I started to read your "Why are you here?" and realized that you are here for everyone else, and I felt a bit selfish. My reason is more of a journey for me and be a part of the community, but you opened my eyes and I got immense respect for you as a person, your position and ambition. Thank you!
I am looking forward to browse through all your stuff here, I have already started looking at some of your photos; yes, I was curious, and I can just say that I wasn't disappointed (oh god) ;)
One other good thing about living in Ohio... since we don't live by a coast... we don't really experience hurricanes. (Only real weather dangers hear are floods, tornados, and bad thunderstorms) (But Cinci is hilly and tornados seem to have issues touching down around the Cinci area.)
Hmmm... well... I guess that just because a place is a good "tourist" place doesn't mean that it's the best place to live. Cincinnati (Where I live) is beutiful in a different way than "MTV SPRING BREAK." If you get my meaning. lol. It's very "green" up here. Cincinnati is full of wooded areas with great nature trails for hiking (outside downtown of course) and interesting wildlife. Also... we do OCCASIONALLY get some tourists up here... but mostly for the "man-made attractions" not the landscape. (We've got King's Island - a big tourist draw, a good aquarium, a zoo and botanical gardens, "The Beach" Water Park, and "Riverboat Tours" on the Ohio River. (Among other things to do around town... of course.) Cincinnati is a relatively "big" city... but nothing even close to New York or Chicago or Miami... etc. I once thought I wanted to leave Cinci... now I'm not so sure... it's just a pretty place and a nice place to live (as long as you don't live in "Over the Rhine.") - Over the Rhine is the "poor" district of Cinci where the buildings are run-down, gangs rule the streets, and someone gets shot like, once a week. But on the East side... if you're a naturey person, you would LOVE it!! My school district was called "Forest Hills" because the area where I live is basically smack-dab in the middle of the woods. You don't notice it in the commercial district of the suburbs, but as you go into more isolated territory... it's like riding into an enchanted forest! ;) The weather in Cinci is weird, though. hmm,... Ppl who are native here know to expect just about ANYTHING at almost anytime! (Although it's an anonamally) it CAN snow here as early as Halloween or as late as mid-April. Also... we've had temps in the 60s in December, on rare occasions. And sometimes it rains for days on end! (Like it is now... I'm getting tired of rain...) But most of the time the weather follows a "basic pattern." Winter "usually" lasts from about late November to early March and summer begins in mid-May and ends in early-September. The average winter temp is about 20 or 30 degrees (depending on the month) and the average summer temp is around 80 to 90 degrees. Sometimes the winter chill goes, like 10 degrees below zero. At other times (most often in July or August) the temp can get up to 100 degrees. So yeah... weird weather here. O.o
Anyhow... I'll post some pics from the internet and my phone of Cinci on my page... if you want to see. ^_^
Thanks for the personal message! It's nice to have support in words rather than just one-way conversations with my therapist. (Who makes me do most of the talking). But anyway... I sent you my email address... send me an email! ^_^ But don't freak if I don't answer immediately... sometimes I don't check my email for a couple days. So... how are you? BTW... I think you're right... your younger bro is a LOT like mine! My bro is the middle child and basically "obsessed" with his "faith." I put up with it... as long as he doesn't make remarks like he did in my "rant" I posted Saturday. Your profile says you live in Florida... I live up North in Ohio. How's Florida? I only went there once on a marching band trip at the end of December for the "Outback Bowl" in Tampa. It was refreshing (and a little strange) for me to see ppl walking around in tanks in the middle of winter. (Ironically... just before we left... back home we had a HUGE snow storm that year. My best friend and I built an "igloo" in my backyard... or we tried to. (We never got the top part right. :P) So... what's it like LIVING in Florida?
Thanks for the support. Also... I just switched to biology major... so it's too soon to tell how I'll feel about it in college. However, I was fascinated with it in high school... and ran into a die-hard creationist who told me I was going to hell for believing Darwin... which only made me more determined to pursue Biology. LOL!!! Stupid Fundie.
Thanks for the comments on my story... I made it at the beginning when I was first becoming disillusioned with the church. It was before I became atheist, though, I just thought I had wrong church... he...he... guess not. Well I'm an atheist now.
Thanks for the add. It definitely seems as though your philosophy on reason and critical thinking is similar to mine. The main theme of my book is that when people devote themselves to self education and begin to learn more about themselves and their surroundings, they will naturally be less likely to fall victim to manipulation (from government, church, marketing, etc.) and therefore more likely to make the correct decisions, leaving them happier, freer, and more satisfied with life. Anyway, keep up the good work.
I do, its www.dualcoredesign.com and I have another one www.davidandmeganlatta.com. They have a bunch of stuff we've done on it - mostly for companies. We need to update them with some more recent stuff and I should post some personal art on here too. Good idea.