Everybody's a geek about something.
If you're excited about the new Apple product, you're a gadget geek. If you can rattle off the starting lineup for the 1966 Boston Celtics, you're a sports geek. Not all of us will admit to the term, but we're all overly passionate and knowedgable about one thing or another.
Of course, if you like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica, you're just a geek. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and comic books? Same thing. It used to be a pejorative term, but thanks to increasingly popular gatherings like Comic Con, it's becoming pretty cool to be a geek.
The movie industry has the Oscars. Broadway has the Tonys. Music; the Grammys. And that's why, three years ago, the nerds of the world united to create the Geekies, an awards show for all things . . . well, geeky.
On October 20th, at the 3rd annual Geekie Awards, the trophy for Toys & Craft went to Julie Lee for her hand-crafted robot business.
Julie, a Latter-day Saint, has made her way by selling handmade plush robots online. Her business, called GinnyPenny, was successful enough to secure her a place at the Geekies alongside four other extraordinarily innovative creations. She was the first winner of the award in Geekies history.
"I was so impressed with everybody," Julie said of her fellow nominees. "They were just so creative."
During the awards show, she thanked her husband for supporting her "crazy, wacky ideas." The couple made a splash at the after-party despite being the only ones there not drinking alcohol--something that garnered the attention of fellow attendees and gave them a chance to talk about their religion.
This just goes to show that being a geek and proud of it can lead to a lot of good opportunities!