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I grew up attending a Disciples of Christ (fairly liberal) church, but always considered religion as mere lessons/mythology. I was quickly driven away from "real church" by the anti lgbtqa bigotry and misogyny that I encountered upon attending college.

I am an independent nature lover with a wicked, irreverent sense of humor, and am an unapologetic cat person, who is also drawn to less "popular" things like snakes, frogs, insects etc. I have retired so that I can spend more time enjoying what life has to offer. (“All work and no makes Jack a dull boy”, no?).

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Trumplethinskin says he's going to stop funding for the California fires because of mismanagement, ...
Zster comments on Nov 11, 2018:
He is a truly horrible person.
“Nature doesn't ask your permission; it doesn't care about your wishes, or whether you like its ...
Zster comments on Nov 11, 2018:
I've heard that "The Brothers Karamazov" is excellet. I hope to get it read. I enjoyed "Crime and Punishment" a lot more than I expected to.
Foghat - Slow Ride [youtube.com]
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
Serious rock!! Takes me back to pretty darned young.
Jist chekkin'....
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
I can totally relate! (Jasper, Jack, and Nova)
Cat Logic
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
They also have trouble telling TIME for some reason. Breakfast has NEVER been served at 4AM in this household. (;
Cats Who Like Heavy Metal
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
OMG! The deathcore entry is killing me!
How do you celebrate holidays as Atheists?
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
We cook and eat! (desserts, special main dishes, etc...). We also do some low key gifting, and have a music mix that we ONLY get out from Thanksgiving day +1 to New Year's. Mostly, we relish not having to attend work or school, rest, and enjoy each other's company.
Stages of happiness... with Sumatran whole bean coffee from the rich volcanic shores of Lake Toba.
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
I just tried Sumatran for the first time, ordered it as my usual espresso roast was on back order. I can not believe I've missed out on such rich flavor until now!
My cousin wanted this, I thought I'd share.
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
Love it!
Coffee gives you energy ☕☕☕?
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
Yes!!!!
Bad weather.
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
Made me choke on my coffee!!!
Anyone a fan of The Great British Baking Show? It's awesome (despite being "reality tv"). Season 6 ...
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
I've binge watched all available seasons, as soon as each comes out. I miss the old cast, but enjoyed the new members this latest season.
So I'm driving 40 ft 15 ton yellow vehicle and I get cut off in morning rush traffic by a SUV with a...
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
Hmpf... looks like god created man in his own image after all! If that's how god drives, I sure see lots of human drivers who emulate his style.
Still gross to hear it, for me anyway. Lol
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
OMG! That's a fabulous new context for that clip!!!
The Aliens land from millions of light years away. The first thing they observe is our way of ...
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
I'm thinking that they just might be right!
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
"Peeve" would be a GREAT name for a pet! (;
Has anyone seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet? I saw it today and was really impressed! Don’t wait for ...
Zster comments on Nov 10, 2018:
Yes! It was very well done! It was nice that it was about the band, not just Freddie. The music took me straight back to my middle school through undergrad years.
then there's this cheeky fellow, one of a whole tribe of eastern water dragons, basking in the sunny...
Zster comments on Nov 9, 2018:
Wow!!! We hada Water Dragon as a pet. I would love to see the tribe if you can get more than one in the photo frame. (:
Have any of you dealt with alcoholism? I've been drinking every night for over a decade. My dad was ...
Zster comments on Nov 9, 2018:
See a doctor and do it right. There is zero shame in it being on your medical record, compared with never quitting. Like you, I drank daily for decades and started every single day with nausea. I quit (alcohol) at age forty. In my mid 50s, I look and feel much more youthful than many my age. My father lived to age 76 after quitting alcohol in his fifties. My only sibling and sibs by marriage have not quit. All three are currently dealing with life threatening health problems (cirrhosis, heart failure, pathologic fractures) that will likely cut their lives short. It makes the family horribly sad, but we each get to make our own choices.
What do people assume about you before they get to know you? Are they right?
Zster comments on Nov 9, 2018:
Either that I am promiscuous or stupid. Neither is true.
Already getting tired of this fucking Xmas music they play where I work.
Zster comments on Nov 9, 2018:
It's a bit too early for my taste. Also, holiday music spans a wide spectrum of all sorts of genres. It does not HAVE to suck, but businesses sure do possess a knack for selecting a narrow range of the worst, and repeating it endlessly.
Has Anyone Seen Bohemian Rhapsody?
