December 15, 2009
Hi. I'm a third-generation atheist (third-generation sane). Been in Phoenix since '68 with a couple of hiatuses.
Nothing 'made' me join. But were I being honest (and as nobody reads these things anyway) I was lonely. I am divorced, recently returned to the valley, semi-retired, and having some trouble reconnecting with life. (12/09) This same month I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma (that's bone marrow cancer to you civilians). I am beginning to get strong again (8/12) but the various chemos are kicking my ass so I never know when I might be able to attend something. And because of the meds and the cancer itself, I can't drink alcohol. And I really did like a good beer. The ambers slid over the tongue like a wench in silk. So I'm not looking for companionship anymore either. No woman in her right mind would choose me right now. Except one. I'm continually surprised about her. Around 9/10 I had to give up hiking so I turned over the hikes to Al Tomas who has done a remarkable job making them a mainstay of the group. (08/11)
Levitate the Pentagon. Invent an FTL drive. Resurrect (or clone) George Carlin. All these would be entertaining.
Biking. Hiking. Laughing. Reading. Movies. Cards (spades, cribbage, casino, hearts, gin rummy, a few others - no use for poker). Talking. Midnight frisbee.
This is the atheist group in Phoenix. There are other's but we do things. Lots of things. And there are more of us. Not all are active. After all were atheists. But more of us are active than in any other group. Compare calendars. Then you will know. Besides you will find your kind of atheist here because, lets face it, atheist only means we know there is no god. It doesn't say anything else about us. There are liberal and conservative atheists, straight and gay atheists, black, white, chicano, chinese, jewish, and irish atheists. Military atheists and peacenik atheists. There are even gun totin' liberal atheists and anti-gun conservative atheists. So trying to get us to actually agree on any one thing is kind of like wishing for the past. It may tell you where you're from, but it can't tell you where you're going. We know we can't know. Except that eggs don't un-scramble, fires don't un-burn, and people don't un-die. Fact. Like evolution. Fact.
Greetings Bret! Glad you're going to make it Jan 19. Just so you know, a "book reading" in our case (as in most cases) doesn't mean actually simply reading out of a book.. it's mixed with talking ABOUT topics from the book and sparring with the audience along the way as well. It's pretty darn exciting at times.