Where Do We Go From Here?

Schrodinger's shop. It's both open and closed!

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
—Yogi Berra

So can you take a fork and not take it? (Maybe only if it’s a spork!)

You may have noticed that I haven’t written much in this blog in the last couple of months.

I’ve had a sleep disorder for quite a while. It has actually benefitted this blog, because if I’m awake anyway, I might as well do something constructive.

Some time back in January, things got busy at work for a bit. That aggravated the sleep disorder. Things got difficult. I’m now following a treatment plan, so hopefully things will get better.

Then there’s photography. I’ve dabbled in it over the years, with much unsuccess. Lately, it has become my main interest. One of these days, I’ll actually take a couple of good photographs.

So given my messed up life, I need to reconsider my priorities. In the near term, that would be work, brainy girlfriend, and photography.

So what happens to this blog?

The last thing I want to do is shut it down. It’s too important to me. It allows me to vent my frustrations when I see the country being destroyed by the blind, the delusional, and even the merely misguided.

I’ve also attracted an exceptional readership. This is probably a 4th-tier atheist blog. I don’t have nearly as many readers or anywhere near the mindshare of most other established blogs. That’s OK with me. A large readership just causes problems, because it attracts too many wackos of all stripes.

What we have here that I value a lot is a small community of active commenters. Scroll back through the last bunch of articles and see how many comments each article has. I consistently get more high-quality comments on my articles than some of the bigger blogs.

Shutting it down is too unpleasant to contemplate, but I can’t maintain the pace of the past. I have to scale things back, at least for the time being. For the most part, I will be ignoring the day-to-day fundie screeds that fill my email box (If I can. Those things really get me riled sometimes.).

Instead, I’m going to try to focus on bigger-scale projects. I have a bunch of fundie books I want to humiliate. One is a Bible comic book that Jeff alerted me to. Another is a book from the ’60s telling women how to be good wives. I have a pile of others stashed in a pile somewhere that I want to make fun of.

So look for several articles a month for the foreseeable future. Hopefully I’ll even be able to do one per week. I hope you’ll continue to come by and check things out. Maybe eventually things will return to how they were. But for now, my life needs this reordering of priorities.

34 Responses to “Where Do We Go From Here?”

  1. Jackdaw Says:

    I’m very glad to see that you want to keep maintaining this blog, even if you won’t be able to find the time to write as much as you used to. But you’ve made the best choice in focusing on your personal life with your girlfriend and photography, as well as your work. I hope the required work pace will decrease soon, so you have time for your own life.

    I’d also like to thank you thorougly for this blog. I scarcely follow any blogs, a shame really because there are so many talented writers out there, but I never fail to visit this one almost every day, and because of the point you raise this is the only website where the majority of comments are not only coherent, but well thought-out and intelligent, certainly a rarity on the web wherever you look. With your sharp commentary and sarcasm it is a pleasure to read your articles, and then the elaborations and further discussions in the comments section really improves the overall experience.

    Boy, I sound like an awful amateur reviewer, don’t I? There’s a reason I’ve kept myself to lurking this blog for so long. Anyway, thank you, thank you so very, very much for this blog. I mean it. Thank you.

  2. Ron Britton Says:

    Jackdaw:

    Thanks for the kind words. Things slowed down at work about a month ago. The problem is that it threw my already messed-up sleep patterns into total disarray. I’m getting even less sleep than before. This clouded my mind and affected my work, so I worked longer hours to compensate. (Actually, hours are still 60 minutes. I mean I worked more hours. See? I still can’t think straight.)

  3. Rivendusk Says:

    As long as there is a nice edition on May 21st, I’m perfectly happy that you have chosen to improve your lifestyle. I hope the very best for you and your brainy girlfriend!

    Good luck on the photography!

  4. Ron Britton Says:

    Rivendusk:

    I’m drawing a blank on the significance of May 21st. You’ll need to remind me.

    I hope the very best for you and your brainy girlfriend!

    As long as I can keep her away from the zombies, we’ll do fine. They’d consider her a gourmet feast.

    Good luck on the photography!

    So far, luck is the main reason any of my shots work at all.