Zster comments on Nov 9, 2018:
Saw it a few days ago and loved it! Lots of great music. I enjoyed the balance of coverage between Freddie and the band.
My 18 year old voted for the first time today! Couldn’t be prouder!
Zster comments on Nov 7, 2018:
Mine did, too! (also in GA)
YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE IS: EXECUTIVE (ESTJ-A) What's yours? [16personalities.com]
Zster comments on Nov 7, 2018:
Very ENFP.
What's a NSFW fact about your family or a family member you wish you didn't know?
Zster comments on Nov 7, 2018:
Ugh, molestation of several young kids by certain uncles and older male cousins. A four year old cousin was molested in the same bed that I was feigning sleep in. I was six and terrified. I told my mom in the morning. She believed me and followed up, but that resulted in our being ostracized from family, including the mom of the four year old. Now, the victim says that was the start of YEARS of sexual abuse for her.
Who Were You In High School?
Zster comments on Nov 7, 2018:
Honors student (STEM and writing), band geek, visual arts. I marched to my own drum and was surrounded by fellow band kids and artists who relished being odd. I had good times, but have zero desire to revisit it. No reunions, thank you.
What's your best get-rid-of-hiccups tri-hick? asking for a hic friend?
Zster comments on Nov 6, 2018:
Drink a glass of water from the far side of the glass. I've never had it fail. There is entertainment value in it as well.
I've never understood why people talk on the phone in places like stores... I'm of a generation that...
Zster comments on Nov 6, 2018:
If I am on my phone in a store, it's almost always to discuss what to buy. Sorry if that can be construed as rude, but it can be nice to run such things past the person who will share the purchase with me.
Anyone have plantar fasciitis? What helped? I've self-diagnosed myself--pain in my left arch, ...
Zster comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Mine did not resolve until I got custom orthotics made. My daughter was the same way. I battled for several years, watching my weight, stretches, well supported low shoes, nothing helped (esp the first step in the morning). I hope that you find relief!
Last Concert
Zster comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Most recent (Friday): Gary Clark Jr. Fave more recent show: Lord Huron. One of the greatest of the many I have been to: the Kinks, back in the early 1980s. Stevie Ray Vaughn put on one heck of a live show, back in the day, too. I am darned glad to have seen him when I could.
On a first date do you go Dutch (share the bill)?
Zster comments on Nov 4, 2018:
I always offer to split, but will defer to the one who did the inviting on the date if they feel strongly about it, unless I am picking up a creepy vibe and want to avoid being in an "owing" situation.
From the wtf desk...
Zster comments on Nov 4, 2018:
I don't think he/she understands the definitionof "open minded"...
Have you done the Myers Briggs?
Zster comments on Nov 4, 2018:
I don't care for labels on my profile. Having spent years on a site where most identify by their MB type +/- their enneagram, I did not find such info real helpful, except as a conversation topic. (: I am an ENFP, by the way...
Sitting it out at the beach in a gale.
Zster comments on Nov 4, 2018:
Video? What is the wave height today? ( I envy you such an awesome demonstration of nature's power!)
A murder of crows
Zster comments on Nov 2, 2018:
Wow! That's a large murder!
I met Cheryl on Halloween night, 1981. We were married the following March, on Friday 13th. She ...
Zster comments on Oct 29, 2018:
My kids are beyond Trick-or-treating age now, but... when Dave passed from cancer on Oct 30, 2006, both kids (then ages 6 and 9) still wanted to do the whole door-to-door tradition. It was very hard to do.
Are You Having A Typical Monday?
Zster comments on Oct 29, 2018:
It was a typical exhausted Monday following my usual sleepless Sunday night. My goal is simply to make it to 5PM without breaking anything. Today I succeeded!
Is your company laying off your newly made friends faster than you can make them? Is it out of ...
Zster comments on Oct 26, 2018:
Not that I know of (yet), but they certainly laid ME off...
Experience 2001: A Space Odyssey on one of the biggest screens in the UK, with 10 times the image ...
Zster comments on Oct 26, 2018:
The last minutes of the flick would be awesome viewed that way! Envious...
If you could have any sci-fi gadget or technology, what would you choose? I choose: a Culture ...
Zster comments on Oct 25, 2018:
A hollowdeck (since universal translator, aka babelfish, was already mentioned).
Halloween Celebrations Have Begun! I play Guild Wars 2 and today is the start of the games ...
Zster comments on Oct 16, 2018:
My daughter is saving up for a Gryphon skin for GW2 Halloween. Have fun!
