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At 12:44am on January 3, 2013, kelly said…

My family (mostly Catholic) constantly has Fox News on. No kidding, 24/7. I believe they also have it on some nights on the WalMart TVs but I avoid that place so I can't be sure how often...

My father was an alcoholic so my family thought it would be a great idea to move to a place where there is little more to do than drink. Great logic, I know. :P

At 12:26am on January 3, 2013, kelly said…

Around here they all say that the founding fathers were god-fearing, atheist-hating christians. Because, ya know, they knew them personally it seems...lol

I'm from Long Island originally, and I can tell you first hand, where I live now is certainly not a place a nonbeliever wants to live...

At 12:12am on January 3, 2013, kelly said…

Yep, the link is right. Wonder why it is not working for you?

I am just chilling out online for now. Going to head to bed sometime soon, though.

Yeah, Mount Airy is close enough to here. I actually prefer it to Galax as it is bigger. We have strict religious people all over here though. The ones that want atheists out of "their" country...

At 11:57pm on January 2, 2013, kelly said…

Thanks for the heads up, and hi to you too! :)

At 12:23pm on December 26, 2012, Hannah said…

My parents were never too bad about religion. They did tell me to follow Christianity though. I guess that view is different because there was a time I enjoyed Christianity and followed it. But for as long as I can remember I have always questioned the existence of a higher power. And I definitely tell no one I am an atheist. Thank you for the warm welcome!

At 5:58pm on December 24, 2012, Steph S. said…

Hey Joseph - yeah I should have just said profile picture in that case. You are correct.

Yeah - low key for me as well. I don't go all out or anything for the holidays.

At 10:16am on December 24, 2012, Steph S. said…

Hey - you changed your avatar. Nice profile picture. Hope you are having a good holiday with friends and family.

At 12:45pm on December 21, 2012, Erin Walker said…

Final Fantasy X didn't really have armor, per se. Each character had their own accessory. For Auron, it was bracers, and Tidus had shields, but everyone had something different and those were the only two resembling "armor". You'd think they'd actually want some protection, y'know... since they're guarding the only hope to defeat Sin and all... but that's just me.

It's all art. Art that's really good, in my opinion, combines form and function as best as possible. I like a little more realism, in that sense. But, you're right; form beats function if I have to choose.

At 5:56pm on December 13, 2012, Erin Walker said…

Thanks for the suggestion, I just might do that now.

Yeah... I don't understand the not covering vital organs thing, when it's apparent that the universe in question has armor that seems to make a difference. Like... for example, Final Fantasy (again, love the series) number ten, there wasn't really an armor system, so I understand the characters wearing whatever garbage they want.

I gotta feel bad for Light, she has a scabbard punching her in the backs of her thighs every step she takes! That's more than an inconvenience, I think.

At 12:19am on December 13, 2012, Paige Bott said…

Yes, some small towns in Michigan are, and I grew up in one. However, college town life is much easier and people so far seem to be less judgmental 

At 10:19pm on December 12, 2012, Addie said…

Pretty man! 

.. you're welcome, c:

At 10:31am on December 11, 2012, Erin Walker said…

Yes, now that I'm going into college, I think I'm going to make best-friends with caffeine.

If I can avoid Texas, I will. But if I end up with a good job there, at least I have an uncle who lives down there. And, I'm a recluse, so I wouldn't have to deal with it too much.

Bioware is in Canada, I believe.

The "objectification" doesn't really matter to me from a female's perspective. I guess I never really viewed it as that, I just thought it was funny that a bikini protected my from the dragon better than the plate mail.

As you can see, I drew Lightning and use her as my profile image everywhere, and she's not too bad, but her legs are just a bi showy. Now, coming from a gay perspective, I can totally see why men in the industry do this; I guess that's why it doesn't bother me - men are the people who play games for the most part, so made by men for men. Whatever floats their boat! I'll just sit in the closet and enjoy.

At 12:08am on December 11, 2012, Erin Walker said…

Ha ha, yes. Although, I've never tried any of the "three official bans".