  5. Rivendusk Says:

    May 21st is the day that a certain fundie sect (forgive me that I can’t remember their name… so many sects!) believes the world will end/begin to end, second coming of their particular messiah, the rapture, the ‘good people’ leaving the earth and the ones that couldn’t be saved kicking it around the earth in the end days and being smitten into oblivion… or something of that nature. There are billboard for this in my town… sadly. These serve as a grim reminder of some of the folk that comprise my town’s population. :(
    yeah… this one on the north end of town, and this one in the south end of town… On the plus side, at least ClearChannel’s getting money from these people… right? Right?

  6. Rivendusk Says:

    Ah. ty for clearing up that HTML for me. I should have done so myself, but didn’t know if posters had those permissions. ^^u

  7. Ron Britton Says:

    Rivendusk:

    Yes, I remember now. That shows how tuned out I’ve been over the last couple of months. I’ll try to write an article for it.

    Related to that, anybody who will be in the Bay Area on Judgement Day (or Rapture Day or the Yet Another Disappointing Not End of the World Day or whatever they call it) should consider going to the American Atheists’ West Coast Rapture RAM. They’ve got a large speakers list. It should be a great way to spend your last few hours before you’re flung into Hell for eternity.

  8. Rivendusk Says:

    Nice link! I’ve shared it with an open discussion I’ve been having with some friend on Facebook, might get a few people to go out, looks like fun!

  9. Jeff Says:

    One is a Bible comic book that Jeff alerted me to.

    And if I’d known you were going to blow good money on it, I wouldn’t have.

    A large readership just causes problems, because it attracts too many wackos of all stripes.

    That’s for damn certain. Look at Pharyngula; PZ hiccups, and he gets literally hundreds of comments. It’s difficult to participate, and you spend a lot of time dealing with idiots and lunatics. Also, it’s become cliquey, and difficult to break into – and it’s difficult to police. He has some very bright people among his regulars, but some of them are serious assholes, and he does nothing to curb them. I said something to him about it in a comment thread a few months back; he did respond, but he just dismissed me. He didn’t want to hear it. Frankly, I don’t think he ever expected the blog to take off as it has.

    Anyway, take care of yourself, Ron. Your health comes first.

  10. Ron Britton Says:

    Jeff:

    And if I’d known you were going to blow good money on it, I wouldn’t have.

    It was a measly two dollars for shipping! Their actual postage was higher than that, plus their cost for the two books. I cost them money! Plus, now I have a couple of very slick but sad and scary comic books to make fun of in the near future!

    Also, it’s become cliquey, and difficult to break into – and it’s difficult to police.

    If I had problems like that, I’d spend so much time trying to keep things civil that all the fun would go out of it. Plus, I wouldn’t have any time to blog. (Well, I don’t have any time to blog as it is, so I guess that part wouldn’t be any different.)

  11. Jeff Says:

    It was a measly two dollars for shipping!

    Oh, I thought you had to pay for them.

  12. sue blue Says:

    Ron,
    Every time I sit down at my computer, this blog is the first place I go. I’ve always found that you have the best, most interesting posts, and even when you aren’t posting as often, it’s still worth a daily check to see what new comments have come up and get another laugh at the great photos, cartoons, captions, etc. I’ll still check in every day! Thanks for the all the fun. Looking forward to more!

  13. Parrotlover77 Says:

    @Ron – I’m glad to see you getting your priorities in order and finding new ways to deal with your insomnia. As with the others, this is one of my “can’t miss” daily blogs, alongside Balloon Juice in importance to me. I certainly don’t post nearly enough to my blog any more either. I used to do at least one or two tech articles per month! So I understand.

    However, BoF is much more valiable to the intertubes than my blog is, so I’m glad to see you are not shutting down. I would like to humbly suggest that you consider the possibility of occasional guest articles. I think it can add value to a blog to have guest writers, and there are no shortage of excellent BoF regular writers. Note: I’m not volunteering because I don’t consider myself one of the excellent writers and I, too, am short on time! But I can think of several commenters who I think could write some great guest articles and it might help keep the blog fresh while you scale back to a lighter load.

    @Rivendusk – I don’t think ClearChannel (the company responsible for singlehandedly destroying local radio) getting money is ever a good thing. But fundies wasting money on prophetic billboard ads is money better spent than going to fundie political campaigns.

    @Jeff – I find it increasingly difficult to read Pharyngula. PZ himself seems to be getting longer winded, but still is repeating the same thing over and over. Yes, PZ, you have thoroughly dismantled that Catholic…again. His blog is still really good as a sounding board, though. I find out about a lot of good projects, organizations, and events.

