Oh, get over it. You know you are
one, you four-eyed, pocket-protector-wearin', Unix-trash talkin' freak geek. You and your West Coast ways. You come to our town, complain about the sushi, make more money than any Austinite ever thought possible, and are probably right this very moment contemplating trading in your overcompensating sportscar (How much can
you get for that Boxter?) for something a little less ostentatious, something that'll help you stand out while still managing to fit in with the rest of the tall Texans, something unassuming ... like an SUV. That's great. What? You say that's an unfair, typically Chronicle
, disparaging, snobby stereotype? Well, check your Palm Pilot, pal. Ha! Caught ya, you geek. See, you are
a geek. Through and through. Don't try to hide it. We know you paid $350 grand for that 600-sq.-ft. bungalow in Hyde Park. What was the point of that, schnooky? Why not just move out to the 'burbs? At least you'd have room there for your Ford Explorer with the two-story trailer towing your SkiDoo and
cigarette boat. Hey, don't get us wrong. We're not bitter. And no, we don't blame you and your dot.comedian friends for the spike in rents and real estate. We don't really
think you have anything
to do with the traffic or hold you responsible at all
for the seriously noticeable attitude readjustments that have been happening all over our once warm and friendly town. No, really. We love
you. Look, we were imports here ourselves once, back in the day. But that's ancient history (when Austin was really cool ...). Some of our best friends are geeks. No, no, that's not pity. That's affection. Affection for your quirky ways. You want to fit in soooooo badly, don't you? Awwwwwww, that's so cute! Well, there is
hope, li'l nerd. You do
have a few options. On one hand, you could try as you might to fit into the slacker scene (though, you're probably going to have to drive out to Manor to find it), or you could choose the healthier option and embrace
your reality. Seeing as how you don't know jack about Sartre, Stratocasters, or miso soup, you might be better off just facing facts. You Are Geek. Let us hear you roar.
In our infinite Chronicle benevolence, we have decided to help you. Cyberplex and Journee Software, plus your truly empathetic pals here at The Austin Chronicle, present the Tech Wanted Recruitment Mixer, Tuesday, August 29, 4-8pm, at Buffalo Billiards, 201 E. Sixth. It'll be fun; it'll be casual. A mere $1 donation at the door will benefit our local public school Lee Elementary and will get you plenty of food, a free drink, and the opportunity to connect with 50 high tech companies who want your blood ... errrr, who want new blood, yes, new blood. The first 300 people through the door will also receive a fabulous gift. Sound good? Cool, we thought that might make you feel more comfortable. Mark it in your electronic datebook! Set the timer on your pager! Oh, and make sure you bring plenty of business cards ... or a résumé ... or dress really sexy because you never know who you might meet -- a future boss, a future business partner, or the dorky love of your life!
Just remember: Be yourself. 454-5766. You'll be chillin' at the all-day SummerFest 2000, this Saturday, Aug. 26, 10am-11pm. KAZI 88.7FM, Austin's community radio station, is celebrating 18 years of programming in Central Texas at the Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Ln. Come on out and enjoy the Taste of Black Austin, with live performances by LTD, Praise Tabernacle, Gospel Stars, Ahmad Rashidi, Bobby Patterson, Li'l Black, Botany Boys, Kyle Turner, Deep Threat, Rap-a-Lot & Wreckshop Family, Soté, Jennifer, Don Diego, 25 Mafia, Orean B. Cosby, Oliver Scott, Li'l Breazy, and many more. Gospel artists will perform between 10am-3pm, R&B between 3:30-7:30pm, and rap and hip-hop for the rest of the night, 8-10:30pm. Plus, there will be yummy food from local vendors, arts & crafts booths, a kids' corner, and more. It's only $5 admission for adults, $3 for kids and proceeds benefit Austin's community voice. 836-9544.