Dear Nerd Lunch,
Has it really been 5 years already? I know I don’t write as much as I should these days, so let me apologize. I am devoting a lot of attention your little brother, Podcast, and Twitter can be a hell of a distraction, but you’re still just as important as ever.
In the summer of 2007 I was in the process of moving to Chicago and CT had been in Florida for a couple years already. The opportunities for me, CT, and PLee to nerd out together were effectively coming to an end. We had talked about doing a blog mostly to preserve the witticisms we were exchanging daily via e-mail, but you became the place for our musings that used to be exchanged over gyros, Quizno’s sammiches, or the D&D game table. And in that regard you’ve been more successful than I could have imagined.
This place provides a long distance connection like what grandparents and grandkids now get using video chat, except we’re middle aged men whose bonds are strengthened through reviews of The Goonies or bacon sundaes. It’s obvious that without you, Nerd Lunch, I wouldn’t have had the occasion to get to know Pax, The Atomic Geeks, our superfan Jack, or all the great bloggers we’ve crossed paths with the last 5 years. What might not be so clear are the other benefits you’ve afforded me. It would have been very easy for me to be consumed by the “real life” stuff that has happened during these years and I honestly don’t know if I would have kept up on my nerd interests or stayed as close with CT and PLee.
So thank you, Nerd Lunch. Thanks for what you’ve brought into my life, but more importantly what you’ve kept in it.
So, it’s your 5th birthday, Nerd Lunch. Enjoy yourself. You've earned it.
We gather around the lunch table this week with Steve from foodjunk.wordpress.com. On the menu is a discussion of our favorite salty snack foods from chips to pretzels to crackers. We can't seem to agree on many snack food picks, but perhaps we'll concur on favorite high blood pressure medicines in a later episode. In our Nerd To-Dos, we hear about Steve's run through the Godzilla movies, CT's third viewing of The Avengers, Pax's review of Solomon Kane, and Jeeg's glacial progress through Angel and Farscape.
It's a three way dance as Pax, CT, and Jeeg plan out 48 hours of a nerd weekend. Where would we go? What would we do? What would we eat? Listen to find out if our perfect weekend looks more like The Hangover or Weekend at Bernie's. This week's Nerd To-Dos are a who's who of sci-fi franchises with nods to Prometheus, Planet of the Apes, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The Atomic Geeks very own Andrew Bloom takes over the fourth chair this week and runs Pax, Jeeg, and CT though a little game of Would You Rather. The questions cover topics that are fun for all ages: the Nerd Lunch crew dying in various ways, the Nerd Lunch crew killing various pop culture heroes, the Nerd Lunch crew in ambiguously gay situations, and CT’s beard. The only question remaining is would you rather keep reading this description or listen to the episode already?
This week CT and Jeeg have to soldier on without the Nerd Lunch ironman, Pax, who has been kidnapped by our arch-rival Valley High. But it’s all right, ‘cause we’re saved by the bell and two returning guests: Aaron Nix of Movie Hodge Podge and Jay from The Sexy Armpit. We spend the episode reminiscing about our favorite moments, the most attractive female cast member, and Casey Kasem’s epic Cosby sweaters. Be warned, it’s such a lovefest that we're not even fazed by the fact that the show also sounded the death knell of Saturday morning cartoons. In our Nerd To-Do’s, we get some love for TV’s Dallas, Sherman Hemsley, Taco John’s restaurants, and the Back to the Future iPad game.