Weekly Volcano Blogs: Walkie Talkie Blog

July 28, 2014 at 12:21pm

Joint Base Lewis-McChord nerds and geeks unite!

8-bit hoo-ah!

Recommend Blog Post
Total Recommendations (0)

Sure, there are spouses groups for Joint Base Lewis-McChord husbands and wives looking to integrate into the local community, make friends or learn more about how to navigate within the military world. There are resources galore, and yet sometimes spouses may want to connect and get together over a different topic than military resources. Spouses may simply want to get together and talk about shared interests - especially if those shared interests are something that maybe not everyone out there relates to.

For this exact reason, Monica Rice blazed a new trail and recently formed her own group - the JBLM Geeky/Nerdy Spouses, a Facebook group open to spouses of both genders so long as they identify as geeky and/or nerdy. After spending some time with the general spouse groups, she thought others out there might want to connect on all things geeky like she did.

"I'm still pretty new to the military lifestyle and haven't made many friends with spouses," says Rice. "Also, because of my passion in computers and programming, I don't have many lady friends with those same interests. I knew I couldn't have been the only woman with what I think are pretty niche hobbies, so I wanted to reach out while simultaneously forming a small network wherein all members could talk about their favorite passions without feeling like an oddity."

So which interests are welcomed in the group? So far, there are no real boundaries to the geekiness. The group welcomes those interested in video games, Magic the Gathering, comic books of all stripes, Pokeman, Star Wars, zombies and - of course - computers and programming. If the interest is considered a "niche" that doesn't fit well within the confines of the more general spouse groups, Geeky/Nerdy Spouses welcomes you.

"That we do have so many different interests is one of the best characteristics about the group," she adds. "I think it'd be great to take turns exploring an interest that's especially important to a member or members. This would be a great way to bond and pick up new hobbies."

So far, the people who have joined the group have come to the table with a wide array of interests, including Dr. Who and tabletop gaming. Rice hopes to see current members reach out to others they know and for word of the group to spread, but also hopes the group will stay relatively small so that members can get to know each other and connect.

As with any self-respecting nerdy/geeky interest, the group has a great online presence that will only gather steam as the group gets going, but also already has one in-person meet-up planned at Dorky's Arcade Friday, Aug. 1. The group is still brand new and there isn't a structure to how meetings will go, what will be talked about or upcoming activities beyond Dorky's yet. Rice hopes meetings will be informal and fun, and wants to keep focus on everyone feeling welcomed and included - including non-JBLM people who see the group and feel like it would be a great fit for them.

"I suggested meeting up at Dorky's in Tacoma for our first group meeting and then monthly or bi-monthly hangouts with some kind of group activity - a Star Trek marathon, retro console game competition, or similar activity," says Rice. "I encouraged members to come up with ideas. We've also discussed the possibility of going as a group to conventions in Seattle, such as GeekGirlCon and PAX."

The group is not for general questions about the base or military culture. If you're looking for help on learning about anything from Madigan to NTCs, there are general spouse groups out there better suited to those questions.

Nerds and geeks only!

To join the group to learn more, visit the JBLM Geeky/Nerdy Spouses Facebook

comments powered by Disqus

About this blog

News and entertainment from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s most awesome weekly newspapers - The Ranger, Northwest Airlifter and Weekly Volcano.

Recent Comments

Walkie Talkies said:

Thanks for posting! But I want say that Walkie Talkies are really required while organizing fun...

about COMMENT OF THE DAY: "low brow’s" identity revealed?

Humayun Kabir said:

Really nice album. I have already purchased Vedder's Album. Listening to the song of this album,...

about Eddie Vedder’s "Ukulele Songs" available today - and I don’t hold a candle to that shit

AndrewPehrson said:

Your post contains very beneficial content. Kindly keep sharing such post.

about Vote for Tacoman Larry Huffines on HGTV!

Shimul Kabir said:

Vedder's album is really nice. I have heard attentively

about Eddie Vedder’s "Ukulele Songs" available today - and I don’t hold a candle to that shit

marble exporters in India said:

amazing information for getting the new ideas thanks for sharing a post

about 5 Things To Do Today: Art Chantry, DIY home improvement, "A Shot In The Dark" ...

Archives

2021
January, February
2020
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2019
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2018
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2017
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2016
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2015
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2014
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2013
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2012
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2011
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2010
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2009
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2008
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2007
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2006
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December