As I was walking to my first college kegger, a tall guy ambled up to me.
“Hey,” he said in that monosyllabic way guys do when we’re trying to appear cool to other guys. “You a freshman?”
I told him that I was. He didn’t believe me. I always looked older than my true age. He kept insisting that there was no way I was just starting college.
“Why would I say that I was freshman if I wasn’t?” I said.
A friendship was born that night over beer gulped out of red plastic Solo cups. Not only did we live in the same dorm, but we also had the same major. We brought things to each other’s lives. He had Super Nintendo. I looked old enough to buy beer without an ID.
It wasn’t just him that I became friends with, but a group of guys with whom I have remained close for nearly 20 years. We didn’t plan it this way, but after graduation we all headed out west to Los Angeles. Because I live at least two time zones from any family members, these guys have become my de-facto family.
Guys tend to form packs, like wolves. We protect each other, offer each other companionship and hunt together. In my pack, we always hung out, ate pizza, drank beer and played video games. We occasionally went out to mingle with other packs and genders. We watched movies. We quoted the Simpsons liberally. We enjoyed making fun of each other, but always out of love.
I can’t imagine those first few years in this city if I didn’t share it with those guys. I can’t imagine it without them now. There is much history between us. We have stood up for each other at our weddings. We’ve provided support in those first rough few months as new parents.
We don’t get to hang out as much as we used to, but when we do not much has changed. We might drink more soda than beer these days and we don’t stay up nearly as late. But we still play video games and watch cartoons. We still quote the Simpsons and we still rip on each other all of the time. Maintaining my pack is as important to me as my family. I would not be complete without my boys.
Our kids now play together. And as friends, we are proudly raising a new generation of geeklings.
--Daddy Geek Boy
What about you? Do you travel with a pack? How long have you known each other? What do they bring to your life that your significant other may not?
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