Okay. Random story. So there's this guy who's been a temp at work for a month now. He and I never really clicked or got along, for different reasons. And since we shared a cubicle, it was evident all throughout his stay there that he didn't like me.
Well, today was his last day. While he was cleaning up his stuff from our desk and drawers, he suddenly came up to me and asked me if I could recommend him a book. I thought it was random of course. But being the normal bookworm that I am, I started suggesting a couple of titles I thought he'd like. He then told me, "Well, I actually don't read." He said how he finds it boring, and how he would never actually find it fun or enjoyable at all. He said he was just teasing me, mentioning how he saw my blog (a couple of my close co-workers who read this probably shared the link!) and how it's funny that I spend soooo much time on it.
He then laughed - actually snickered and burst out laughing - for a good minute or two. I'm not even kidding! He stops, looks at me all serious, and tells me, "You are such a nerd." It was obviously supposed to be a "harmless insult." He walks away and continues to organize his stuff.
Long story short - dealing with this guy reminded me a lot of the times when I was made fun of for being really nerdy as a kid. When people would laugh at me for wanting to have a pitstop at the library or the bookstore before going shopping at the mall with friends, or when I would get so passionate about explaining what Horcruxes are (LOL!) or what Middle-earth is. It reminds me of the times when people would make fun of me for watching documentaries on TV about conspiracy theories, hoaxes, and real urban legends. And I remember I would get offended then. Now I see, being a nerd, being a bookworm... I am actually now really proud of that! So in the end, I decided not to say anything to this guy anymore. I mean, why should I? I guess I just wonder though if he knows that being called a nerd is actually a compliment to me.
So... I guess I wanted to ask you; have you ever been made fun of for being a reader? A bookworm? A blogger, even? Have you ever been called a nerd when they meant it as an insult? Tell me your funny and maybe not-so-funny stories.