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At 10:04am on January 4, 2012, Kevin B. Millham said…

Thanks for the friend request.  We nonbelievers in the bible belt have to stick together.  It gets mighty lonely here.

At 11:32pm on January 2, 2012, Joseph P said…

Yeah, my parents were a little off from that.  I'm thinking ... 32 and 30?  Sounds right, anyway.

I guess my mother's big problem is that she's decided she's old and useless.  She's determined that she can only learn things this one way ... which is the exact wrong way to go about learning anything technological, like computers.  Then she wants me to come over and do it for her, since I refuse to try teaching her any more.  -_-

Sounds like one way to handle the internet problem, at least.  In urban areas, you can get sketchy internet by just borrowing a neighbor's wireless.  Particularly if you're in an apartment complex, you can almost always find one moron who doesn't use wireless encryption.  I have a few friends who get their internet access that way.

At 9:58pm on January 2, 2012, Joseph P said…

Heh, I just flip open the mental thesaurus, and my brain spits out whatever seems like an interesting phrasing, at the time.  About 20% of the time, it's even something interesting.

Wow, 82.  Late baby, huh?  I think my mother is 66.  In my case, it was the other way around.  My father died when he was 51 or so, and I've just got my mother left.  Figures, since my father was the one I always got along with well and had everything in common with.

My mother's memory is total crap, but it was never much to begin with.  I guess her mind is more-or-less fully-functional.  She was just never any use at anything technical, and ever since my father died, she's been unable to handle some of the most basic household tasks, even down to replacing the water filter on her fridge.

So, I guess you could say she's working with a higher percentage of capacity than your father, but starting from a lower baseline?  Works out to about the same end-result, probably.

I can imagine the difficulties, going from a suburb of Charlotte to nowhere, WV.  Yay for internets, huh?

At 9:13pm on January 2, 2012, Joseph P said…

Wow, yeah, that's pretty far out there.  I have a client about 5 miles from Waxhaw.  Nice, long run, when her computer last crashed and burned.  We've got several clients scattered throughout the Charlotte area, but tech support is all based out of the Triangle.

I can relate to the fresh start part.  It's been a rocky couple of years, economy-wise.  Or did your fresh start involve a bit of a relationship status reboot as well?  I can see either interpretation.

I did the taking-care-of-an-aging-parent thing, myself, after my mother had her two knee-replacement surgeries.  One of my siblings can pick up the slack, next time.  :-D  I've had about all I can cope with, for the next decade or so.

At 8:52pm on January 2, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 8:28pm on January 2, 2012, Joseph P said…

Aww, jeeze.  Heh.  Why the heck did you go back?  Which part of the Carolinas were you in, anyway?

South Carolina is a bit of a backwater, compared to the North.  We've got at least 200 or 300 people, active at various events, between all of the various groups in the Triangle area.  There are at least four atheist meetup.com groups, if you include the skeptics group.  There's a lot of crossover of membership of course,

Then, we've got the Triangle Freethought Society, which is our political arm.  That group is associated with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Secular Coalition of America through them.

At 7:51pm on January 2, 2012, Joseph P said…
Greetings. Rough place to be an atheist. I don't suppose being in a college town makes it much better, huh?
At 7:34pm on January 2, 2012, Brent Feeney said…

Welcome aboard! =)  Hope you're doing well today...Happy New Year!

At 6:34pm on January 2, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Marlana! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.

welcome
marlana
At 6:13pm on January 2, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi Mariana, and welcome to this wonderful world of rationality, truth and peace. 
True common sense helped by science leads to atheist wisdom as freethinkers know well.
  
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