"I finished shedding. Admire me!"
Zster comments on Oct 14, 2018:
She's a beaut! I envy you your climbers. My kings and bull tend to be all about burrowing.
Wheelbug (Arilus cristatus)
Zster comments on Oct 14, 2018:
One of my favorites. They almost look steam punk!
Who Do You See in Concert?
Zster comments on Oct 14, 2018:
Jimi Hendrix!!!!
1985 Top Hits-What Are Your Faves?
Zster comments on Oct 14, 2018:
Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Ah-ha, and Chaka Kahn are the only ones I like from that list. Mainstream pop and I parted ways in the 80s, and the gulf has widened more since then.
Post your photo ?? please share.
Zster comments on Oct 14, 2018:
Bailey, chompin' on a catnip bag (that he pulled out of a toy).
Has anyone every given financial support for something on kickstarter? I've always wanted to, but ...
Zster comments on Oct 13, 2018:
I really loved kickstarter and had good experiences early on. Later, I donated twice to what ended up being false "causes" (terminal illness, and another raising $ for the marching band). In both cases, someone that I both knew and trusted took the money. I will no longer donate that way.
After Almost 40 Years Polio Might be Back in the United States | Katie Paulson
Zster comments on Oct 12, 2018:
Many living now have no idea the demon that polio is. I realize this is only a related virus, but wonder if full vaccination might cross protect or moderate disease. Awful!
Which pie is your favorite? Mine is pumpkin ???
Zster comments on Oct 12, 2018:
SO many!!!! Butter pecan (emphasis on butter) Rhubard (without strawberries) Blueberry buttermilk Custard / sugar creme
What was your first job ever?
Zster comments on Oct 12, 2018:
Babysitting. (age 11)
I vote we replace Columbus day with Columbo day. Who's with me!? Oh, and there's just one more ...
Zster comments on Oct 9, 2018:
I'm in!
Stink Bugs
Zster comments on Oct 9, 2018:
EVERYWHERE!!! Stink bugs seem to be the insect of the season, this season.
What is the most disturbing, disgusting or messed up thing someone interested in dating you has ...
Zster comments on Oct 9, 2018:
After I declined to send picts to an online acquaintence, he asked if I would send some of my 10YO daughter instead.
Which superpower would you choose?
Zster comments on Oct 9, 2018:
Tough to choose 1... Reading ANIMAL minds might be cool; breathing underwater, or, I know! Shapeshifting! Then I could also understand other animals and breathe under water (in certain forms).
Which states have you visited?
Zster comments on Oct 9, 2018:
The only ones I have yet to visit: VT, NH, OR, NV, and AK.
What's on your pasta?
Zster comments on Oct 7, 2018:
I seldom have pasta due to carb restriction and have to avoid tomato and red meat for GI reasons. So, I like to sautee some zucchini and mushrooms to toss with cauliflower gnocchi and pesto.
Have you had to turn on the heat yet?
Zster comments on Oct 7, 2018:
No. Still needing the AC. Highs around 90.
How do you folks deal with friends that continuously post bullshit on other social media sites? ...
Zster comments on Oct 6, 2018:
Unfollow unless they are hateful with it, then unfriend.
Lol I wish they could get Monty Python on Netflix
Zster comments on Oct 4, 2018:
I just read yesterday that NF just got some Python movies. So, maybe...
Which pet do you have?
Zster comments on Oct 4, 2018:
Four cats, five snakes, one pygmy hedge hog.
Janis Joplin died 48 years ago today. [youtube.com]
Zster comments on Oct 4, 2018:
My fave of hers. It really shows off the band's talent. https://youtu.be/guKoNCQFAFk
Life is basically avoiding people who have seen you naked... While trying to find new people to ...
Zster comments on Oct 4, 2018:
Well THAT sure simplifies things! (;
After 3 years on a variety of dating sites I have discovered the rule of 18. I browsed 100s if not...
Zster comments on Oct 4, 2018:
Interesting! I wonder if the bias toward younger men reflects fear of being widowed by guys much older. There also could be a higher apparent (might not be real) leaning toward conservative, religious, or patriarchial attitudes toward women as a man's age increases. Of course, it seems that men tend to want to date younger women as well. Perhaps both genders are drawn to the beauty +/- sexual vibe of those "in their youthful prime". It might be interesting to ask and see how folks answer...
What was the first album you ever bought?
