Dear Michelle: Diary of a Geek

Dear Michelle,

I am writing to you to see if you can help me figure out where to go in my life.
I don't know what to do with myself. I have said I want to be more social, get girlfriend, etc. to my social worker, but half the time all I want to do is take walks, play mahjong on the computer, or the like, & rip off the head of anyone who interferes.

I am a geek, and from time to time, do geek projects on the computer (such as writing software to decimal arithmetic to any precision), and I am ashamed of this but I do it anyway. I want to scram from here, but I don't know what to do in the meantime.
I am sending you two pages from my diary. Maybe this will help. Maybe not.

L. R. from Stamford, CT

Dear L. R.,

I don't know if I want to interfere -- 'cause I really need my head! -- but, here it goes, anyhow...

I did (kind of) read through your diary (can't help it -- I'm a curious Handwriting Doctor) and I wasn't surprised to read that you got a perfect score of 800 in math on the GRE examine. The brains of people who are gifted in math and science, not only connect numbers quickly, but they connect elements in their handwriting very adeptly. For example, do you see that your "i-dot" in the words, "dancing," "moving," and "this" is connected to the following letter? Subconsciously, your brain calculated that connecting your i-dot to the following letter was more efficient than not.

Also, your letter "d" curves to the left at the top. This "d" is found in the writing of those who excel at music or writing.

You are extremely gifted, but you need a good outlet for your genius (bopping people on the head will only get you so far). Don't be embarrassed by your talents. Use them. Develop your skills to help the world. Perhaps you can work as a scientist and help cure cancer. Or compose the next great symphony. Or develop the great new computer game or program of the future.

And remember, there's nothing wrong with being a geek. Last I heard, Bill Gates was a billionaire.

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