Other conversations while traveling

Last weekend I was flying into Kansas City and I sat next to two very engaging people.  It was one of those flights where the conversation was great the entire time. At one point they asked what I did and I told them I was an atheist for a living.  The man proceeded to tell [Read More...]

Conversations while traveling

On the shuttle to the airport yesterday I wound up sitting next to a pastor who told me he admired Christopher Hitchens.  He gave me his card and I may swing by his church sometime. On the plane into St. Louis I was sitting next to a middle school teacher from Memphis.  On our descent [Read More...]

Social Anxiety

Email! Dear JT, I’m not going to make any requests, but I did want to chime in with a thank-you. I have a pretty severe case of social phobia. It is taking a lot out of me to even write this. I have been reading you for quite some time, though. Over the past couple [Read More...]

Thanks again

I started at Freethought Blogs in October 2011.  Since that time my monthly traffic has tripled. I don’t know what to say.  I think a lot of other bloggers are more informative.  I mostly just write about whatever’s on my mind.  I’m beyond flattered that anybody wants to read any of it. Here are the [Read More...]

At least they're honest

It was a late night for the SSA Campus Organizer Team last night, so we decided to grab dinner fro Wings Over Columbus.  As usual I tried to look up the nutritional info.  It turns out that Wings Over Whatever doesn’t have that info, but at least they’re somewhat honest. The fact is, common sense [Read More...]

I was wrong about being wrong, thanks for showing me.

Christina here… Most people dislike being wrong. People especially dislike when someone shows them they are wrong. I know the feeling. In the distant past, I felt assaulted when someone tried to correct where my thinking or facts had gone askew. I minimized the impact of my incorrectness, by slinking away or saying, “oh”, hoping [Read More...]

Calling out the Digital Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish poet I’m at the edge of the sea Come up and face me Hark! I challenge you To epic haiku battle For internet pride I’m a haiku beast A leviathon to your Rhyming briney shrimp Opposable thumbs Good for grasping victory From cuddly molluscs You’re tiny and cute Believers flee when I’m near I’m [Read More...]

JT's pro tips for not being an asshole when you travel #1

I travel a lot.  There are some behaviors I encounter regularly in my travels that make me want to accidentally on purpose spill my drink on people.  It seems to me that a hint of self awareness is all it would take to identify these behaviors as no-no’s.  Perhaps people just don’t care to be [Read More...]

February Firsts

The Trophy Primary Girlfriend™ and her roommates are doing something called February Firsts next month.  The idea is that you do something new every day all month.  She’ll be blogging them here.  So far Michaelyn has… 1.  Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru. 2.  Learn how to toss an egg up and [Read More...]

Reluctant Warriors

Hi.  My name’s JT.  I’m a naturally shy person who needs a fair amount of my own space.  Theater was a natural outlet for me, since it gave me the opportunity to sing, to pretend, and to indulge my hyperactive imagination – precisely what I did in the safe confines of my room without an [Read More...]