Zster comments on Oct 4, 2018:
"Destroyer" by Kiss: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destroyer_(Kiss_album)
Every fucking cell phone in America. The ego on this guy is insane.
Zster comments on Oct 3, 2018:
I was in training when approximately 50 phones went off simultaneously. It reminded me of "The Lawnmower Man": https://youtu.be/mWdlNTrz2oM
Smarter children,?
Zster comments on Oct 2, 2018:
My son sure is (all high As, aces exams, valedictorian, etc). He is also more ambitious and disciplined. My daughter is more talented than either of us, and that's saying a lot.
"Redneck" and "Babe" on Flowering Ginger, Hemanthus albiflo "Leaf" on Coffee
Zster comments on Oct 2, 2018:
Leaf has a gorgeous long tail! They all look terrific!
More pics of little snakes. Ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus), Northern watersnake (Nerodia ...
Zster comments on Oct 2, 2018:
ADORABLE!!!! Where I live, we get both yellow and red ring necks. I've found both in my yard. Love them!
Has anyone been through an appendectomy? How long did it take to recover and feel 100% better?
Zster comments on Oct 1, 2018:
Just got mine out last year. No rupture or peritonitis, but I was allergic to the suture or something they used in there. I felt better almost immediately because the pain was gone. I itched for a month. Got most of my strength back within two to three weeks.
FACEBOOK CRAPOLA - My FB feed is filled with pro-Xian, pro-Trump, right wing rhetoric. Where ...
Zster comments on Oct 1, 2018:
The "don't follow" setting can do wonders for that, as can telling FB to quit showing you material like this or like that. I did that, plus started following some humor sites and it worked! FB is basically just entertainment for me, now.
Where do you come down on taxation of the churches?
Zster comments on Sep 30, 2018:
Tax them the same way other businesses are taxed.
Today I had someone tell me, " if you don't spank your kids they'll grow up to be brats". I tried to...
Zster comments on Sep 30, 2018:
MANY of my relatives and people in my geographic area hounded me endlessly about how spoiled rotten my kids would turn out because I did not spank. Mine are now in college and tremendously successful there. Many of theirs have had some pretty huge problems. (not saying there's cause-effect there). Interestingly, my mother voices no small amount of guilt over having spanked my brother and I so much, only to see my kids turn out so well without it.
I'm fairly new to this site and haven't searched through all the old posts yet. This is a topic ...
Zster comments on Sep 30, 2018:
Yep. We love any excuse to gather, eat good food, and act celebratory, if for better reason than having the OPPORTUNITY to gather and eat. (:
I have always encouraged my children to be independent and stubborn. In stubbornness, comes ...
Zster comments on Sep 30, 2018:
It's refreshing to see that some other parents instilling values of independence and thinking over blind obedience and following. In our school system and general area, obedience is king. I think it spills over from the overboard religiosity here.
Patiently waiting for his turn in the box.....
Zster comments on Sep 30, 2018:
I have to wonder how long his patience held. In my household, that cat in the box would have been on borrowed time...
Hairless cats, so many things you could say, but
Zster comments on Sep 30, 2018:
Lol! That just might beat my prior favorite!
Do you think we understand the new generations? Is there such a thing as inter-generational ...
Zster comments on Sep 30, 2018:
As a mother of young adults, I think that while there seem to be skills that are no longer much in vogue, there are also NEW skills that we might not yet see the outcome of. I really think generational wars have always been and almost always underestimate the young to some degree. Time will tell.
To ghost or be ghosted?
Zster comments on Sep 30, 2018:
I try to act early and honestly. A severely hateful backlash, filled with plausible threats or worse can make one think twice about saying anything, though.
I ended up staying home tonight. Both my kids are playing music... oldest at a jazz jam night the ...
Zster comments on Sep 29, 2018:
Treasure this time! I am going through severe withdrawals as my kids are no longer in any bands since they went to college.
This is something that's been bothering me for a couple weeks. I got a call from a family member I ...
Zster comments on Sep 29, 2018:
Come backs are wasted on a closed mind. I would just pity the fool and hope not to see him again for another twenty years.
What is the best way you see yourselves preparing for retirement?
Zster comments on Sep 28, 2018:
I lived below my means, saving and investing much. I have also done my best to eat right and exercise so that I'll hopefully have the health to enjoy retirement. I could retire in as little as 8 months. Less if this reorganization post merger offers me an earlier window.
How many cups/mugs of coffee do you drink per month? This is from a friend's granddaughter who is...
