on Bygone Bureau, detailing the heartbreak he went through when his longtime girlfriend revealed she had met someone else.
So he did what any intelligent geek does when they’re crushed by a no good, lousy, cheating, soul destroying she-beast. He sold her custom engagement ring and spent the money on a suit of Master Chief armor.
I highly recommend reading his original essay, a sentimental but honest story about what we do for love, and the hole to fill when that promise is gone. It’s sad and funny and reminds me of all the desperate things we do to make ourselves feel whole again.
Eric runs Geekadelphia, a blog I’ve been contributing to for about a year off and on,much more frequently in recent months [I’ve mentioned Geek plenty of times, especially this summer’s Geek Awards]. The story made it to the front page of Reddit this afternoon, then to Kotaku, The Daily What, Neatorama, Geekosystem, Ripten, CNET. Pretty astounding and I’m damn proud of him. It’s not an easy thing, baring your soul, revealing a painfully personal moment of heartbreak, to a hundred thousand readers in a day. But he’s got a happy ending, after all.
In our internal group messages between writers, we shared a collective all-caps freak out about today’s events, expressing our congratulations/envy/gentle mockery.
My boyfriend’s response is behind the jump.
But no one was recognizing the folks in the ‘geek’ scene; comic illustrators, indie game developers, local social media marketers, new blogs, podcasts and vodcasts. And these are the sort of folks who I write about every day on Geekadelphia. They’re the folks who do the work that brings unconventional notoriety to our city, making Philly known for indie game dev, a vibrant art scene, a brilliant tech community and so on. In my eyes, they are doing the work that matters.~ The Philadelphia Geek Awards Are Tonight: What They Are, Why They Exist, & What I Learned Making Them Happen