I am the kind of person that commits. When I say I’m going to do something, I do it. When I offer to help, I’m all in. My wife can tell you, when we started dating I told her exactly what I expected out of the relationship and I have kept true to those expectations to this day. So when I committed to starting a Sci-Fi club, I took it very seriously. I had never run a club of any kind, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me or slow me down. The first year for the club was fairly quiet. I learned a lot about what works, and a lot about what does not. I’m still learning to this day, but I am committed to making Great Basin Geeks the best Geek support network in existence.
The truth is, Great Basin Geeks is my family. Not my biological one, which I love dearly, but a family that I chose. And while some people would be horribly picky when picking their own family, I chose the path of acceptance. I chose to embrace Geeks of all flavors. I know next to nothing about Anime, but I embrace and welcome Anime fans. I am not a fan of My Little Pony, but I chose to embrace and welcome Bronies. I welcome and encourage Geeks from all walks to join the family.
Not only am I committed to the Geeks, but I am also very protective of my family. I stand up for them. When one of them hurts, I hurt. When one of them cries, I cry. And when people mistreat them, I get upset. When I hear that one of my family has been excluded, I seethe at the thought that some Muggle can’t see how wonderful our family is.
I don’t comment on most threads. Often times I keep myself in check when I have a reaction to something. I try to take a wait and see approach, letting my logic and reason time to sort out my feelings. And often the rest of the family steps up when there is injustice or inappropriateness.
I am sharing all of this because I want every single Geek to know that I am in their corner. I’ve got your back. If ever you need someone to talk to, or a shoulder to cry on, or somebody to laugh with, I’ll be there.
I am by no means perfect, but I am loyal to a fault, and you all have my loyalty.
I love my family of Geeks. They are my brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and my kids. Just like my biological family, I haven’t met every single one, nor do I have every name memorized. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that I love all of you.
I want everyone to know that despite what the Muggles may do or say, you belong. You may not fit in at your place of work, but you fit in here. You may not fit in with your biological family, but you fit in here. There is a place where people embrace you for who you are, because of who you are.
We Geeks are wonderful, beautiful, unique, quirky people that frighten the Muggles. But we make the most wonderful, beautiful, unique, quirky family.
Michael Ford – Founder and President