I hate that first part of getting to know someone where you have to make up silly unimportant things to talk about. I always want to skip to the fun part and talk about real things (which for me generally concerns figuring out what makes people tick).
I'm a proud to be a nerd. I'm upset that "nerd" has so many negative social connotations. I choose to reclaim the title as someone who is passionate about intellectual matters.
I think that having experiences is better than having things and even a bad experience is worth having (though only once).