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I am a professional well established in my career. I travel a lot. I am a well fount of useless information. I kid myself that the more esoteric the information is, the more likely I will be to remember it. I am a formidable partner in trivia games as long as we stay away from sports and religion... then I am a dead weight.

I am an atheist leaning agnostic. I don't see any evidence of a creator and I am doubtful of one existing. I have been a nonbeliever ever since I can remember. My parents didn't try to fill me with religion and gave me the freedom to make up my own mind.

Life should be fun and we should relish the chance to be playful. Life sucks enough all by itself and we shouldn't add to that. I am looking for both friends and a relationship.

I am a nerd. I like games, reading science fiction and the history of science, and trying out new things. I was born curious and I like to continually learn.

I am an die-hard optimist. I have 2 children who live with their mother. I see them a couple times a month.

I think I could be accused of both diving into posts I don't really have a dog in the fight for, and also stirring the pot. I apologize in advance, I am and have always been the one to poke it with a stick, with both parties for and against behind me watching and waiting to see what happens. It is the way I am.

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Some years back , I was sitting in a resin chair , with my back to the road , working in my front yard, when a car that had gone past , backed up , parked and a man got out . He has his own , very nice home a couple of blocks away . We have never dated , but after a few casual visits , he stopped by one day and told me he needed money for his group insurance . He had carried this over , when he retired , so it was important that he make that payment in order to continue his group rates . I loaned him the money and he repaid it as soon as his retirement check arrived . After his car was involved in an accident , he wanted to borrow money from me , so he could buy a car . I refused . At a different point in time , he told me he was out of money and needed food . I went to the grocery store and bought him groceries . He got mad because , he said , he was capable of buying his own groceries , I should just give him the money . I replied , I was just trying to help a little and didn't deserve being yelled at . I left , and didn't see anything of him for awhile , although I did see that there is a for sale sign in front of his home . This morning , when I went grocery shopping , I saw him in an isle I was passing . He followed and we stopped for a bit of a chat . Told me his college educated adult son was having serious problems . He suggested that he move in upstairs in my house . I suggested that perhaps he and his son could move in to his own home together . For that matter , ...
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You are much nicer than I am. I wouldn't lend at first. Stay away from him, he sounds like a creep. Awesome come back on your part
Complaining.
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Yes. I never complain. If you can fix it, fix it. If you can't then complaining about it will rarely help. Now there is a difference between complaining and voicing frustration/venting. I too try to focus on the things I can change and the positive things. I refuse to be a pessimist.
Is "Luck" real ?
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I wouldn't be here if it weren't
What to do when stuck on a plane next to someone trying to convert you?
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I am usually reading a book and listening to headphones so people don't typically try to engage me in conversation. My book or podcast is probably more interesting.
Anthony Bourdain Has Died At 61, CNN Says : NPR
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I hate it when someone I like commits suicide; I lose respect for them. I liked the podcast centered around his show- The Trip
I guess I am not very good at relationships as far I can tell . So why do I continue to try to find one? Does anyone else feel this way? Sometimes I wonder if I have bought into the idea of it being the person I just haven't met. I k I have many great qualities and a lot to give someone. But somehow it never seems to work out.
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Yes
Song Dedication
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The saddest Phil Collins song out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkGg1bzfSys She will be unnammed. But she is out there. :)
You decide the consequences..
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Colonize the Moon. It would be a great but dangerous second chance. Or colonize Mars or Venus. I'd make the jump to space the modern day Australia
This beautiful girl came in at my work this weekend. She was a bit scared at first but I worked with her lots and now she’s doing great. I’m just smitten with her. I wish I could take her home.
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A dog like that makes me wish I had a lifestyle that a dog could fit in.
So how many dates with some one would you have before you would be comfortable introducing them to your family members?
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I would introduce each other once it became obvious there was some potential in the relationship. I don't know what that number would be.
Favorite Author? Just one!
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Ian M Banks
Who's your favorite sexy male/female old Hollywood siren? Mine: Male: Marlon Brando and Kirk Douglas Female: Joan Crawford
