Geek of the Month
Name: Randon Gettys
Marital status: Betrothed
If partnered, how did you meet? Twitter suggested I follow her, so I did. Yada yada yada…we’re getting married in May.
If single, where do you like to meet people? I tried online dating websites a couple of times but I couldn’t get girls to talk to me. I even changed my profile pic to a photo of me looking like the Terminator, complete with sunglasses and flattop. Still no luck.
Hometown? Peoria, IL
How did you end up in Peoria? My folks moved the family to Morton when I was 11, and I moved back into Peoria last year because it felt like something was happening. Turns out, I was right.
What makes you a geek? I am a grabatologist—a collector of neckties.
How long have you been <insert geeky activity here>? I have been wearing and accumulating neckties since fifth grade.
How did you get started? I went to private school. We were required to wear neckties on basketball game days.
Favorite movie(s)? I have a lot of different answers for this, but I fall back on The Empire Strikes Back.
Favorite book(s)? Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. So beautiful.
Favorite type(s) of music? Pop; Orchestral; Balls Rock
Favorite band? Weezer
What is your favorite way to spend your Sunday Mornings? Hanging out in my living room with my fiancé, drinking pour overs and reading.
Astrological Sign: Leo Do you believe in horoscopes? Not one bit.
What is your guilty pleasure? Female pop music. My mom would put on 33s when she cleaned the house, so that’s where I had my first influences, like Michael Jackson, Amy Grant, Whitney Houston, the soundtrack to Flashdance…
What is your favorite place in Peoria? My favorite place in Peoria is the West Bluff, because it is the closest thing we have to a sustainable neighborhood. We have a ways to go, but there are a lot of young people who live here that care.
Do you have any pets? No thanks.
Are there any special hobbies you enjoy? My fiancé and I blog about our life/lives as young professionals on a budget with a taste for sophistication. It’s called Class Without Cash (dot com). People seem to like it because they want to believe that there are young people living in Peoria who want more culture than Buffalo Wild Wings can provide. We do exist and most of us live in the West Bluff.
What events does <insert geeky organization that you belong to or want to promote here>? Follow @ClassWithoutCash on Instagram or Twitter to see posts of my necktie steeze.
Questions from previous Peoria Life Geek Fellows:
Who shot first – Han Solo or Greedo? Solo
Who is your favorite bearded person? Albus Dumbledore
Where do you think technology has the most potential for helping others in the future? My hope is that technology will enable people to be more independent of systems that they may not even understand or that they take for granted, or at least technology should enable us to contribute individual efforts to the greater good.
What are you excited about doing with the technology that’s coming? I am looking forward to giving up driving a car. Google can handle it. I have emails to answer.
Who would win in a fight? Superman vs. Batman, but Batman is in a Superman costume and Superman is in a Batman costume because it’s a Halloween party? Superman dressed as Batman would kick Batman dressed as Superman’s ass, then live a double, nay, a quadruple life (!) as Clark Kent, Superman, Batman, and Bruce Wayne. So many layers!
Make up a question for yourself and future geeks columnists to answer? What are you doing to make Peoria into the cultural and economic hub that it once was?