?First off, I have to thank each and every one of you that entered this contest. It’s not easy to share your personal tales of romantic triumph and tragedy with (mostly futile) hopes of winning a free T-shirt, but nearly 300 of you did. Well done. I found your insights to be touching and, at times, surprisingly heartbreaking. Again, I do truly appreciate you all telling me about your nerdy dating experiences. (Or lack thereof). Now if only you guys actually paid attention to the contest intro and kept your entries brief. Sigh. Oh well.
Unfortunately, I only had two TR shirts to give away. I picked winners whose stories captivated/horrified me, and I hope you’ll agree with my findings. As you’ll see by the quality of the honorable mentions, coming up with the actual winners was a Herculean task to say the least. Hit the jump to see what I came up with.
Here are the honorable mentions:
Back in college there was a super Hot girl in the Sci-Fi club I belonged
to. But she was dating an acquaintance. One day in one of our School’s
many lounges the boyfriend turns to me and asks me to spend some time
with his girlfriend over the long weekend because he was worried about
leaving her alone. You see I found out that apparently she had cheated
on him the last time he went away and he didn’t trust her to be left
alone. (but he did trust me to be left alone with her sigh) He had NO
IDEA of the feelings I had been harboring for this girl for 3 semesters.
I agreed to go and see her that weekend. Saturday I spend 3 hours
traveling to and from her house each way, We sat and talked for 4 hours
and she explain the entire cheating incident to me as if it was a
confessional. Mean while all the while I’m thinking “me, I might as well
just be a girlfriend…….” Then she went out with some friend for a
night on the town and I took the bus home. This girl might very well
have been the ultimate geek chick into RPG and videogames but she
couldn’t keep it out of her pants . with everyone but me. Sigh. In hindsight the fact that we knew each other from the Sci-Fi fantasy club is
the only thing that really makes this geeky.
I went on a couple of dates with this nerdy girl. They were okay, but
then I saw on Facebook she entered into a relationship with another
guy. No big deal because we only went out like twice, but this is the
bad part: I saw his pic on Facebook and he was wearing this Woot shirt
(disapproving narwhal) that I had ordered but got lost in the mail. So
he got the girl and the shirt, but it was the shirt that hurt the most.
I was hanging out with a friend of mine. We were board and she decided
to turn on Netflix to see what was on. We found the Star Trek animated
series. She looked at me and asked if I was ok with it. I love star
trek so I was down. We watched the entire season that weekend, we’re
now engaged. I’d call that a win.
So I’m not sure if this is the best or worst, frankly it could have gone
either way. Considering that we’re still together I’ll call it best.
I met a wonderful, beautiful woman named April. It was something of a
blind date since we had some mutual friends but hadn’t met in person yet
though we had talked online. We decide to meet up at a nearby bar and
we find that we’re enjoying eachother’s company but that the bar is a
little too noisy to have a real conversation. Since there’s a beach
nearby we figure it would be great to get some privacy and get a chance
to talk while having a walk on the beach late at night.
the topic of nerdy interests come up and I admit that I’m a pretty big
nerd. She admits that she’s most definitely not nerdy but that she
somehow finds my enthusiam slightly adorable without being overbearing.
brave I decided to push my luck and to try to find SOME kind of nerdy
common ground so I start listing the various nerdy things I’m into when I
finally run across Harry Potter. When HP comes up her interest suddenly
goes from benign disinterest to grabbing my shirt with a mad look in
her eyes yelling “I WANT TO BE A WIZARD!”
Considering we were on a
deserted beach late at night this should have been more than a little
terrifying but I’m glad I didn’t run screaming because I’ve wound up
with a beautiful woman who is able to laugh with me about how obsessive
we can get over our respective passions.
Girlfriend breaks up just as you’re about to finish off season 2 of
Doctor Who. I don’t want to watch Daleks fighting Cybermen by myself- a
lonely nerdgasm is a sad nerdgasm.
My girlfriend (who I’m madly in love with) posted our relationship as
her best nerd relationship on Topless Robot’s Best/Worst Nerd
Relationship contest. No matter who gets the shirt, I think I win this
a couple or so years ago I had a pretty big thing for the sister of one
of my mates, I’d been friends with her for a little while and she was
nice, really cute and her only problem was that she was not at all
nerdy, but I really didn’t care. So one day when I was invited to a
party at her house that’s when I decided, I was gonna go to that party
hang out with her and try to act as normal and non-nerdily charming as
possible to atleast be in a chance of getting out of her friend zone.
