I know that it's crazy
I know that it's nowhere
But there is no denying that
It's hip to be square
(Huey Lewis & the News)
Admit it: Silicon Valley is the land of the Geek. For startups, this generally translates to things like video games, foosball and table tennis. Now the latest "stress reliever" in Silicon Valley is that old schoolyard game, four square.
The latest oddball pursuit in Silicon Valley - the land of perpetual adolescence - is the classic playground game in which four players occupy squares and hit a rubber ball back and forth with their hands, trying to get each other out and score points.
Four square is in a counterculture league of its own even in authority-bucking Silicon Valley, said Christopher Noxon, author of "Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up."
"Rejuvenile" is a term Noxon coined to describe those who cling to a Clearasil mind-set long past puberty. He says rejuveniles across the country and in brainy university centers like Boston have embraced four square as the "egghead" sport of choice.
So now we have a new term for ourselves: rejuvenile. In fact, the juvenile portion of that terms is even more pejorative than geek - so perhaps we'll just stick to geek.
Anyone among our readership have anything unusual that their company participates in as a "stress reliever?"