    However, he really pissed me off recently when he linked animal rights activists (in general) to one insane clown who decided that bomb threats would help animal rights causes. It was truly bizarre because normally he’s very good about not getting overly hyperbolic and fallicious (except for humorous intent) but him and his commenters went on a really aggressive rant against animal activism and its place in science. Now, in an ideal world, animal testing would not be needed, but short of that, my opinion is that we need independent checks on animal research so that it is done in the most humane way possible. PZ’s opinion was basically that research scientists, by definition, never (or, at least, rarely) do unethical things to animals, so animal activism is just getting in the way of progress. The whole elitist episode was so full of hyperbole and hate towards a specific group of well intentioned people based on one crazy person’s actions, it made my jaw drop.

  14. Jeff Says:

    Yeah, I got hounded off of there last year for my “they shouldn’t be breeding” shtick – and I wasn’t nearly as offensive as I am here. And it was just a few months after I was their fair-haired boy for writing that review of the creationist lecture here in Boston.

    PL, simply put, I think it’s all gone to his head. As I said, I don’t think he expected it to take off as it has. Before Pharyngula, he was a biology prof in a small Midwestern college town. Now, he’s invited to atheist symposia all over the world and hobnobs with with people like Dawkins.

    You just can’t tell him he’s wrong anymore – about anything, apparently. You know what else is sad? The fundies who complain about his site have a point – many of them over there are sycophants, and a fair number of them don’t seem to be very nice people (at least, that’s the way they present themselves online).

    I hate it when fundies are right. It shouldn’t be allowed.

  15. Parrotlover77 Says:

    I agree — it doesn’t help the general cause to have a bunch of elitist assholes creating such a barrier to participation and discussion. I never even thought about how it proves fundies “right” in that sense. Shudder…

    Another pet peeve of mine are his rants against “dictionary atheists.” I just don’t see a conflict here. Christians are both, in a strict definition, followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ, as well as a religious culture beyond the simple definition. Why can’t atheism be used both ways too? Why must it be one or the other? Maybe not every unbeliever wants to be a part of the atheist culture, but still be an atheist.

    So many words wasted on such trivial issues…

  16. griffon8 Says:

    I hate to post “‘ME, TOO!’ like some brain-dead AOLer”, but any praise I have has already been said. I’ve been glad to contribute what little I have to the conversations, and find the size of the community here a welcome one.

    I’d say the amount of comments on Pharyngula was the single biggest factor in making me not read him.

  17. spinetingler Says:

    Good luck with the new and continuing projects/interests. Though I’m not an atheist (lately I’ve taken to calling myself an agnostipalian, but mostly just to shock/annoy people) I still am a faithful reader/enjoyer of the blog.

  18. OtherRob Says:

    Ron, a lot of times I’ve been the odd man out here when it comes to certainly political topics — and I differ from you and a lot of your regulars in that I consider myself an agnostic not an atheist. But there are many other areas where we do agree and I’ve always enjoyed your blog and your writing and I’m definitely keeping BoF in my feed reader. :)

    And speaking of high-quality commentors, I don’t recall ever being made to feel unwelcome here even when I’m the only one with a reasonable argument. ;-)

    @Rivendusk, we have the same sorts of billboards around here, though the artwork is different.

    Good luck with everything, Ron. I hope you get it all figured out.

  19. Ron Britton Says:

    PL:

    I would like to humbly suggest that you consider the possibility of occasional guest articles.

    The occasional guest article would be OK. There’s a certain amount of management (i.e., work on my end) that accompanies that, so I couldn’t run them very often. If anybody wants to propose something, contact me.

    Jeff:

    I hate it when fundies are right. It shouldn’t be allowed.

    Don’t worry. It’s extremely rare.

    Griffon8:

    I’d say the amount of comments on Pharyngula was the single biggest factor in making me not read him.

    I still read PZ when I can; I just almost never read the comments. That tends to be my approach to all of the big blogs. On the smaller blogs, I’ll sometimes read the comments. It’s almost always a better atmosphere, and it’s possible to follow a discussion.

    I really have no idea how many of my readers look at the comments. It’s one of the better parts of this site, so those who don’t are doing themselves a disservice. Everybody who posts comments obviously reads them, so I can’t ask you guys.

