On the Prowl at Geekend
Want to make friends at Geekend? This is one way of doing it. Here is my best version of the play-by-play of an interesting evening with fellow geeks in the wings. Please note: I am not a writer or even a storyteller.
Geekend Day 2: It started off with me unfortunately missing every single daytime session. I was desperately trying to close up my Friday work day so I could enjoy the evening. I was excited to attend the evening keynote with Oscar Gerardo and meet up with some friends. A quick check-in with foursquare and I was ready to enjoy the evening.
After a short while of walking around the lobby looking for someone that I knew, I found some of my peeps. Not long after getting my photo taken and chatting with friends I received a reply to my tweet about my check-in and I fired right back.
OMGLX: I’m not your people… yet… But I’d love to be! Where does one apply to be part of the Erik-tourage? #Geekend
ErikShultz: I am known to be found talking to pretty geeks. Thanks for the support! #geekend
This is were I thought this twitter conversation was over. Boy, was I wrong.
OMGLX: How does 6 ft tall, strawberry blonde, & fine alabaster skin sound? 😉 I’m also an Aries & love long walks on the beach.
Ok, this kind of took me off a guard and was unsure what would be an appropriate response. Remember, your always marketing yourself. I was sitting in the main conference room awaiting the keynote speaker. I decided to share the comment with some people in the area. Three people down from me was Scott Stratten. I decided his thoughts would add to an original response. After a small amount of debate and an added opinion from Hal Thomas, the tweet was decided. When in doubt, go old school in your response…
ErikShultz: Sounds great. Give me your moms Twitter handle 🙂
I was almost convinced the fun was over. I was not sure if this person was able to take a joke and go along with it. When you are surrounded by geeks, you are usually in good company. Soon, I find a public tweet that did not reply to my last tweet. The conversation continues.
OMGLX: Just traded a date w/ my mom for an interview with @ErikShultz! She doesn’t know, but I don’t think she’ll mind. Thanks, Ma! #Geekend
ErikShultz: Interview…deal, I am a friendly guy. #geekend
OMGLX: Sweet!! Also – she says you’re paying. And no funny business. #Geekend
ErikShultz: I was not aware there would be money exchanging hands. No funny business = Dutch.
And now it is all over. Was it funny while it lasted? Damn straight, it was funny. Now we move on because the keynote is over and it is time to head on over for a drink at Blowin’ Smoke. Knowing some of my friends would be heading over I thought it would be funny to tweet the following.
ErikShultz: Who wants to be the first person to buy me a beer? The prize is one on one time with me. #geekend
Arriving at the bar with a friend we got a drink and began to mingle with some of the Geekend peeps. I had a feeling someone would have a clever response to my generalized statement about free drinks. And who do you think it was?
OMGLX: My mom wants to know what you drink.
I am always one to take the bait.
ErikShultz: Clever answer: Sex on the beach. Real answer: Jack and Coke
OMGLX: Mom says no hard liquor on the first date. She’s a lady. Something’s comin’ your way… #Geekend
Now, let me give you a little history of my bar experience. I was a bar back and bartender for some time during and after college. Whenever a bartender comes asking for someone from behind the bar it is typically not for something good. I turn and hear the bartender is looking for someone named “Erik Shultz”. Of course I told her that was me. I believe she was surprised that someone even answered. She told me that someone bought me a drink.
ErikShultz: Now it is a party! When someone asks for you at the bar the cops are usually looking for you. #geekend #freedrinks
OMGLX: Mom says there’s still plenty of night left for the authorities to get involved… #Geekend #innuendo
ErikShultz: Not for me. Need her to tuck me in no later than 10pm.#geekend #puppylove
This is were the conversation went left and I was looking right. At my table where we were having a conversation about “actually”, I decided to tweet something that I thought was funny.
ErikShultz: What would you like to drink? Well, actually, I would like a sangria.#geekend
Did not take any time at all and the conversation continued.
OMGLX: Mom says she’s super excited to hear that! Are you liquored up enough to meet her? #Geekend #antici…pation
ErikShultz: Please send my regrets to mom and let her know I will need to take a rain check. Side note: Thank you for the hospitality!#geekend
OMGLX: Absolutely! Mom says that postponing enjoyment makes for the best payoff! Maybe tomorrow. Side note: No problem! #Geekend
After the fact I did learn the photo is actually his mom. Nothing like a solid commitment to conversation. I hope you enjoyed my Geekend story. A special shout out thank you to Alex J. Sandoval, aka – OMGLX, for playing along and helping create something fun.
Just to set the facts straight, I am married and unavailable. However, I am always available for a good joke and a free drink from a fictional man or women.