Love Ayn Rand,too. I'm 40 (but fairly cool, REALLY!!?!).and in Atlanta. Just began reading Crime and Punishment and in the Intro there are references to a few writers who may've influenced Ayn. They are Russian, of course... and there's a Panova lady,too who had similar thoughts. Is there an Objectivist group in your college or military?
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As yet another Ian who writes and is an atheist, I'll add my unsuperstitious good luck wishes to those already offered. And what is the worst butchering anyone has managed of our name? I gave someone my address in Tennessee and got back a letter addressed to "E.N." Some people deserve to believe in God.
Cheers, Ian in SC