I was going to object that my mindset as a teenager was very different. But that's not really true. I *did* care what people thought of me -- I desperately wanted them to think I was nerdy and very weird, a slight mellowing of my childhood tendency to vigorously act different from *anyone* around me. (Unlike Nita, I didn't get physically beaten up for this.) I still want to been seen as the weird nerd I am, but I've developed some socially-appropriate restraint in how and when I try to get this message across.