Tuesday, November 23, 2004

A card carrying member

I did it. I joined the ACLU. "Why?", you are asking. Given the current political climate, it just seemed to be the right thing to do. I've been concerned for quite some time over the rolling back of our rights under the current administration. I guess I felt like it was time to put up or shut up, when it came to my political beliefs. On the whole this organization seemed to match my beliefs in what is right and where this country should be going. Technicaly I'm not a card carrying member, but I will be just as soon as that thing shows up in the mail. ;)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Googling yourself

I can't help myself. Every once in a while I pull up Google and type in "Aaron Hoyt". I know it might be a little narcissistic, but I can't help myself. Every time I do it, I'm more and more amazed by the stuff that I find when I do. I've been on the net for close to ten years now. I can find the first evidence of myself going back to about 1997. Some of the stuff is funny, like this one at Salon. Here's one. Why was I working the day after Christmas? I wonder if this guy is somehow my relative? What creeps me out is finding stuff like this (that's not me by the way). It's just weird to think that there might be some other "Aaron Hoyt" out there that might be living a vaguely familiar life to my own. Or at least one familiar enough, that I had to stop and read twice to make sure that I wasn't somehow involved in some legal case in Arkansas.


Man. I really hate this time of year. Pretty much from late fall, until spring, I'm in a funk. This happens every year. Unfortunately that funk is compounded by the fact that I'm expecting the funk. Yeah I know funk isn't always a bad thing. Just ask Bootsy Collins or George Clinton. OK. Not that funny.

This year, my mood seems to be further compounded by my social/romantic situation. I'd really like to start dating again, but I don't think it would be fair to subject anybody to me while I'm in such a foul mood. I'd like to wait until I feel more right with myself, but what if that's what I really need to feel that way. I'm not saying that my mood depends on that sort of thing, but it would be nice to have some sort of distraction. Ok, maybe distraction is the wrong word, but you know what I mean.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Furry woodland creatures, and am I an alcoholic?

OK. First off, I had the most amazing experience this weekend. I was just sitting there on my couch watching the tube. I look up, and out my back windows. What do I see? The biggest buck I'd ever seen in my life. I run upstairs to grab my camera to try and get a picture of the thing. By the time I got back downstairs and outside it had wandered into my neighbors yard. I went to get a picture, but he saw me then, and ran away.

I know that we share this world will all forms of life, but I think that I often forget that not everything is totally subject to the organizational influence of humans. I should expect that "nature" is going to pop up here and there.

Second of all this weekend I went to a charity pub crawl. This was about as much fun as I could imagine. I met some very interesting people, and had a great time. I even met a couple of interesting girls at this event. One in particular caught my eye. She had very striking features, which were accented by her long black hair. The most striking feature of them all were the white streaks running through the bangs of her hair. At the risk of sounding creepy, I will admit to being smitten. That is of course not solely based upon her hair. It just happens to be something that stood out in my mind.

I was talking to my mother this weekend, and mentioned that I went to a charity "pub crawl" this Saturday. I explained to her what this was. I then began to get a lecture from her and my sister about being alcoholic. While I'll admit to having a drink every now and again, I don't think I qualify as an alcoholic. A drunk maybe, but I think calling me an alcoholic is going a little too far.

Thursday, November 04, 2004


What does it take to become a citizen of Canada? I know this sounds nutty, but I actually looked into this. Don't get me wrong. I love my country, but I love it like you love a friend that annoys the fuck out of you. The fact that Bush was re-elected disappoints me greatly, and I'm really concerned about the direction that the social environment in this country might go. So anyway, my first reaction was, "What other countries are reasonable alternatives?" Canada looks nice. Maybe a little too cold though.

Anyway. I think I'll stick it out for now. Maybe this country isn't beyond redemption, but the fact that 51% of all people thought Bush was a better choice than Kerry makes me wonder.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Why am I so worked up over this?

OK. I've had to make a deal with myself. I'm not going to watch the news until at least 11 o'clock on Tuesaday. Hopefully by then the election will be more or less over, and I can forget about this. I keep checking the news sites to see if there's any new info. No stupid. They haven't even started voting yet. My stomach is in knots and I'm sweatting bullets.

Why am I so worked up over this? I guess I'm under the illusion that this all makes a difference.