A few years ago I had breakfast with my friend Nir. I was trying to get the attention of the waiter, who ignored me completely, and so I turned to Nir -Â quite a large gentleman, with a shaved head – and asked for his help.
Nir raised one very large hand and in a bellowing voice shouted: “Waiter! Here! Now!”
And as if by magic, the waiter, looking rather nervous, materialised by our table. Nir turned to me and barked: “Order!”
And so it was that, after I ordered, and the frightened waiter skulked away back to the kitchen, that I turned to Nir and said, without thinking: “You know, in Kzinti your name would be Speaker-to-Waiters”.
There was a moment of silence. And then Nir burst out laughing.
It’s the kind of moment you sense your inner geek bursting forth and refuses to be any longer detained. I don’t think Nir ever let me forget that – but what about you? What was your Geek Moment?
Lavie Tidhar is the author of linked-story collection HebrewPunk (2007), novellas An Occupation of Angels (2005), Cloud Permutations (2009) and Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God (2010) and, with Nir Yaniv, of The Tel Aviv Dossier (2009). Heâ€™s lived on three continents and one island-nation, and currently lives in South East Asia. His first novel, The Bookman, will be published by HarperCollinsâ€™ new Angry Robot imprint in 2010, and will be followed by two more.