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17-01-2013, 08:58 AM
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Welcome to TTA!

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17-01-2013, 09:00 AM
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(17-01-2013 01:04 AM)Sammy Wrote:  Hello! I'm a 19 year old (almost 20, though) who just officially deconverted from Methodism, although I haven't properly believed in about 3 years. I hadn't really thought about it much, until I got a super-christian for a roommate in my dorms. You know, the sort of christian who has 6 different crosses around her side of the very small dorm room. She asked me my denomination, and it made to stop to think.

What was my denomination?
What did I believe?
And how could I possibly reconcile what I had been taught as a child with what I knew to be true? Especially as someone who loves the sciences and can't really stomach the petty repeats of "it's not meant literally" or "who are you to question God's word" or, my personal favourite as someone who's minoring in Chemistry, "scientists are just making that stuff up to lead you away from God".

Those evil, evil scientists and their facts.


And that is how I realized that I was an atheist.


I recently told my mother, who surprised me with her own confession to atheism. She showed me Seth's book and that's how I found this place.

So... Yeah. Too wordy? Sorry.


Welcome. Say 'hi' to your mom, too.

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17-01-2013, 12:18 PM
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(17-01-2013 03:57 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  Salutations new friend. Please allow me roll the red carpet out for you. May I offer you a warm beverage and/or assorted cookies from this cookie platter? And maybe later I could offer you a deep tissue massage and a foot scrub.
I serenely hope you enjoy your time among our happy committee, it is a privilege and an honor to make your acquaintance, you bless us with your presence.
Welcome.


You fucking happy now!? Dodgy
I agree with Morondog, not enough dragons, but otherwise acceptable. Thanks for the cookies.
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17-01-2013, 12:24 PM
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(17-01-2013 08:55 AM)Vosur Wrote:  Does your mom happen to be on this forum as well? Consider

She's not, although she tells me that she visits the site a lot, just not the forum.
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17-01-2013, 12:25 PM
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(17-01-2013 09:00 AM)Chas Wrote:  Welcome. Say 'hi' to your mom, too.
Thank you, she says hi back.
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17-01-2013, 12:36 PM
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(17-01-2013 01:39 AM)Sammy Wrote:  Alright, thank you!
My birthday is February 28th. So not too far away! It's a little intimidating actually to be leaving teenage-hood.

Is there? I'll check it out then, thank you!
Don't sweat it. I often refer to 20-year-olds as "twenty-teen". You're old enough to smoke, vote, and die for your country at 18, but you're not old enough to drink or gamble yet, so legally speaking you're sort-of still treated like a teenager in those regards. (yes, I know a few states allow gambling at 18 in their Indian casinos, but the big gambling hangouts all seem to be 21).

So, yeah, twenty-teen shouldn't be so scary, yet. It's 21 that's gonna get you...

Oh, and welcome to the forums.

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17-01-2013, 12:54 PM
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(17-01-2013 12:36 PM)Aseptic Skeptic Wrote:  
(17-01-2013 01:39 AM)Sammy Wrote:  Alright, thank you!
My birthday is February 28th. So not too far away! It's a little intimidating actually to be leaving teenage-hood.

Is there? I'll check it out then, thank you!
Don't sweat it. I often refer to 20-year-olds as "twenty-teen". You're old enough to smoke, vote, and die for your country at 18, but you're not old enough to drink or gamble yet, so legally speaking you're sort-of still treated like a teenager in those regards. (yes, I know a few states allow gambling at 18 in their Indian casinos, but the big gambling hangouts all seem to be 21).

So, yeah, twenty-teen shouldn't be so scary, yet. It's 21 that's gonna get you...

Oh, and welcome to the forums.
It's less because of the legality of it, and more of the I'm-two-decades-old-and-am-still-on-my-parent's-dime part.
(You can gamble on Indian lands in casinos that don't offer alcohol, but that's not really my thing anyway.)


And I don't like drinking, so I don't think much will change when I turn 21 anyway. It's just like this huge "What have you done with your life so far?" hanging over my head and I can answer with a big whooping "Nothing".

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17-01-2013, 01:06 PM
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(17-01-2013 12:54 PM)Sammy Wrote:  ...
huge "What have you done with your life so far?" hanging over my head and I can answer with a big whooping "Nothing".
...

May the lord bless you. Big Grin Some of us (me) are nearing 50 and are saying the same thing!


(17-01-2013 03:57 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  ...
You fucking happy now!? Dodgy

Muffsy, darling... if that was aimed at me... good boy, well done, I knew you could do it. Now sit, roll over and you'll get a Scooby Snack.

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17-01-2013, 01:08 PM
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Oh pshaw!

You're 19. You aren't supposed to have done anything with your life so far. What you are supposed to have done is get an educational foundation so you can begin college or a career so that you can, now, finally, start getting ready to take care of yourself.

Being on your parent's dime is their choice. And this world isn't such an easy place to be on your own dime, especially when you're still so young, too young to have a real professional career yet. Until you get that college degree or at least equivalent work experience in a real profession, you're always going to be on someone else's dime (roomates, spouse, parents, grants, student loans, welfare, whatever) - there is no way to get out of that paradigm short of hitting the lottery, inventing FaceBook, or working your way out (which takes more time and you aren't expected to have accomplished it by 19).

So, sounds to me like you're right where you should be.

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17-01-2013, 01:12 PM
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(17-01-2013 01:06 PM)DLJ Wrote:  
(17-01-2013 12:54 PM)Sammy Wrote:  ...
huge "What have you done with your life so far?" hanging over my head and I can answer with a big whooping "Nothing".
...

Some of us (me) are nearing 50 and are saying the same thing!
Not true. You (both of you) haven't lost it. Sometimes that can be a lot. Same goes for the figurative meaning of "lost it". Not losing it can be even harder. So good on both of you.


And welcome, Sammy Smile

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