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    Way out in the country.
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    The Princess Bride, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, His Dark Materials, and The Lord of the Rings.
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    I'm a seeker of truth.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Definitely not the man-made kind...

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  1. Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.

    1. Thurisaz


      Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste well with onions. ;)

  2. Hey Everyone, I had the extreme pleasure of spending around four hours of my night huddled up with a few hundred other people in the local tornado shelter. It was so much fun (sarcasm). Anyway, as I sat in the tornado shelter, I found some time to think about my life, my family, the world I live in, and god. Explosive thunder, turbulent wind, and heavy rain could be heard outside the shelter. Women paced around the rooms with worried expressions on their faces. Men sat looking at the floor in silence. Little kids clutched their moms and dads in tears. The parents tried to calm their children's fears with frustrated efforts. Teenagers sat together in groups trying to 'be cool' in the midst of the storm. Old men and old women sat huddled uncomfortably together wearing solemn and silent expressions while tightly clutching the few worldly possessions they managed to bring with them to the shelter. In the midst of all of this, a happy little boy ran around the shelter playing and laughing. He was wearing a "God is Awesome" t-shirt... The irony of it all was sickening and at the same time, thought provoking. The old adage, "There are no atheists in foxholes", came to mind. I pondered 'life, the universe, and everything' as I watched the little boy run around the shelter... Where was Bible-god in the midst of all of this? Was he outside having a jolly old time destroying the sinful earth he created? Was he proudly standing in the shelter listening to the silent and fearful prayers that his followers were surely sending him in the midst of this crisis? Or, was he taking a nap? After all, an omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient god needs to nap once in awhile, right? Long story short, I came to the realization that the entire world could eventually find itself in the same position I found myself in last night. Hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires, volcanoes, violent storms, and flooding could very well become a real problem for everyone in the world. If global warming or some other unknown factor causes the entire world to be plunged into chaos, what are we going to do? Are we going to sit around and pray that it all gets better? Are we going to brave the storms and thank god that we made it through them alive? Or, are we going to come together and use our minds to figure out real solutions that will protect us and save us from future disasters? Personally, I hope that we as a united people have enough sense to know that we are going to have to protect and save ourselves. In closing, I would like to give a huge 'thank you' to the men and women who built the structure that served to shield and protect all of us from the raging storm. I would like to give a huge 'thank you' to the men and women who designed the tornado sirens that served to warn my family and I that a disastrous storm was approaching. I would like to offer up my praise to the software and hardware engineers who created the technology that allows us to track storms via satellites etc. I also want to give a shout out to the local and national workers who are watching the weather and working overtime to warn us of approaching weather-related disasters. I want to give my biggest 'thank you' to all of the men and women who cared enough to actually stop praying for solutions in favor of actually working to find and implement the solutions that will keep this world alive and well for many ages to come.
  3. I had to take my family to the tornado shelter twice last night... The tornado sirens woke me up at 3 o'clock in the morning. I HATE tornados!

    1. Eugene39


      If you have an opportunity, take a class to become a part of Skywarn. Also learning how to interpret the velocity radar images is helpful. The knowledge takes a lot of the fear out of it.

    2. NoOne


      Having lived in MN, I feel your pain. Stay safe for me :)

    3. TrueFreedom


      That sucks. I wish tornado shelters were more common here.

  4. Trust me Zomberina, I have a feeling you're going to love it... And, by love it, I mean you'll probably feel a strong urge to rage-hate on it. lol It epitomizes everything you just wrote about.
  5. Excellent post Zomberina! You are a very gifted writer. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future. Interestingly enough, I was laying in my bed last night thinking about the ridiculous song by Rascal Flats titled, "Mayberry". I went to sleep pondering how anybody could possibly be comfortable living in the 'black and white' society that is idolized in that song. I woke up today and accidentally found this article. Synchronicity? Mere Coincidence? Who the hell knows. lol All the same, you made some fantastic points in this post. Keep writing Zomberina! You're really good at it. (I'm sure you already know that though, don't you?)
  6. Hey Everyone! Be sure to check out WarriorPoet's Interactive Questionnaire. It's the best thing since sliced bread. :Dhttp://www.ex-christian.net/topic/67397-the-ex-c-interactive-questionnaire/#entry1035703

  7. I've always wondered why you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish? :(

    1. TrueFreedom
    2. Merlin


      lol I had no idea that the REO Speedwagon album with this title is considered to be one of the 50 worst album titles of all time.

    3. TrueFreedom


      hahahaha--great album though

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