I’m officially a geek.

September 29, 2011 · 12 comments

Oh gosh, as much as I’d like to deny it, I’ve come to the unfortunate conclusion that I am a geek. I know this comes as a shock to those of you who know me in real life. You are probably thinking to yourself “Surely, Ninja must be high right now? He is hands-down the coolest person I have ever known.” And to that I would say, you are absolutely correct. I am pretty awesome. Pretty awesome at being a big huge nerd that is.

If you would have told me two years ago I’d be flying half way across the country to go meet 250 strangers who love nothing more than budgeting, reading about the stock market, and blogging, I would have either A) punched you in the face or B) punched myself in the face. Nothing could have sounded more miserable.

Well, today I am taking a step out of my comfort zone and doing just that. By the time you read this (assuming your reading this at exactly 1pm pacific time) I will be half way to Chicago. Home to FinCon 2011, also known as the first ever Financial Bloggers Conference.

Yes, go ahead and laugh it up. I’m going to a conference. A blogging conference. A blogging conference about money. Does it get any nerdier? Me thinks not.

I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to work this anonymity thing in to the whole weekend. I’m thinking about buying a mask and wearing it around to all the events to protect my identity. Something like this perhaps…


Oh wait, I kind of look exactly like that in real life so I guess that won’t really work. Shoot.

If there is no blog post on Monday it’s safe to assume I have been kidnapped, de-skinned, and my individual body parts are currently being sold on e-Bay (I hear kidneys go for like $100,000). I’d recommend bidding on my kneecaps. I’ve been told I have very sexy kneecaps.

If you don’t have a twitter account, you should get one and start following me. I’ll be live-tweeting from the event and spilling all the juicy details about the other PF bloggers in attendance. Anyone in particular you want me to spy?

The PF conference is an outward expression of my inner-geek. Is there a geek inside of you? Do you love Star Trek? Does technology turn you on? Do you love punching numbers in to your ti-83 (math joke)? Share all your geek-glory in the comments below.

{ 12 comments }

1 Kristin

If your knees don’t have tendinosis, I’d bid on them! I think I might need a new set soon.

I would definitely say I have an inner nerd – my senior high school physics class decided to organize a BYOC (bring your own calculator) party. However, I am pained to admit I have a hard time doing arithmetic without MATLAB (Matrix computing scientific and engineering software) anymore. I have never, however, owned a calculator watch – do they even make them anymore? I figure people just use their phones now. For telling time. And a calculator.

2 Ninja

Did you not know my groomsmen gift to all my homies was a calculator watch? I’m not even joking. $10 on amazon. They loved em! I still rep mine to this day. They are seriously amazing. Get a calculator watch now on amazon! DO IT!

3 Kristin

I’ve read a number of your older posts and know you had mentioned calculator watches were the best thing since sliced bread, but hadn’t known you gave them to your groomsmen.

Hope you’re enjoying FINCON!

4 slug | sunkcostsareirrelevant.com

Not at #FINCON11. Anonymity preserved. Networking derailed. I just couldn’t figure out how to do all the dinners and drinking with my mask. I wish I weren’t serious about that.

5 Jason Cabler (@DrCabler)

I’ve been a personal finance geek for about 5-6 years now. I’ve even developed my own course called “Celebrating Financial Freedom” that I sell online and teach at churches, and my new blog is about 2 months old now.

I wish I had known about FinCon. If so I would be there in a heartbeat!

“When you help me with money, you help the world prosper.”- J.M. Dumont

6 Jeff @ Sustainable life blog

MAN – you sure are a huge geek. I’m going to unsubscribe to your blog now.

Just kidding. see you there.

7 Austin

I think at some point you have to let go of your anonymity. I’m almost the opposite of the “anonymous blogger” and it hasn’t come back to haunt me yet. You just have to be more creative in the presentation of your finances. How would the world be if Dave Ramsey stayed anonymous? ha ha ha

You do what you want – but don’t be all secretive at FINCON, that would be sheisty.

8 Caulk Philosophy

The articles were better before you let all of the game and fortune go to your head ;-)

9 Caulk Philosophy

*fame

10 Financial Success for Young Adults

I feel so left out! Everyone is blogging about being at the conference and I am stuck here :( I will be there next year for sure.

11 Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey

Hope you had fun learning and meeting other bloggers on the conference. Hope to meet the bloggers next year.

12 Sher@KNS Financial

I thought you were really cool! But then again, I’ve been told I like geeks… oh well, never mind that. I showed hubby the ‘picture’ I got of you. I only wish we had put on the credit karma glasses over the t-shirt covering your face :-)

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