About… me (who else?)

Ryan A. Hörst

Let’s see… let me tell you a little about myself.

Male. Born in the June of ’81. I like all things outdoors – hiking, rock climbing, camping, hunting, etc. I’m into martial arts (not just the Asian martial arts, either) and take Tae Kwon Do (Moo Duk Kwan style) at least twice a week.  I also like guns. All kinds of guns. Big fan. Huge fan, actually. I also like bullwhips, tomahawks, and long knives and own several of each (a few that were more expensive than some of my guns).

I’m a bit of a nerd (that’s a lie, I’m a huge nerd), so I summarily like the sci-fi and fantasy genres. I’ve loved Star Wars since I was old enough to know what an Ewok was, and that’s just been my “gateway drug”, so to speak, to the other great sci-fi flicks such as Stargate, Firefly/Serenity, some of the Star Trek shows, the Aliens saga, Battlestar Galactica, etc… For fantasy I have The Princess Bride (though my true love is Princess Aurora [a.k.a Sleeping Beauty]. Don’t laugh… she’s hot), Lord of the Rings, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, etc… Somewhere in between is my comic book nerdom. My all-time favorite super hero is Batman, and I love the two movies that have completely reinvented Batman as a film hero (you know… since those other four don’t really count).

I’m also very big into roleplaying games (more nerdom here), specifically those put out by Wizards of the Coast: Star Wars Saga Edition (discontinued in 2010), Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 and 4th Editions, d20 Modern (discontinued in… I forget), and Mutants & Masterminds 2nd Edition by Green Ronin. They’re just fun. It’s like… “let’s pretend”, with rules, and for adults (it’s how I justify it… shut up). It’s very hard to find a good group to game with, though. Trust me on this one, you can’t just game with any group of people. Now, before I give off the wrong impression, I want to waylay what a lot of you think is roleplaying. I’m not running out into traffic with the old Nintendo blaster trying to shoot the “robot invaders” that have taken the form of a semi-truck, nor am I terrorizing squirrels in the city park with my wooden sword because they might be were-squirrels (though I’ve got a few theories about the squirrel menace if anyone’s willing to listen). All my buddies and I do is sit around a table rolling some dice and drinking soda and eating cheetos (my personal favorite). We are not “LARPers” (which stands for Live Action RolePlayers). Those punks are freaky… and should have their lunch money stolen for giving gamers a bad name.

I’ve got a very old-fashioned/traditional way of thinking.  I believe women are to be treated with respect.  Things like opening up car and building doors for women, standing when a woman sits or leaves a table at dinner are important to me.  I also believe that a man should be able to protect his family (to include significant others), even if they are capable of “protecting themselves” as a lot of people are so fond of saying.  This does NOT just mean from physical attacks, but emotional, mental, and spiritual as well.  I believe in being adequately prepared for possible emergency/disaster events, such as widespread power outages, water-main breakage, four feet of snow, etc. This means having plenty of food/water on hand, as well as emergency CASH and other supplies/amenities.  I think people now-a-days rely WAY to much on the hope that the government will be there to help and take care of them in a bad situation.  Self reliance and responsibility don’t seem to be high on the list of values anymore.

A word about my banner. Some pop-culturally astute readers might recognize the resemblance between my banner and the “House, MD” tv show logo (thanks to my buddy Trey for making it!). And you would be very astute, indeed. Up until about the Fall of ’07, I had never seen an episode of House, but I kept having friends and family (my mother swears this) tell me that we are VERY alike – quick-witted, brutally honest (occasionally to the point of being mean), doesn’t mind hurting people’s feelings if right, stand-offish, sarcastic, right 98% of the time, that sort of thing. When I got a cane for my knee injury I received in the Army (I periodically walk with a cane, yes), it was inevitable that a lot of people started calling me “House”. So, I started watching it, and lo and behold I noticed the similarities myself… and it was a little scary. Kind of cool, but still a little scary. However, pretty much if you like the character of Dr. House, you’ll like me.

So there you have it. A little bit more into my life. Welcome to my little corner of the internet. Just don’t try to get too close and things won’t get any uglier.


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