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Offline kevin

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why are you here?
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:27:35 PM »
hey folks.

why are you here?

in meeting i sometimes am led to ask that question of my church. i'm curious, so today i'm asking you.

what brings you to this place?

what keeps you here?

since this is the testimonials board, you can be open in your response,  without worrying that some troll will start in on you.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW-What a Ride!'" ---yellow dog racing

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 10:36:16 PM »
I am here because my parents had sex, without protection, at the right time of month for eggs to be fertilized and even though there was some debate about it, the process wasn't aborted. They were divorced before my 1st birthday but that's a different story.
If they respected America they would have broken the law and came here illegally.

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 01:32:43 AM »
I like forums. There are about 5 that I read regularly. I like to read different opinions on subjects and I really admire people who can get their points across well in writing. Something that I have great difficulty in doing.

Writing has always been difficult for me. My reading comprehension is ok...I guess. My job doesn't require me to write at all. The only schooling I've had after high school is an apprenticeship and a bunch of certification classes. I did ok, but only because I am capable of reading and remembering enough to pick the right answer on multiple choice questions. I did ok in grade school, but dropped out in 11th grade and ended up getting a GED and then graduating while in prison.

I don't participate much in forums. I keep telling myself that I am going to participate more if for no other reason than that I hope it will make me a better writer.... but I don't know. This is really the only forum I actually post in these days. Mostly because it's much slower paced than the other ones and it's a little more easy going... I guess you could put it.

Writing actually makes me a little anxious... I could not imagine trying to get a degree where I would be expected to write a thesis or dissertation. My head would explode. ||smiley||
“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” —G.K. Chesterton

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2017, 01:51:45 AM »
I like forums. There are about 5 that I read regularly. I like to read different opinions on subjects and I really admire people who can get their points across well in writing. Something that I have great difficulty in doing.

Writing has always been difficult for me. My reading comprehension is ok...I guess. My job doesn't require me to write at all. The only schooling I've had after high school is an apprenticeship and a bunch of certification classes. I did ok, but only because I am capable of reading and remembering enough to pick the right answer on multiple choice questions. I did ok in grade school, but dropped out in 11th grade and ended up getting a GED and then graduating while in prison.

I don't participate much in forums. I keep telling myself that I am going to participate more if for no other reason than that I hope it will make me a better writer.... but I don't know. This is really the only forum I actually post in these days. Mostly because it's much slower paced than the other ones and it's a little more easy going... I guess you could put it.

Writing actually makes me a little anxious... I could not imagine trying to get a degree where I would be expected to write a thesis or dissertation. My head would explode. ||smiley||


Holy Crap Dude! I would never have suspected you of being a high school drop out. As far as I can tell, you get your point across quite clearly and effectively. But, what do I know...I'm a high school drop out too. Your reasons for being here are very similar to my reasons for being here (on this...or any other forum). Don't be afraid to write. Don't be afraid to declare your positions. Don't be afraid to question anything. Do not be ashamed. This is how we learn, you and I. It is through the exchange of ideas and having your ideas challenged that grow your brain and expand your understanding.

You are officially my new favorite person. Don't know how long that will last but at least it's something right?

I'm glad you are here.
If they respected America they would have broken the law and came here illegally.

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2017, 02:52:53 AM »
^^^  Plusses!

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The list of literary legends who didn’t attend college for one reason or another includes Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Edith Wharton, Truman Capote, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, William Saroyan, John Cheever, Sherwood Anderson, and Louis L’Amour. And the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Jack London, J.D. Salinger, and Henry Miller made only fleeting attempts at the university experience. 
http://thewhynot100.blogspot.com/2014/06/78-author-alma-maters.html

The Forum experience gives just the right nudge to force me to look up and learn new stuff I wouldn't ordinarily bother with.  So, for instance, I just now learned that a favorite writer from my teens, Steinbeck, actually went to Stanford but didn't get a degree!

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2017, 02:55:27 AM »
morons
If you dont want to believe in sin dont believe in the supernatural
If you read the Bible backwards everybody lives
First I told my imaginary friend about Jesus, then I told Jesus about my imaginary friend.

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2017, 07:14:36 AM »
I like forums. There are about 5 that I read regularly. I like to read different opinions on subjects and I really admire people who can get their points across well in writing. Something that I have great difficulty in doing.

