January 1st, 2007


Random Childhood Memory: "Boycott"

weather: light rain
outside: 5.7°C
mood: calm
The first time I heard someone use the word "boycott" when I was little, I actually thought they said "boyscout". It sounded strange, so I knew they didn't really say "boyscout", but I couldn't figure out what the word actually was.

To this day, when I hear the word "boycott", I still picture half a dozen 'tween boys standing in a row, all in the same little tan uniforms and bright red Orwellian Spy neckerchiefs. They're not doing anything except for the occasional boy who picks his nose and wipes it on his forest green knee-length shorts. They're just standing there while the rest of the world moves right past them and largely ignores them.

It was amusing to me when I realized, as I got older, that this is exactly how most boycotts work out anyway.