Happy Birthday to a Friend

My father is a huge fan of Greta Christina and it was him who turned me on to her blog.  Afterward I was hooked.  For a good portion of my college career hers was the only blog I would never, ever miss.  She had all the eloquence of Dawkins, the concise reason of Harris, and the humility of a pauper.  She was perhaps the atheist I most admired.

Then at the 2010 SSA Leadership Conference zoo trip, she came running up to me, knew me by name, and said she had wanted to meet me.  I proceeded to shit my pants, try to come off as not fanboying (I failed), and then ran to call my dad to boast that fucking GRETA CHRISTINA KNEW MY NAME!!!

We would go on to speak at a lot of the same venues and, over the last year and a half, have become the best of friends.  On days when I’m at a low spot psychologically, she is generally the person I call.  When we’re speaking at the same gig we almost always find time to sneak away for a few minutes, cuddle, and catch up.  We make pillow forts.  In Greta I’ve lost a hero (she told me if I didn’t stop looking at her that way she’d have my testicles) and gained a caring, dear friend.

My family aside, she remains the person I most admire.  Greta, I’m going to do you the honor of being straight with you: I’m glad you’re on our side.

Happy birthday to one of the most articulate voices and one of the most penetrating minds on the planet (who has somehow managed to remain humble to a fault).  Happy birthday to Greta Christina.  I cannot exaggerate how lucky I am to have her in my life.

Head over and wish her a happy one.

You guys are wonderful.
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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Carol Eberhard

    Happy Birthday, Greta! ***big hugs***

  • phil zombi

    Greta Christina is, without a doubt, my favorite atheist blogger. The freethoughtblogs network is clearly overflowing with atheistic splendor. But even amongst this company I think that Greta’s blog stands out. Her series of “why (x) is a terrible argument for god/gods/religion” is intellectually bullet-proof. Her writing is not just true but obviously true. And thus I will raise my glass this evening and give thanks to random chance and the stars that died long ago to make this moment possible. May you celebrate our continued existence on this strange spheroid with wine, women and song(metaphorically at least).

  • John-Henry Beck

    I don’t have the personal relationship to know how great she is.

    But the writing is wonderful and inspiring. Probably my favorite blogger. So I’m happy to second all the compliments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mriana mrianabrinson

    She’s one of my favourite bloggers and speakers that is for sure. She’s great! :) Happy Birthday, Christina. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/mriana mrianabrinson

      Damn! No edit button. It’s a shame that when people are often called by their last names, that it sounds weird to call them by their last names when they have what is like “two first names”. lol Oh well, surely she’ll overlook how it sounds, esp because it’s her last name.