    Spinetingler:

    Though I’m not an atheist

    I wasn’t either when I started this blog. I thought I was an agnostic. Everybody told me I was an atheist. It turns out I mostly was already; I just didn’t know it. Labels aren’t important, and there’s no entrance exam to read this site. If you agree that the extremist Christians are a big problem in this country, and if you don’t like other people telling you what you can or cannot do or watch or whom to marry, then you’re welcome here. Those who don’t match that criteria are also welcome here, as long as they’re civil and engage in constructive dialog.

    OtherRob:

    Ron, a lot of times I’ve been the odd man out here when it comes to certainly political topics

    There are at least three types of conservatives: Fiscal, social, and crony capitalists (or whatever you call the people who are really running the Republican party, who deregulated banking and Wall Street and stole a few trillion and stuck the taxpayers with the bill. The ones behind the Iraq war and using it to transfer hundreds of billions from the public treasury to Haliburton, Blackwater and the other war profiteers.).

    My beef is with those last two groups. I like having the true fiscal conservatives around. Somebody has to watch the checkbook.

    I differ from you and a lot of your regulars in that I consider myself an agnostic not an atheist.

    I suspect a large percentage of my readers consider themselves agnostic. I suspect that it’s the people with the most passionate beliefs who are more likely to comment, so you’re seeing an unrepresentative sample.

    There is a large spectrum of belief within the agnostic label. At one end I’d put “ambivalent agnostics”, that is people who truly don’t know and really don’t care. At the other end, I’d put “effectively atheist” or AgINO (“Agnostic in Name Only”). I wouldn’t expect to have many readers in from that first camp.

    I don’t recall ever being made to feel unwelcome here

    That’s important to me. If somebody comes on here with an attitude and acts dickish, many of us will turn on him. If somebody posts contrary opinions but makes good points and seems genuinely interested in dialog, almost everybody engages him at that level. I’m proud that we all seem to do that without having to be reminded to be civil.

    Good luck with everything, Ron. I hope you get it all figured out.

    It’s not looking good so far. People say “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” That’s a crock. There’s actually a warm rosy glow before the dawn. It’s always darkest in the middle of the night when you’re far from any civilization, when it feels like you’re alone with no hope of rescue.

  20. Parrotlover77 Says:

    It’s not looking good so far. People say “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” That’s a crock. There’s actually a warm rosy glow before the dawn. It’s always darkest in the middle of the night when you’re far from any civilization, when it feels like you’re alone with no hope of rescue.

    Platitudes never really did anything for me either. In fact, they pretty much pissed me off and made me more depressed/angry/emo.

  21. spinetingler Says:

    If you agree that the extremist Christians are a big problem in this country,

    hell, I think even moderate and liberal Christians are a big problem, since we don’t often enough tell the fundies to STFU.

  22. Ron Britton Says:

    Spinetingler:

    That’s an excellent point. I’ve said it myself, but not often enough. Non-fundie Christians are partially responsible for the anti-social behavior of fundies, because they don’t actively and vocally condemn the extremist positions and behaviors of the fundies.

    Behavior of individuals within groups is mostly regulated by social pressures. The overall Christian community needs to reign in the extremists among them.

  23. Jeff Says:

    hell, I think even moderate and liberal Christians are a big problem, since we don’t often enough tell the fundies to STFU.

    Non-fundie Christians are partially responsible for the anti-social behavior of fundies, because they don’t actively and vocally condemn the extremist positions and behaviors of the fundies.

    Group identification – it’ll do you in every time. I’m convinced it’s the dominant factor in determining what a person believes (or thinks he does).

    This is the reason I don’t altogether trust “progressive” evangelicals, such as Jim Wallis and the Sojourners crowd, or the Emergent Church people. I think that when backed into a corner, they’ll choose the fundies over us. The former are their “bothers and sisters in Christ” – something we can never be. After all, they won’t be seeing us in heaven.

    I don’t know; perhaps I’m being uncharitable. As an atheist, I have no basis for morality, and my inherent depravity often gets the better of me.

  24. Parrotlover77 Says:

    I wish moderate Christians would codemn extremist Christians more too, but I also get tired of groups of people being told to constantly condemn extremist others similarly self-identified. You frequently hear this in politics. Remember the OBAMA NEEDS TO REPUDIATE BILL AYERS episodes during the election cycle? Ugghhh.

    I wish moderates would do it more on their own, instead of constantly focusing on telling non-Christians how to live, but I don’t think unbelievers yelling into the wind, lecturing moderate christians on how to clean their own house accomplishes much.

