Welcome to The (Parenthetical) Atheist3 February, 2008
Some of you already know me through my guest posts at vjack’s Atheist Revolution and The Spanish Inquisitor. I also regularly comment on many other sites (and as I get better at this, I promise (PROMISE) that I will provide links to my favourites).
I originally posted as “Billy (A Liberal Disabled Veteran)”.” I developed this handle after I posted a comment at Crooks and Liars and was accused by another commenter of being “a liberal weenie who wouldn’t know the Army if it bit him” (I do, and it did). I eventually dropped the modifier, but kept using the parentheses in my writing. The Exterminator, over at No More Hornets, keeps a list of frequent commenters. He named me (((Billy))) and that is now who I am. At least on line.
Off line I am a 42 year old man, happily married to another free-thinker (though she came about it through disgust with organized religion rather than thinking about it). I have two children. My son turns 18 in May and goes to college in September (I need loans, grants and scholarships). My daughter is 15 and is amazingly independent and mature (too mature).
I have four cats: Sherman is an old gray tiger (neurotic) who chews his own fur off; Oreo is a black and white curmudgeon who is channeling my late Polish Catholic grandmother (Its okay, I’ll just sit here, on my rusty brillo pad, with my stale triscuit; you go ahead and enjoy your life, don’t worry about me); Dust is, well, Dust (there are so many things I could say about him (it) (he weighs 25 pounds, has thick fur, drools and is aggresively affectionate)) (my wife claims he is part Shetland Pony); KC is a miniature version of Dust (though she still has her claws (and her dignity)) and is, well, a cat.
So, why am I blogging?
To my surprise, when I began commenting (hesitantly, at first), I discovered (at least I think I discovered) that I had something to add. Not so much new ideas, but a different (and odd) perspective. This blog will not be a news feed (though I may occasionally post news items). I will (occasionally) write full essays (similar to the ones on Atheist Revolution and Spanish Inquisitor). I will sometimes riff off of what others have written when another blogger’s post sparks a connection within this little mind.
I make no promise of originality. I cannot present legalistic arguments. I cannot formulate symbolic logic equations. I cannot be deeply philosophical. What I can do (I hope) is make connections.
Welcome to my blog, The (Parenthetical) Atheist.