Once upon a time there was a pregnant lady, and for reasons that no one could deduce at the time, she got very sick just before her due date. The good people who were caring for the lady kept trying to induce labor, but to no avail, and finally it was decided to remove the recalcitrant baby via scalpel, and ultimately vacuum, and out he came, with something of a *POP*, on Friday the 13th, August 1999. From that day forward, the boy proved smart and sweet and very cute, and has developed over the years into a real, and most delightful, geek.
And hey now! The other day I learned that another smart, sweet, very cute geek was born on the very same day: The company ThinkGeek.
I have long loved ThinkGeek, not only because they offer items such as a Tauntaun Sleeping Bag and sold me my beloved “Also, I can kill you with my brain” tee (among many other delightful items) but even more because they’ve always demonstrated real wit about the intelligence they celebrate, and a depth of humanity too rarely seen among the humans who work at and run corporations — take for instance the story of Star Wars Girl, a first grader who, the folks at ThinkGeek learned, was being bullied for liking Star Wars because Star Wars, she was told, “is only for boys.” The ThinkGeekers sent her the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag. And a Wampa Rug. And a Yoda Saber. And then they donated the same items to two separate charities and rallied the Star Wars geek community, who then inundated this little girl with a slew of Star Wars goodies (many of which she and her family then donated to other kids) and, more importantly, a flood of support.
I ask you: What’s not to love?
But then on the boy’s birthday, I learned from a promotional email that he and it were born on the very same day.
Happy 13th birthday to us!
ThinkGeek was founded on August 13, 1999 by a handful of ISP-running geeks who printed up a few t-shirts just for fun. Since then, some things have changed–our “warehouse” is no longer a glorified utility closet–but others haven’t, like the support from geeks like you. It’s an honor to still be around on an ever-changing internet.
Well! The boy was as at least as delighted as I was with this new information. As a young padawan geek, he has much ThinkGeek luv, himself.
So, I couldn’t (didn’t) resist, and tweeted the coincidence out to the world and @thinkgeek, and even invited Timmy the ThinkGeek Monkey (a sticker version of whom lives on the bulletin board in my office) to come to the boy’s bar mitzvah (saying I was sure Timmy would look dapper in a kipa). And lo and behold, @thinkgeek not only responded (as, I confess, I knew they would — in an utterly unsurprising turn of events, they’re awesome on Twitter, too) but also offered to send us a plush Timmy to attend the event (provided we could provide the kipa)!
Offer accepted, Timmy shipped, and hark! What was that that landed on our front porch during dinner tonight, some 55 hours hence? Timmy!!!
Many moons ago, when the boy was but a very wee lad, we made a kipa for his babydoll, Josh. I think that kipa will be pressed into service on Saturday and somehow or another, we’ll be bringing a monkey to services.
So anyhoo. There’s no real point to this, other than: awwwww!
And possibly: If you’re ever going to shop anywhere? Start at ThinkGeek. Because they deserve it. Because they’re awesome.