    What would be more helpful is if the media called these extremists out more instead of pretending to be neutral observers. Of course, if it’s a mooslem, they have no problem telling them what they are doing wrong, but when it’s a homegrown murikan fundie christian, it’s just a different belief, but inside we’re all the same!!! See TLC reality teevee, such as Sister Wives or The Family That Shall Not Be Named.

  25. Jeff Says:

    Remember the OBAMA NEEDS TO REPUDIATE BILL AYERS episodes during the election cycle?

    Yeah, but PL, the thing is – he pretty much did.

    If I’d heard Jim Wallis, once in all these years, say, “Pat Robertson is insane” or “Jerry Falwell is a fucking asshole”, I’d have a higher regard for him – but I’m a vindictive prick.

  26. Parrotlover77 Says:

    You are right. He did. The media just never shut the fuck up about it. So that sorta proves the second half of my rant and repudiates the first half. Long day. My brain hurts.

  27. spinetingler Says:

    I think that when backed into a corner, they’ll choose the fundies over us.

    Eh, maybe, maybe not. I can only speak anecdotally, of course, but I think you’re underestimating the progressive/liberal religious crowd. I’ve got your back, regardless (as long as you keep the gay communist baby-eating to a minimum).

    I also highly recommend Slactivist though I’m far from a fan of the new patheos host.

  28. spinetingler Says:

    If I’d heard Jim Wallis, once in all these years, say, “Pat Robertson is insane” or “Jerry Falwell is a fucking asshole”, I’d have a higher regard for him

    Well, he was a bit less vituperative about it.

  29. Ron Britton Says:

    PL:

    I also get tired of groups of people being told to constantly condemn extremist others similarly self-identified. You frequently hear this in politics. Remember the OBAMA NEEDS TO REPUDIATE BILL AYERS episodes during the election cycle?

    Once you layer politics on top, you get into all sorts of complicating motivations and agendas.

    What I’m talking about is Sociology 101. The behavior of members within a group is regulated by the social norms of that group. The fact that mainstream and so-called “liberal” Christians seldom do anything louder than mutter under their breath “Pat Robertson isn’t representative of all Christians” means that they accept his behavior, even if they don’t fully agree with it. Blaming the people of Haiti or New Orleans for natural disasters is reprehensible. He should be shouted down and driven off the air by the majority of Christians who (I’m hoping) disagree with his insane remarks.

    I don’t think unbelievers yelling into the wind, lecturing moderate christians on how to clean their own house accomplishes much.

    Probably not, but somebody has to bring it to their attention that they need to put their house in order.

    What would be more helpful is if the media called these extremists out more instead of pretending to be neutral observers.

    The single best thing the media could do that would solve that problem and a host of others is to stop pretending that all ideas have equal merit and all ideas have to be “balanced” by a representative of “the other side”.

    Some stories don’t have another side. There is no other side to evolution. It’s real, and it’s a fact. If a new transitional fossil is discovered, that is the story, and that is the end of the story. Don’t bring on some nutcase who thinks the Earth is 6000 years old to give an alternative explanation for the bones.

    When there is another side, find the rational other side, not the 180-degree opposite side. If a puppy mill is discovered, interview someone from the Humane Society. Do not ever go anywhere near PETA. It’s an extremist, radical group that is not representative of animal lovers or animal advocates.

  30. Jeff Says:

    I can only speak anecdotally, of course, but I think you’re underestimating the progressive/liberal religious crowd.

    I was speaking of the so-called “progressive” evangelicals; but regarding liberal Christians in general, I agree with Ron: “He should be shouted down and driven off the air by the majority of Christians who (I’m hoping) disagree with his insane remarks.” They won’t do this, however. They’ll only go so far.

    Well, he was a bit less vituperative about it.

    Meh. I guess. Awfully little, awfully late.

    Something else (although, in my view, it’s all related): in all these decades, I’ve never heard Wallis make a soteriological statement. Not once. I want him to declare himself. I want to know, once and for all, whether or not he thinks I’m going to hell. When one of them will proffer an opinion at all – which isn’t often – it’s almost invariably a waffling “I don’t know; I’m not God”.

    I want to shake them, collectively, and say, “For fuck’s sake, grow a pair.”

  31. spinetingler Says:

    I want to know, once and for all, whether or not he thinks I’m going to hell.

