If the 83 at the end of your screen name represents the year of your birth, then you were born after Mt. St. Helen blew her top . . . which is the first thing I thought of when I saw you're from Spokane. :-)
I was in Seattle at the time and remember the ash and eye irritation. I traveled to N.E. Oregon some months later, so I drove through Eastern Washington and saw the devastation for myself. It was incredible.
Anyway, welcome to Think Atheist: the coolest atheist hangout on the Internet.