My hero wears a neon green headband.

by Janelle Hanchett

I love geeks.

Because check it out. Geeks are never actually geeks. We all know this. Isn’t this the first profound observation any of us make – that non-conformity is actually cool and “being cool” is totally uncool, since it means subscribing to a set of arbitrary rules created by masses of the general population, which, we all know, is comprised of idiots.

And yet we think if we have this one thing we’re gonna be cool and people are gonna look at us and say “oh look. A cool guy.”

Let’s take a moment and reflect on Tyler Durden. “You are not your job…you are not how much money you have in the bank…not the car you drive…not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis.”

Thanks, Tyler.

The thing is that I appreciate anybody and everybody who is just doin’ their own thing. Unless their “own thing” involves hurting people. Those people can suck it. I mean just living. Doing what they please. Enjoying things because they enjoy them, not because they think it’s the thing to do. Doing what THEY think is cool, whatever that may be.

Take, for example, this guy:


 I freaking love him. There is no possible way an individual could get more “geeky” than this guy, and I know people were walking by judging the hell out of him. Good Lord almighty he’s wearing neon green head & wrist bands & sunglasses to match the neon green accent on his shorts. And he’s greased up and all tan playing volleyball.

And he’s LOVING IT. And therefore, I love him. He’s rockin’ it people. He’s owning who he is and what he is and he’s got no shame or qualms about it and THAT my friends makes him a bonified badass. He’s the Tyler Durden of the beach scene. He’s just having fun, giving a quiet “fuck you” to all those hipsters out there with their fedoras and bad attitudes. He’s matching. He’s sweaty and covered in sand.

He’s my hero.

We saw him at the beach and had to photograph him we loved him so much. And I figured I could put him on my blog since his face isn’t showing. Plus I highly doubt he reads my blog.

But if by some chance he is reading this, let me just say “Cheers to you, matching neon green accessories volleyball player guy.” (Yes, I was hailing those Budweiser commercials.)

You give me hope.

You are a guiding beacon of light to all of us wannabe geeks.

And someday, if I ever grow a pair, I’ll wear coordinating shorts, wrist & headbands. Until then, I’ll just respect the hell out you for just not giving a shit.

10 Comments | Posted in nothing to do with parenting. | August 31, 2011
  • Christina

    Did I tell you how much I LOVE YOU! You rock.

    BTW I also love Tyler Durden. He rocks too.

    I was thinking we may have been separated at birth. Or maybe I just think you are the “Geek” that is cool. I’m not sure.

    • renegademama

      We were separated at birth. I have proof.

      I was going to tell you but I thought you might find it disturbing.

      Tyler Durden is the hottest freaking man alive. Yes, I know, it’s actually Brad. BRAD is the hottest. My husband and I have a cheating clause regarding Brad Pitt: If he ever wants to have sex with either one of us, we totally get to do it w/out getting in trouble, because it’s Brad Pitt. Duh.

  • Kateri Von Steal

    …OK. Neon Green Beach Volley Ball Man… from the back/side profile… kind of hot.
    Just saying.

    He can be as geeky as he wants, being all super matchy-match… I don’t care, because he looks like that… at this point. He doesn’t even NEED a personality!

    **shakes head rapidly**

    Sorry, I had a girly moment.

    I love people who are super comfortable in their own skin…
    I love when these type of people OWN their look…

    Great post.

    • renegademama

      Oh yeah. Don’t get me wrong. The guy was good looking for sure. Just SO not my type. And so matching. And most likely gay. Right? That hot, matching, etc.

      Just sayin’.

      P.S. I love your comments, Kateri. You crack me up.

  • Michael Ann Riley

    I thought you were actually joking about him being a geek because, well, look at that body! I didn’t even notice the matchy-matchy neon green things!!!

    Totally agree with what you’ve said here. Have you see those videos of Dancing Diana? Totally doing her thing, not caring what anyone thinks. Check her out!

    • renegademama

      She rocks. I love that.

      And no, I wasn’t kidding. But yes, he was a very good-looking man. Perhaps you had to be there to experience the full weight of his matching-ness. And I suppose I’m using the term “geek” a little differently than its traditional sense – not so much “nerd” as “somebody who’s doing something that isn’t considered “cool” – and matching neon green accessories? Def not cool! 🙂

      But he is. And so is Diana. thanks for sharing.

  • MamaBee43

    Wow! That guy is hot! But the Wow! is really for your blog! I love it! I am realizing lately that I just really appreciate people telling it like it is, no holds barred! Thanks for a fun post to read!

    • renegademama

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I’ve always had a tendency to over-share and say the wrong thing at the wrong time, pretty much every time…glad it’s finally being appreciated. 🙂

  • Shan

    Yeah, just gonna say, when I saw the photo and moved beyond the headband, I didn’t notice the matchy matchy. Let’s just say it’s because I grew up in the 80’s, mm’kay?