    Maybe he doesn’t believe in hell*. It’s all the rage now!

    *not interested enough to look up his views.

  32. Lindsay Says:

    Thanks Ron, for your blog and for your great posts. I was a emerging atheist when I found this website…I knew I was, but was too afraid to come out of the A closet. I thought I was alone or there weren’t many people out there like me…people who saw the fundie craziness and thought “WTF???” I discovered through this website and a few others that it’s OK to be Atheist and to tell others about it. The greatest part is now that I’ve been open about my atheism, I have found that there are a lot of people in my non-online life (co-workers, friends, acquaintances) who are totally on the same page as we are. In many cases they were hesitant to come out with their disbelief as well, living amongst so many crazy Jeebus freaks.

    I guess my point is that even with a small blog and a small readership, there has been a positive ripple affect that has gone beyond this little space and into the real world. Maybe it hasn’t changed the world (yet at least ;-) ) but it has had a positive impact extending a lot farther than you may realize.

    Ron, best of luck with everything going on in your life. I also hope you get the rest you deserve.

    P.S. I second the idea for guest blog post. PL77 – I totally think you should put up a post. I always find your comments some of the most entertaining and thought provoking on this blog.

  33. Ron Britton Says:

    Lindsay:

    I discovered through this website and a few others that it’s OK to be Atheist and to tell others about it.

    That’s the great thing about the internet. It has allowed isolated people to find others like themselves. I’m sure it is one of the reasons for the boom in atheism over the last 15 years.

    Maybe it hasn’t changed the world (yet at least ;-) ) but it has had a positive impact extending a lot farther than you may realize.

    I’m glad I was a small contributor to the greater effort. Hopefully the combined effect of all atheist/agnostic/rationalist/skeptic web sites is slowing our journey down the fundamentalist toilet. We’re swirling around the bowl. The science education that used to exist in this country has already been sucked down the hole, but it has momentarily plugged the pipe, giving us all a reprieve. Unfortunately, the fundies are coming with a giant plunger to push it, and us, the rest of the way down.

    I second the idea for guest blog post. PL77 – I totally think you should put up a post.

    He actually did, back in June of ’08. The first comment you ever left on this blog was in July of ’08, so you might have just missed him. ParrotLover is welcome to write another. Maybe he should reread all of the glowing comments he got on that article to remind himself how good he is.

  34. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Blaming the people of Haiti or New Orleans for natural disasters is reprehensible. He should be shouted down and driven off the air by the majority of Christians who (I’m hoping) disagree with his insane remarks.

    While I agree entirely with this statement, I’m not sure we’d hear about it if major religious leaders did, in fact, do that. I’m just thinking about how poorly the media reports on, well, everything. But, point taken, never-the-less.

    The single best thing the media could do that would solve that problem and a host of others is to stop pretending that all ideas have equal merit and all ideas have to be “balanced” by a representative of “the other side”.

    Eleventy Thousand Times This. But on the other hand, views differ.

    Do not ever go anywhere near PETA.

    I have a love/hate relationship with PETA. There are some issues that the Humane Society, and many other animal rights groups, absolutely will not touch. PETA fights dirty and that’s sometimes necessary. As long as they aren’t hurting anybody and they are willing to accept the consequences of their actions, I’m morally okay with those efforts. They’ve uncovered absolutely abysmal conditions for farm animals by doing real investigative journalism. The problem is that they are so radically political and absolute in their moral conviction, that they take stands that many people find unpalatable.

    I think you can easily find a majority of Americans that don’t want inhumane conditions for farm animals, but that doesn’t mean those same people are ready to go vegan.

    Also, on a bird note, PETA was instrumental in getting PETCO to stop selling large parrots. I’m not sure why they drew the line at “large” as if its okay to treat smaller stature birds crappy as long as the Macaws and Quakers don’t have to suffer, but again, I’ll take the small victories where I can! …And I’ll keep doing everything else I can to get pet stores to stop overbreeding and overselling budgies.

    That’s the great thing about the internet. It has allowed isolated people to find others like themselves. I’m sure it is one of the reasons for the boom in atheism over the last 15 years.

    The same phenomenon is also responsible for Furries. But, you know, to each their own and all that!

    ParrotLover is welcome to write another.

    Thanks for the invitation. I did enjoy writing that one. Maybe if the inspiration hits me and I find some time. :-) Commenting takes so much less time… ;-)