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Kelly LeBrock, Jennifer Grey, Stevie Nicks Bill Paxton, Robert Plant, Jimi Hendrix
As an atheist who wants to travel the world, does anyone have tips on countries to avoid (atheism is punishable) or countries to keep my beliefs quiet (atheism is highly discriminated against)? Obviously the middle east is problematic, but are there other areas of concern?
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If you plan to go galavanting about the world sticking your atheism in everyone's faces, I think you are screwed. If you plan to go about the world to experience cultures for their richness, then your beliefs shouldn't play any part of that equation. You will be the guest in their house and it isn't your place to put any value judgement on how they are living. If you disagree with me then stay home. Maybe you are asking about security? There are a lot of bad places that have nothing to do about your beliefs that I would never go.
Where do y'all fall in this? A. No judgement B. My belief is still evolving (however--I KNOW I don't believe in the bearded cosmic micromanage most around me confess to believe in). (You may choose more than one answer)
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Upper left. I can't see any other place to plant my flag honestly. To quote my man Goethe- to be uncertain is uncomfortable, to be certain is absurd.
I've been wondering if I was ever going to find another person in the vicinity of my home that was also an atheist. I stumbled across this site and see that there's actually someone that lives in the same City as me that is also a non-believer. That just makes me happy. BTW, I've been an Atheist since my childhood.
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bowchicka-bow-wow! Go get them! Funny enough, there are so few people in my area that join this site because there are atheists everywhere here. I guess it is either feast of famine, right?
Do You Think We Tend To Over Endulge When It Comes To Our Pets?
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So we domesticated dogs somewhere around 12000 years ago. We took them from wolves who viewed us as prey, to dogs who viewed us as a member of the pack. I often times think that the domestication went both ways. As we put a human shaped hole in the dog's heart, they put a dog shaped hole in our heart. They definitely tied their fate to ours and having a good dog makes the world a better place.
When you question life and all the shit thats involved with life do you reflect on past reflections or failures that you think could have affected on your future life...or do you now adjust with plain sailing now...curious...
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Dude! If you play the woulda, shoulda, coulda game, you will always come up short. Your perspective now, applied to the past is a no-win scenario. Take what you have learned and aim forward. Everyone has made mistakes either from youth and ignorance or maturity and bullheadedness. Whatever... you can't change that, but you can change how you go forward.
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It is one day out of the year. Make her happy. Do whatever she wants. There will be a day when you don't have your mom, take care of her now and check her boxes while you can.
Looking for some good Audio books
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I would recommend "The Unfolding of Language" by Guy Deutscher. "The Disappearing Spoon" by Sam Kean. And "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond. They don't touch the religion aspect of history much, but definitely delve into the forces of history.
I have been approached as a greeter by somebody with a technology issue that has nothing to do with the site itself. As a technohead myself, I know that I can support this new member to achieve his objective. Just in case you are wondering, it is how to transfer an image from his Facebook page to his picture gallery. While this is small beer to somebody like me, it raises the more general question of should we be establishing a technical support group for members in general, and for new members in particular. I would appreciate the Senate's ideas on this. Thanks in advance, ~irascible.
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It would be great if we had an "Ask the Power Nerds" group or option. I am far from an expert, but I could help.
I do not believe in the word.....
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This is perfect for my Paladin though.
The old grizzly advice is true. When hiking in grizzly Country always bring a friend . You don't have to run faster than the bear, but you do have to run faster than your friend.
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It is the same rule for cyber-security :)
What are the 4 Fs of the biology of survival?
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That's awesome
If you have ever been the black sheep of your lot in life and family...does shit stick...because I absolutely hate that expression...big time
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It wouldn't be a phrase if it didn't stick. The only thing I can suggest is to own it and bring it to the next level. Live your life, kick ass, and make it so they can say you are different, but not a failure.
I need some advice. Someone I don't know is texting me photos of people that I don't know. The area code is 830. I asked them who they are. Anybody have a clue? I checked area code-someone in Texas here playing a joke?
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Start texting them random photos back :) Just make sure your GPS location on your phone is off.
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