Now that my spouse has reached a certain age, she has begun reclaiming her identity as ’80s rock goddess, and frankly, I couldn’t be happier.  Notwithstanding the desire to wear shoulderless tops and dancing on the hood of Whitesnake’s car, she seems to be quite happy as well, making me wonder if I should reclaim my own youthful status.  ‘Course, as a lifelong “No Club That Would Have Me As A Member” contrarian, I don’t know what subculture that might be, leading to today’s categorical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has never been a good fit as “nerd”, lacking the expected social anxiety, and so would probably grudgingly choose “Generation X”, asking: If you HAD to categorize yourself with some subculture label, which one would you choose?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Whatever the Star Wars equivalent of a Trekker/Trekkie is (and I despise the term “Warrie”, so I’m not saying that).

    Though I do get referred to as an Otaku (in both the older derogatory context and the more recent context as a fan) a lot, as I do watch a lot of Japanese series and movies (both anime and live-action) and read a lot of manga. But I don’t really consider myself one because I’m not obsessive about it, it just happens to be where my interests lie.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    I used to be a Nordic Metal Kid. Now I’m interested in too many things to be labelled any one thing.

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