Well hello there! Just saw Crystal Lake there. I'm originally from Round Lake and used to actually work in Crystal Lake! Anyway, know you are not alone, at least with the younger generation I hale from, MOST of us from that area ended up being atheists. So the world must be changing.
Westy, I know what you mean about nearby atheists, but it's not like there's an atheist church on every other corner or anything. ;)
I'm sitting out here in Batavia, the proud home of the recently-saved Fermilab. Famous for the aforementioned Fermilab, windmills, and the former nut-home of the crazed Mrs. Lincoln. It appears we're a stone's throw away from one another. (Though I might need help from the accelerator to actually get the stone there.)