There's not much going on in Utah in terms of game development, but there are some, probably indie, groups and we have some branch of EA in Salt Lake City. In all honesty, I'm probably going to move somewhere else as soon as I can. If my dream came true (if it's at all what I think it is) I would be working for Bioware. They make all of the best games in my opinion.

At 12:59am on November 13, 2012, Andrea L said…

Hi! Late reply hahaha. School has kept me busy so far.

I agree, Spanish is extremely important in this country. It kind of feels good that I'm able to understand more people and I can serve as a translator for people who can't speak English. 

I'm not sure what's up with the Nazarene churches either. They're kind of conservative from what I remember.

I had a pretty funny encounter at a Catholic church three years ago. My cousin was getting married. I was sitting in the middle next to the wall next to my sister. We honestly couldn't stop laughing at all the silly rituals and the altar boys. The priest's voice had a singing tone and we kept making fun of it while he was giving mass. I don't know how we didn't get kicked out hahaha!

At 3:47pm on November 12, 2012, Nicky J. said…

Most likely, infact you will find that most of the Caribbean is that way. Jamaica, Haiti etc. And I travel to the US allot too so, I'm not really sure which would be the best.. So far I think the northern states like New York are better. I would like to move to Canada but for someone who grew up in constant heat, I'm a big wuss when it comes to the cold and snow! lol

At 10:35am on November 12, 2012, Nicky J. said…

Hi! Nice to meet everyone here.. and well, its actually the opposite really... In a way its much more religious than the US.... Much, much worse...

At 12:28am on November 11, 2012, Becky said…

No apologies needed. My week has been pretty crazy too. Actually pretty crazy is an understatement. I haven't even been back on here. Ugh.

Yeah, my family is a bit crazy, but that's a long story. JWs don’t provide any serious education. They have a two week “pioneer school” for people who have just completed their first year in full time preaching. Yes, I am the product of pioneer school. They also have a program they call Gilead, to prepare people to be missionaries in other lands. I think Gilead lasts a few months, enough to get the basics of a new language. Other than that, there’s elder’s school. I never would have qualified for elders school for gender reasons :) In reality, JWs expect every member to preach, although they recognize that not everyone will preach full time. They strongly push everyone to make time for full time service when possible, but they know that people need to eat. They do frequently remind members of the scripture that says “having sustenance and covering, be content with these things”, with the advice being that members should put service to god above materialism. There’s really not enough room here to explain just how far they’ve gone with this.

I can’t say going to school despite my parents says too much about my character. I didn’t go back to school till I was 29, and then it was absolutely necessary, because I knew I would be leaving my husband, and I couldn’t afford to raise my son on a minimum wage job. Your joke about wives being slaves was maybe a slight exaggeration, but still, amongst JWs wives were to be obedient to their husbands, and my husband complained that I wasn’t “submissive enough”. Yuck! By their standards, he’s right. By my standards, why the hell should I be submissive at all?!?!?! That just didn’t settle well with me. It was what I had been taught to believe was right, and I felt guilty for not being a “good enough” wife, but I still couldn’t be his servant. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a servant, but servants are not members of the families they serve…

I really don’t know what happened in Salem, except that people used fear to justify the murder of innocent people. I don’t understand how anyone could do something like that. I have a bad habit of imagining being a person in a story like that, but I can’t even imagine what would be going through the head of someone who coolly sends someone to death, on such ridiculous pretenses.

I hope your week was good. Three day weekend! Yay! I'm still contemplating a trip to San Francisco tomorrow. I love the city, and even though it's a bit of a drive, there's an amazing pizza place that I haven't been to since January. Mmmmmmmm.

At 11:09pm on November 10, 2012, Addie said…

Lol, you wimp.

At 11:03pm on November 10, 2012, Addie said…

YES!

I'll wear one too, and we can have a cow patty fight ;D

At 9:55pm on November 9, 2012, Addie said…

LOL I can only imagine you on a farm.... xD

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