April 26th, 2005


The boogie-woogie blogging boy from company UTMB

I got a letter today (actually I got it several days/weeks ago, in BR) from the Republican National Committtee, including a  party census document about several issues, mostly asking if I support the president's various  initiatives and policies.  And of course, asking for donations.  It looks very much like the stuff the NRA mails me every month or so, except without as much fiery rhetoric and without nearly as much republican promotion, strangely.  The odd thing is that I'm not a Republican (as far as I'm aware).  I registered as an independent when I turned 18, registered for the draft, and figured that was the end of that.  But it looks like I've been drafted after all, but by a different army.  Maybe they're just sending me this stuff in the HOPE that I'll register GOP, but the form letter at the top says, "Dear fellow Republican," and has a registration number and voting district code beneath it.  I wonder if there's an opt-out for this little Ponzi scheme, but there doesn't appear to be one on the website.  It reminds me of my trials and tribulations with BMG music service, who had to threaten me with a lawsuit when I was 17 to make me pay my bill, and then 2 years later begged me to join again as a 'preferred former member'. 

It's not that I don't like the GOP or lean republican, because I do on a several issues or debates or whatnot, but not on nearly all of them --  as much as I do get into debates (which is pretty much never).  But as much as my crazy step-grandfather bugs me about registering GOP I'd hate to have him find out someone did it for me.

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Also I realized today that I am going to be stuck in a hotel room in Fort Lauderdale this weekend and next week for ARVO and won't have any access to the internet since I don't thing the room is classy enough for those TV internet things like the Adams Mark has.  My Treo gets all that mess, but it costs a fortune to use it.  My old laptop is probably waaay too old to use (it's a P150 from 1997).  I wonder if there's anything I could install on it to let me get on AOL or something like that.  Is there any way to get on AOL or maybe another route in terms of old versions of software, maybe stored on some dusty server on the net somewhere?  the laptop still works, but I'm sure the software is wayy to backdated to let me online..

Incidentally if anyone's in FLA next week and wants to go beach blanked bingo-ing or something, I'm gonna be bored after 5 every day..