Zster comments on Sep 28, 2018:
48, assuming 20 workdays in a four week month.
Ren fair woot woot
Zster comments on Sep 28, 2018:
Envious! Ours was in April.
They said there was a huge spider outside and I was convinced they were exaggerating.
Zster comments on Sep 28, 2018:
My barn spiders are getting quite large as well... That's a nice one!
Pic of cat escaping flood . . . and human is spot on.
Zster comments on Sep 27, 2018:
Positively fabulous!
What song did your high school band play the most? We spontaneous broke into Louie Louie. But the...
Zster comments on Sep 26, 2018:
"The Horse" was THE quintessential stands tune when (and where) I attended high school! Along with "Hawaii Five-O", "Vehicle", "25 or six to 4". At my second school, we played "Louie Louie" a ton.
So when you give your cats treats do they want you to stay there and watch then eat them? One of my ...
Zster comments on Sep 26, 2018:
I don't think my sticking around is a requirement, but they do seem to enjoy the company at that time.
I'm taking a road trip into the South in November. If any unbelievers feel like getting coffee ...
Zster comments on Sep 26, 2018:
If you're passing anywhere near Athens, GA let me know. It's a terrific town for dining and entertainment! (:
Officially employed in Savannah! First day is october 1st
Zster comments on Sep 25, 2018:
Congratulations! It's an amazing city!
Caught this beautiful rough green snake down in the missouri ozarks in a cave..gently released this ...
Zster comments on Sep 24, 2018:
Beautiful, aren't they? My friend sent me this pic. He often sees them when driving.
Movie quotes?
Zster comments on Sep 24, 2018:
"After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her, and after half an hour I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse." (Virgil Starkwell in "Take the Money and Run")
No racism here <3 Long Tailed Grass Lizard and Green Anole get along fine
Zster comments on Sep 24, 2018:
Most excellent!
Why don’t victims of rape report? Gee, my toddler grandkids reported the discomfort they felt when...
Zster comments on Sep 24, 2018:
Why? Because sometimes the molester will tell the child victim that he will kill the kid's parent if he tells. My child's dad had just died. To threaten his mom was apparently very effective. To this day he wont speak of it.
Anyone here read The Stand by Stephen King? Just about to finish It!
Zster comments on Sep 23, 2018:
Yes! While I was in college I did. It was an excellent read! Kept me at the edge of my seat until the very end!
What have you eaten while not realizing what it was until afterwards?
Zster comments on Sep 23, 2018:
Not so much, but my son apparently ate donkey while visiting China on an exchange. He was not told until after. That meat is a delicacy in that part of the world.
Mine is tootsie rolls. ☺
Zster comments on Sep 23, 2018:
Then or now? Then: Hershey's Special Dark bars.
Anyone recovering from alcoholism.
Zster comments on Sep 23, 2018:
There several nonreligious folks in recovery (from a variety of addictions) in this community. If or when you can look at the member-organized groups, there is at least one for recovery here. Come join us!
So I just had a friend die; one of the first to die of an "old age" related condition: heart attack....
Zster comments on Sep 23, 2018:
I am 54. There is emerging a big division of peers of similar age who, like me, look like older versions (slight greying, a hint of facial lines) of their college selves and those who look VERY old, grizzeled, cannot get around, some traveling with walkers or oxygen. It's unnerving because we are the same age! I realize a significant component = genetic roulette, but, there is a marked correlation with the older looking ones having lived hard (we ALL partied, back in the day) for longer. ALL of my sibs (by birth and by marriage) are facing life ending health issues. It's heartbreaking. I don't fear death as my kids are no longer dependent. I will likely welcome it if or when continued living becomes too painful. Oh, and that 59 = dying too young, but 60 = had a good full life is sort of BS, to my way of thinking. I've known very old 45+ year olds and crazy youthful 70 somethings.
What goes in the picnic basket? Tuna fish and ham sandwiches?soda or tea or water? Do you bring ...
Zster comments on Sep 22, 2018:
For a (hopefully) romantic picnic, definitely bring some sort of dessert! The chocolate was an excellent suggestion! Fresh fruit with honey/choc syrup to dip in can be good, French dessert cheese comes to mind... A sweet bread or piece of cake might do. When I pack for a utilitarian picnic, I never include dessert. Having it included would definitely be different/special.
So...are you really impressed by what car a person drives...like society seems to believe...ladies?
Zster comments on Sep 22, 2018:
Nope. Sometimes I wonder if the car is compensating for something...

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