Writing has always been difficult for me. My reading comprehension is ok...I guess. My job doesn't require me to write at all. The only schooling I've had after high school is an apprenticeship and a bunch of certification classes. I did ok, but only because I am capable of reading and remembering enough to pick the right answer on multiple choice questions. I did ok in grade school, but dropped out in 11th grade and ended up getting a GED and then graduating while in prison.

I don't participate much in forums. I keep telling myself that I am going to participate more if for no other reason than that I hope it will make me a better writer.... but I don't know. This is really the only forum I actually post in these days. Mostly because it's much slower paced than the other ones and it's a little more easy going... I guess you could put it.

Writing actually makes me a little anxious... I could not imagine trying to get a degree where I would be expected to write a thesis or dissertation. My head would explode. ||smiley||


Holy Crap Dude! I would never have suspected you of being a high school drop out. As far as I can tell, you get your point across quite clearly and effectively. But, what do I know...I'm a high school drop out too. Your reasons for being here are very similar to my reasons for being here (on this...or any other forum). Don't be afraid to write. Don't be afraid to declare your positions. Don't be afraid to question anything. Do not be ashamed. This is how we learn, you and I. It is through the exchange of ideas and having your ideas challenged that grow your brain and expand your understanding.

You are officially my new favorite person. Don't know how long that will last but at least it's something right?

I'm glad you are here.

Thanks bro! Very nice of you to say that. I may have more to say, but I just got back from beers with my brother and I have a "no posting on the internet while intoxicated" rule....due to past experiences..LOL...but thanks. I'll get back to you tomorrow.  ||smiley||

P.S. You write quite well... much better than I... In my opinion. ||smiley||
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“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” —G.K. Chesterton

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2017, 09:24:49 AM »
^^^  Plusses!

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The list of literary legends who didn’t attend college for one reason or another includes Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Edith Wharton, Truman Capote, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, William Saroyan, John Cheever, Sherwood Anderson, and Louis L’Amour. And the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Jack London, J.D. Salinger, and Henry Miller made only fleeting attempts at the university experience. 
http://thewhynot100.blogspot.com/2014/06/78-author-alma-maters.html

The Forum experience gives just the right nudge to force me to look up and learn new stuff I wouldn't ordinarily bother with.  So, for instance, I just now learned that a favorite writer from my teens, Steinbeck, actually went to Stanford but didn't get a degree!

Geez... You got that right. I had never heard of logical fallacies, confirmation bias, and cognitive dissonance. Discovering the terms and learning their meaning completely changed the way I looked at myself and the world. I am still capable of being a completely biased hypocrite... But hopefully getting better. lol

As far as your writing skills go... Your vocabulary is so good, it's borderline pretentious... I mean that in a good way  and yes, I had to look up "pretentious" and make sure I was using right. ||smiley||

I'm unfamiliar with many of the authors you mentioned. I intend to read more classics. My favorites are "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoevsky. I read a version that was translated frome french and then english. Let's see..."Great Expectations" by d**kins. That was a trip to read. I really liked "Metamorphosis" by Kafka. That one was unlike anything I've ever read. Of course "The Catcher in the Rye."

I read over 400 books while in prison. I met a guy who was a literary major and he recommended those classics. I had grown bored with the lame paperback novels and was happy for the change. I must admit though... Master of the Game by Sydney Sheldon was one hell of a read...haha. ||smiley||
“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” —G.K. Chesterton

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2017, 09:28:11 AM »
morons

LOL... This is a well timed comment from None. My first experience with forums was Atheist Think Tank back in 2010 I think. I signed up and made my first post. None was the first person to respond ... I think maybe he called me a moron then too... ||smiley||
“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” —G.K. Chesterton

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2017, 03:40:50 PM »
I'd give the benefit of the doubt by assuming he's just answering Kevin's question with characteristic concision.

"I'm here at this Forum 'cause it's fun to exchange thoughts with the (unnamed religious/political) morons."   ||grin||

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Re: why are you here?
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 06:28:59 AM »
I'd give the benefit of the doubt by assuming he's just answering Kevin's question with characteristic concision.

"I'm here at this Forum 'cause it's fun to exchange thoughts with the (unnamed religious/political) morons."   ||grin||

 ||facepalm2|| True... I should have given the benefit of the doubt.

I thought about looking for my first post on ATT, but remembered that it was lost and gone forever. ||smiley||
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