It's Not A Stereotype If It's True

diceIn primary school, I was in the gifted program. Apparently I scored high in some standardized test and that led to further tests and the label "gifted". They may as well have labelled me "underachiever and proud of it".

Being in the gifted program meant going to a different school one day a week for special studies with a collection of nerds. Imagine if you took all the smartest kids out of every school in the city and threw them together. It was a total geekfest with (ahem) a few exceptions.

The game of choice among these brainiacs was Dungeons and Dragons. They took it all very seriously, playing roles and blurring the line between fantasy and reality. I laughed at them then, but I just know they're all driving way better cars and raking in the cash today. Damn nerds.

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Been there - skipped grade 5 - born Dec 29/56 & went to High school at 12 years old. Graduated from U of T at 21 years old - a GEEK (depends on your perception).

June 16, 2007 @ 10:00 PM

Mike H

I didn't go to a different school or anything, but I was put into the low end side of a split class for two years (so I was learning alongside those a grade higher than me). The irony is I didn't start playing D&D until about 3 years ago. :)

June 17, 2007 @ 12:13 AM


Hi Mike,

First time poster, semi-occasional reader. Moved to Vegas from Toronto about 4 years ago, and your blog helps me keep up with things back home.

I also was in the gifted program, but I'm pretty sure it was a fluke. I recall guessing on most of the questions, and next thing I knew, I was being bussed to a school in Ajax. Went back to my normal school the next year.

BTW, is that Jami Gertz in that commercial?

June 17, 2007 @ 8:14 AM

Toronto Mike

She does look a little like Jamie Gertz, doesn't she? I wonder...

The rest of the kids all look like total geeks, which makes this the most honest advertisement in history.

June 17, 2007 @ 3:05 PM

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