Kingwood, TXUSA 77345
July 17, 2011
I was born in Houston (really, Jacinto City Community Hospital) and lived here till college. My professional life has been primarily as a drilling fluids and barites specialist. I home-schooled for 14 years as the oilfield provided us with 5 residences. We settled in Kingwood in 1994. I am now widowed. My eldest son is an auto-cross aficionado and my younger son continues his interests in film-making while making money elsewhere. I read a lot of books while maintaining a pond and a passle of cats.
Friends. The opportunity to articulate one's opinions and share information gleaned from reading, documentaries, etc. that is of mutual interest. A social that is not constrained by dogmatisms.
I wouldn't say that I "identify" with atheism. It is simply the way I live my life. I occasionally pull an atheist volume from the book shelves or re-indulge in a comparative religion volume, but these are from decades past. I'm comfortable intellectually and emotionally with my a-theistic life and that of other ethical, moral persons who are acknowledged atheists. I've shelved political controversy, but am always happy to have my positions fine-tuned.
I don't go around announcing "Heh, I'm atheist!" But, if someone is rude enough to press me with their particular idiosyncrasy, I will respond with equal forcefulness. Atheists, in my experience, know a great deal more about religious particulars than do the putative practitioners. My position as an atheist is not a "default" because "that's the way were born." I'm a confirmed atheist who respects that others may not have worked as hard in the past as I to justify their belief and/or non-belief. That said, I neither flout nor apologize and will gladly answer to the best of my ability whatever civil question arises.
Totally approve of public socials. Don't keep the light under a bushel basket, as T.H.E.Y. say.
No introduction yet
Five attendees made it very easy to have fun listening and talking. Ten would be even better. Hope the group continues to grow.