Saturday, June 14, 2014

About A Poet's Revolver

This is a personal / daily life blog written by Harrison Aye. It's just about whatever is going on in my life, but sometimes I might talk about world events, education, my random observations, and whatever else is on my mind.

I write this blog more for myself than anyone else. When I am someday feeling nostalgic, I can go back and remember my life's twists and turns. However, the shared human experience is important, so I made this public.

It's nice to feel like someone out there might be listening,
even if it's not true. If my blog was private, then I know that nobody would be listening. It's just a nice thought to think that perhaps someone who goes through a similar problem to me might stumble upon my blog and feel better.

So, that's what this is. Just me talking to myself aloud. You can follow by hitting the buttons on the link bar! Thanks for stopping by!

Get to know me in other ways! Check out my links! - This is my welcome splash page, which you can use to navigate to my other pages.

Unraveler Blog - This is my official writing blog. I post about my writing process and my thoughts on other literature.

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Oxyborb - This is my nerd culture, video game, Halloween, and anything weird blog. There's a variety of stuff on here, so check it out!

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Unraveled Sketches on Tumblr - Where I post the sketches I make as I write, and also apparently where I talk about Muppets too often.

 Weird and Creepy Pinterest - A collection of strange images that inspire me.
My YouTube - Sometimes I feel the urge to make weird YouTube videos. They are pretty random.

My Twitter - For random revelations under 140 characters:

My Facebook - This page is more... up-and-coming. I have it set up so that when my writing career takes off, it's ready to go and official. Feel free to "like" it (then you can be there before it was cool, you hipster), but I don't expect to post on it until my novel is published.

My Gumroad eShop - If you want to support me in a financial sense, then I have a Gumroad eShop where you can buy my music, videos, and other digital files. Thank you for the support! It helps me fund my creations! You can buy all of my songs individually for $1, or you can buy the entire CD for $5 (there are 11 tracks!).
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Friday, June 13, 2014


First off, I’d like to introduce my new car:

She’s beautiful and blue and as small as a shoe. 2011 Hyundai Accent.

Most of the last month has been car shopping, for me. I went to every dealer under the sun. It’s amazing how similar each salesperson’s pitch is. “I just sold my son a car, four weeks ago.” They like everything you like. They like to change the topic from car buying to things you like. It’s annoying. I guess, as an English major and communications minor, I am prone to see tactics in interpersonal speech and persuasion. They did not work on me. At the last minute, I managed to talk them down another 500 bucks. Party.

I have a car loan, now.

When I was in Seattle, I hoped that soon I’ve never have to deal with paying for car stuff again. I thought I’d be getting rid of the one up there, since the bus system was so good. It’s not so good in Southern Illinois.

Things change. 

I bought a new video game system. The Wii U. I love it. I have been doing yoga on it every day. I’ve been eating vegetables. After I moved back from Seattle to here, I fell off the health wagon. I want to get back on it.

I have a list of things I want: A new hat. A hat specifically for work. HD camera. PS4. Wii Blue Remote. CD case. CD car for car mirror. Burnable CDs. New notebook. New professional artist grade drawing pens. Binders to sort my novel notes. New Dry erase marker holder. Other, more embarrassing, things that I don’t want to list publicly on my blog.

I cross them off my list as I go. I don’t buy the first items I see. I am frugal. I shop around.

I don’t waste money. 

I do not make a ton of money. I am a teacher, after all.

I bought clothes. I haven’t bought clothes for any other reason than work over four years. I have four new polos, three new T-shirts that are only for social occasions. I have twenty-five pairs of new socks. I trashed my old socks. I have two new sets of gym wear. I have four new pairs of shorts. I have new sneakers and new flip-flops. I have thousands of dollars left over in the bank. I pay my bills on time. My list is almost completely crossed off.

Is there a point to me saying all of this? Yes, and it's not to brag. This is, after all, not an insane list. This is normal stuff people need every day. My point, I guess, is that money doesn't make you happy. I am happy, but not because of the fact that I can take stuff home. It's the control. The feeling that there's only one person who sways my destiny, and that's me. I can buy a shirt because I know I am smart enough not to bounce checks. Four+ years and I finally have a new shirt that I can wear to a bar and not look like a dunce. Four+ years and only now is my savings reaching a peak. Things changed for me, and I am happier for it.