Old nerd

Back in the 1970s, when I was a teen-aged nerd, being a nerd was horrible. People made fun of you, you couldn’t talk to girls, you probably had bad clothes and bad glasses.

Being a nerd when you’re in your 50s is entirely different. You’re probably being paid for many of the qualities that made you a nerd in the first place.

There’s no need to (attempt to) hide your nerd status, since everyone around you already knows you’re a nerd and accepts you for that. Besides, there’s a lot more social acceptance for nerds and you are also probably hanging around with–or are married to–other nerds.

You may also find that you just don’t care as much what people think of you!

I guess that I’m a centrist now

My friends in party X assume that I’ll agree with them that the adherents of party Y are credulous buffoons because they follow the—presumably evil—leadership of party Y. It would be easier for me to do so if I’d not seen that party X’s membership is just as credulous. Years ago, I’d never have thought of myself as a centrist, but it seems to me that most people are far from either party’s extreme position, and mostly want to be left alone. At any rate, I remain unimpressed with either party’s fanaticism.