July 4th, 2003

ice cream

The Belief-O-Matic

I have to say, this doesn't surprise me, though I wonder what exactly I said that made Christian Scientist come to the TOP of the list, besides indicating I thought non-conventional medicine had definite benefits... The bottom choicess are bottom because they involve authority and believe in a punishing God, whereas even if I were still involved in a Christian religion wouldn't be something I had any interest in. My own minister told me, in answer to my question at confirmation class, that there was no hell and no sin that couldn't be forgiven, as long as we were trying to be good.

Anyway, like the president selection survey, this ones seems pretty good.


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1. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (100%)
2. New Age (95%)
3. Neo-Pagan (95%)
4. Unitarian Universalism (90%)
5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (86%)
6. New Thought (84%)
7. Liberal Quakers (82%)
8. Bahá'í Faith (81%)
9. Scientology (73%)
10. Mahayana Buddhism (66%)
11. Orthodox Quaker (58%)
12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
13. Secular Humanism (56%)
14. Theravada Buddhism (55%)
15. Jehovah's Witness (54%)
16. Taoism (54%)
17. Reform Judaism (54%)
18. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (53%)
19. Jainism (50%)
20. Hinduism (49%)
21. Sikhism (39%)
22. Orthodox Judaism (38%)
23. Nontheist (34%)
24. Islam (31%)
25. Seventh Day Adventist (25%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (19%)
27. Roman Catholic (19%)
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ice cream

Plane over Atlanta?

Ten minutes ago, I heard this really loud noise outside. I went to the window and it got louder and loud. I decided it was a plane. It got louder and louder and my building was vibrating. I decided it was a military jet showing off for the Fourth. Well, I'm still not sure it wasn't, but Caleb called me and said he saw what looked like a 747 that had come VERY low over Downtown and "missed" the SunTrust tower. How fucking weird! I don't care what kind of plane it is, I don't want it buzzing my neighborhood and making me paranoid! I'm checking the news, nothing on about it yet, so I can only assume it wasn't a terrorist attack. I heard some bull-horned police announcemnets outside but there's a parade going on right now a block away so it could be for that. Don't see any smoke...
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Friday Five: Reading

1. What were your favorite childhood stories?

Der Struwelpeter. For those not familiar, this is a German book written in the late 19th century by a guy who was looking for books that would teach his kids appropriate morals and behavior. He was very disappointed in the selection, so made up his own, doing the verses as well as the pictures. The stories in the book are all tales of "If you don't listen to Mama and Papa, THIS is what could happen to you..." Sample storyline: Parents tell girl not to play with matches. Parents go out, leaving her alone. She plays with matches, catches dress on fire, gets burnt to a crisp. Her kitties are sad and cry on the ashes. Another story: Parents keep telling boy not to suck thumb or a man will come and hack his thumbs off. As soon as the parents are out of sight, kid sucks thumb and this guy comes with huge scissors and... I think I really liked the PICTURES more than the stories -- they are truly odd, since the artist was untrained.

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I also really liked Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl and books with very strange, detailed artwork you could stare at. I think my tastes favored stuff that was bizarre with sadistic tinges. Figures!

2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?

Struwelpeter -- actually my nieces and nephews all have copies, since most of my siblings enjoy the book too. I'd also give them nice Edward Gorey books. Oh, and Grimm fairy tales in the original form, also Russian ones with the very scary Baba Yaga.

I do have to say though, that since I read so high above grade level, I was pretty much done with "children's books" by fifth grade so if a kid's older than that, I'd be sharing books that were "adult."

3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?

In fifth grade I was obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe and had a book of his complete short stories, poetry and plays. Except for the plays and some of the poems, which had way to much Greek in them, I read through the whole thing. I remember being so proud of myself because I could follow what he was saying, despite all the incredibly dense, descriptive prose and odd adjectives and so on. Well, later on, in high school or college I went back to that book and started reading through some of the stories and noticed I really didn't know a meaning of a lot of the words and I was totally faking myself out by just plowing along. I mean, have you ever takne a Poe story and underlined every word you don't know?!

4. How old were you when you first learned to read?

I learned letters and alphabet stuff before kindergarten but couldn't really read or right. I started kindergarten only a week after turning five and ended up behind the other kids -- I wasn't reading to grade level. Because of this, I was put into the school's "readiness" program and got an EXTRA year of school (before first grade) and that's where I finally really, really learned to read. By the time I was in first grade, the teacher regularly sent me down to the readiness classroom to read to the other kids. I was so good at it I would hold the book upside-down :)

5. Do you remember the first 'grown-up' book you read? How old were you?

Hmmmmm... I read a lot of grownup books that were lying around -- especially non-fiction stuff. For fiction, besides Poe, I know the first book I ever bought for myself was a paperback of H.P. Lovecraft stories. Probably the time I totally broke away from kid's book was in 6th grade (12) when I read Shogun, which features everything from masochism to Japanese sex toys to guys talking about their equipment and ladies "jade gates." Great thing about that book was not only was it lewd, but it was like 1200 pages and satisfied the whole quarter's reading requirement.
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