We were about an hour into the party and things were going pretty
well, but that’s when I saw it, a beautiful metallic object glistening
in the light of a nearby TV Screen, her
brother was holding a Luke
Skywalker Master Replicas lightsaber with realistic lighting and
original sound effects, I had to go and inspect it and while we were
chatting about how awesome it was he told me he’d also just gotten the
Darth Vader version and that we should totally have a duel with them to
test them out. Blinded by nerdy desire I agreed but decided that if we
did it outside and tried to be as discreet as possible, I could probably
get away with the duel without hurting my chances with his sister. But
what was supposed to be a quick 10 minute duel quickly turned into a 45
minute long epic complete with movie quotes, Darth Maul choreography
impersonations and ended with a who could do the best Darth Vader
It was when we got back in that we realised we’d been the nerdy
entertainment from the bathroom window for the whole time. And needless
to say his sister who’d seen the whole spectacle now viewed me about as
likely a potential romantic partner as a cancerous cyst on a Sarlaccs
tentacle. But it all worked out fine in the end she met someone and fell
in love… I got myself four Master Replicas lightsabers and grew
increasingly nerdy and bitter, incidentally it’s about the same time I
started commenting on Topless Robot.
Four years ago, I was working with my aunt at the fairgrounds
in my town in one of the food booths. There were a few guys working
there with me, all of them really cute, but one of them stood head and
shoulders above the rest (literally; he’s 6’3″). Tall, skinny, glasses,
kind of shy, the most gorgeous smile I’d ever seen. I flirt with him the
whole time, and he’s obviously into me, too, but he’s really
introverted and doesn’t say much. He’s only working for the one day,
though, so I decide to take it upon myself and ask him out on a date,
since he’s obviously too shy to ask me himself. We go on our date…and
it’s pure, unadulterated magic. We find out we both love the same
things: anime, MST3K, Thomas Dolby, The Big Lebowski, retro video games.
We quote and act out almost the entire Ghostbusters movie. While seeing
a movie at the drive-in he comes back from the bathroom and gives me a
bootleg Yu-Gi-Oh card he found because he knew I’d get a kick out of the
bad translation. He’s totally awesome and out of his shell at this
point. He told me later while we were sitting in the car at the drive-in
together that he never used to be that shy, but his past girlfriends
and girls in general over the years treated him like dirt because of the
things he liked, and he was afraid that I would do the same. I hugged
him and said I thought the he, and what he liked, was wonderful.
We’ve been together ever since, been married two years and have two kids now.
I am a member of a Medieval re-enacting group. I take great
pride in my Scottish heritage & enjoy putting on a Great Kilt &
doing public demonstrations of swordsmanship. Two years ago, I met a
girl at a Renaissance Fair. She was a friend of a member of the
re-enacting group. She was wearing a medieval dress, and she was
beautiful. It took me a while to muster up the courage to finally start
a conversation. After a little while, we found out that we had a lot
in common. She came back for the second day of the Fair & we spend
most of our time getting to know each other. After having the BEST. DAY. EVER!, we arranged to hang out the next weekend. I was terrified that
she would run away when she saw my respectable Transformers & LEGO
collections. Instead, she looked at me & asked “Can I play with
them?” I fell in love that week & have never been happier.
We are getting married this fall, with a Medieval Themed wedding.
this contest was posted yesterday I immediately went past it since I’d
had absolutely no romantic anything in my life and there was no way I
could post an entry.
Well, last night I had my first kiss with the guy who played Dr.
Horrible in my student-run production of it backstage during a talent
show I was MCing. It may be the only thing that I’ve done, but it’s
still the best.
Naturally I assume that it happened because I was destined to win a shirt this time around.
I really only have a best for me. I was talking to this girl and she
knew I was a nerd but I didn’t think she was anything of one. She worked
with me and found me and a co-worker talking about how we found it odd
that there was a Klingon dictionary and how there were colleges that
taught it. She over heard and basically went over how stupid that she
thought it was. I knew all of this but not a big Klingon guy and was now
mildly embarrassed. The next day, she delivered me a letter in Vulcan.
It had nothing to do with Star Trek, it was about how dumb she thought
Klingons were. We’ve been together for 5 years.
was dating my first and, so far, only girlfriend and we went to her
apartment for a little “fun”. At this point I had never done anything
and was finally trusting her enough to go for that intimacy. We spent
some time chatting about movies and stuff before she finally decided to
stop waiting for me to take the lead and started a rather intense
make-out session. I was actually guiding her toward the bedroom when
she started kissing my neck and glanced up at the clock. In a split
second she pushed me away, ran to the living room and logged into her
WoW account. I asked her what they hell she was doing and she informed
me, without a shred of sarcasm or apology, that she had a raid she was
integral to and needed to hook up with the group. So I wouldn’t be
lonely while she gamed she called a mutual friend to come over and hang
out with me.
Essentially, I was cock-blocked by World of Warcraft.
She thinks Jar Jar Binks is the best thing about Star Wars….nobody is perfect..