Back to School

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So started back to Texas State University this Spring. I say started back, but technically I never attended Texas State but rather Southwest Texas State. The name has been changed to protect the innocent, I suppose. Not sure if part of it was an attempt to mitigate SWT’s reputation as a party school. In any case, the campus has changed a lot since I attended in the early 80’s but in all honesty the students have not. In fact, I looked up and down a crowded hallway one afternoon in the Supple Science building and saw DefLeppard, Journey, Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin t-shirts and if they hadn’t all been staring down at their smartphones I would not have known it wasn’t 1984.

When I was young and the world belonged to me
I thought that love meant pain and jealousy
It was a cross on my shoulder
Oh Lord, now I feel so much older, oooh, oooh

Time had a way of making me see
My lonely life has taken it's toll on me
Now I feel the emptiness
And I don't want to live like this

Now I've heard stories, I've heard songs
Telling me believe my heart don't wait too long
But words they don't ring true

Under re-construction

So, picked up a 2006 Mini Cooper S that evidently needs a lot of work. Getting it road worthy again and hope to maybe keep it for a few years. Needs some TLC after being neglected for years with little to no maintenance being done on it that I can tell. Body and interior are in decent shape, so I guess that’s something.

Looking forward to finally being able to get out on the open road with it. Though, with all the traffic at this time of year it might have to wait until after New Years.

Moral High Ground

I’m puzzled by people who think that just because atheist may not believe in God, they have no moral or ethical code. As if believing in some made-up deity somehow instills an automatic moral compass. Just because I choose not to believe in God (or Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc.) doesn’t make me immoral. I still understand the difference between right and wrong. I find the attitude of individual Roman Catholics especially hypocritical considering that they are, each Sunday as the collection plate is passed around, essentially funding an organization which has supported and covered up adulterers and pedophiles for centuries.

I’m not against you having the ten commandments in public buildings or nativity scenes. Just don’t think you’re somehow better than me just because my method of explaining existence doesn’t involve creating a supreme being, whose existence you’re willing to accept on only faith. I mean really? That is some seriously flawed logic that in order to explain the physical universe there must be a God, but when you ask who created God, you have to accept that he is. However, you can’t just take that the universe is.