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Widower, mature student of Social Sciences, father, hero and a damn good egg!
Vehement non-smoker and atheist - well the later bit is why I'm here!
Right now I'm trying to put life back together after the death of my wife, she died back in 2015. My first step was to try a follow in our daughters footsteps and gain an education, or else I'll end up doing zero hour contracts for minimum wage. So, trying for a degree. If romance blossoms through meeting someone, then all well and good, if not then I want some good conversations without phrases about it being 'Gods plan' thrown at me.
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I know this has been asked but my answer has changed and new members here.
Sofabeast comments on Apr 5, 2018:
My late wife... brilliant person, with a loving nature and an intelligence to rival the late Stephen Hawkings. As for someone famous... Thomas Paine And the unknown, the next person I fall in love with (I hope)
MATH IS ABSOLUTE But is it really? I struggle with the simplest math, and I wonder why my brain ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 5, 2018:
Can I suggest teaching it. That has helped me no end... or infinately! By having to explain maths to tiny humans, this activity has boosted my confidence. I still hate long division and times tables, but not as much as I did.
Incest: Immoral or Moral?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 4, 2018:
Morality is mobile. What may be immoral for us today, may not have been in the past or in the future. For now, for me it's immoral.
How would everyone feel about being refused a date because you’re an atheist? Im good friends ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 4, 2018:
Thats a bummer. Happened to me many years ago. Lots of snogging and touching, then "You'll have to let Jezues into your heart"! Well, that relationship didn't last long. On the other side of the coin, I'm not likely to take to a god botherer either. At some point views on invisible friends crops up and bang! One person is packing their bags and much wailing and gnashing of teeth results. My late wife was an open minded pagan athiest, and knew that from the start.
That’s a cool idea :). I’m planning a trip to Northern Europe in fall 2019. I’m thinking of a ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 4, 2018:
I could suggest Scotland, it's like Scandinavia, but with a greater language barrier to Americans...and everyone else! Gaming conventions too! Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. With the benefit of deep fried food and curry thrown in too!
In doctors office and ran into a 26yr old mentally challenged man with his mother. She has him ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 4, 2018:
It is a common hope that the gods will heal, but there are no gods or daemons. No amount of prayer can `cure' autism. Currently there simply isn't a cure. It isn't as if science isn't trying. All that can be done is to give them as great a life as can be. It's what I do for a job! As for the Christian music, well he may just like it. It gives my butt-hole an earache, however when I'm working, its just work. But then I sometimes have to listen to Barney the Dinosaur too!
I’m an older student studying Applied Behavior Analysis. I’m reading quite a bit about how ABA ...
Sofabeast comments on Apr 4, 2018:
As TEECH shows us (in the UK we use SPELL) `When you have met someone with Autism, you have met one person with Autism'. I used to work for the National Autistic Society UK, and they trained me well in engaging with people on the spectrum. I use the principles of ABA daily at work.
What part of the Bible Belt is everyone from?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 4, 2018:
North East Scotland, yes, we have a Bibble Belt here too!
How many people on here actually meet up?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 3, 2018:
I've only been here a few minutes, so no, not met anyone yet. It would be nice to meet someone for a chat at least. Never tried this online dating lark before.
Age Gap in a relationship???
Sofabeast comments on Apr 3, 2018:
* It really depends on who and when, in lifes journey. I wouldn't want to date a lady who is less that ten years older than my daughter. But so saying, the age gap can disappear more once you are all past mid thirties. Minds mature. A close friend of mine has a wonderful wife a decade younger than him. They are a true couple (as my wife and myself were, with me being her `toy-boy') but had they met a decade ago, they were not the grown ups they are today.
What's a phrase you vehemently despise?
Sofabeast comments on Apr 3, 2018:
`Like' being used throughout a conversation without apparent knowledge as to the correct use of the word. The other week I was on a bus hading North out of Aberdeen, when a large group of American female students joined the journey. All was well and good for about three seconds when the continula use of `like' was inserted into their conversations used as a verbal `comma'. It was all I could do not to enter their banter, enquiring as to the exact similarity between `he & her' (he's like and she's like) or else the enjoyment when they like something.