Just wondering....   more than 30,000 members.  At most, I am guessing 20 or 30 or so post discussions or get involved in discussion.  Not that I keep track.

That's the size of a mega-church.  Sorry for the analogy.  It's about the size of the town where I grew up.  Also not a good analogy, that town was a sorry excuse for an over-sized septic tank.    Let's just say it's a lot of people.

Anyway, I wonder what happens for the folks who sign on and don't post.  I hope this site is useful for them.  I suppose if 30,000 people were all posting and discussing it would be kind of overwhelming.  Maybe page-views generate some funding for the site?

I also wonder about people who used to be very active, then....   poof!  vanished!  There are a bunch of them.  Did they get bored?  Found Jesus?  Get busy and no longer had time?  Found peace with being atheist, the need was met, move on?

Just speculating.  I sometimes welcome new members hoping to inspire involvement, and others do a lot more of that than I do.

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Nothing wrong with Missouri but I should think Washington, if you mean by that D.C., is awful. If you mean Washington State, people are moving there for the weed and no state income tax. Living in Texas, I am envious of such places. But I can't take harsh winters.

Alas, I meant Washington, Missouri which means we live 40 miles apart. She has her apartment and I have my half acre and mobile home right in the middle of a town of 1600 people. Nothing much ever goes on here, but I did live in Texas once for 20 years, mostly around the Houston area.

Like you, I hate harsh winters so I hibernate all I can.

I live in Napa County, nine miles from Napa City, and many refer to the city as "Napa City".

When I first came up here from SF with a brother and his gf, I knew the city was nearby and I asked where it is.

"It's behind the trees over there," she replied.

A city? With no building more than tree height? I was astounded.

From the photo, I assume you mean Washington State, Seattle in particular. 

I live in Spokane, WA. 

Your name and story intrigued me. There is more to learn about you and I know it will be interesting. 

In any even, easy name or difficult, this is a great place to get acquainted. 

Yes I mean Washington state, I was living in Seattle but now I have moved to Kent WA, which is only 30 or so miles away and buses go back and fourth quite regularly. I am not Indian in the sense that I'm from India, however I am half native if that counts lol. Maybe it's just my bias opinion, but I hate Missouri, they don't call it misery for no reason, however I've been to Texas as well and I can't say I favor that either. And by all means, I am pleased to make your acquaintances all around.  

Outside of being born here in Misery, I stay mostly because of the lower cost of living. (I'm broke.) World traveled and ex-military, most people here do not even understand me. I don't even know another person here with a passport.

That is beautiful.

I am indeed fortunate.

What irony; I was the right age for the government to send me from Florida to a war in Korea via California. The GI Bill helped me pay for college.

Then the paranoids on Wall Street and in government added two words to the Pledge and started overthrowing elected governments.

That's beautiful Patricia.

So beautiful.  If I lived there I don't think I would ever want to leave.

A beautiful valley carved out by the Ice Age and left with all that rich soil for agriculture. The rows of grapes love those conditions. As the Okanogan Lobe of the Canadian Ice Sheet scoured its way south, it left behind the gaps, such as seen in Patricia's photo, and incredibly deep lakes, Okanogan, Priest, and many others. The ice advanced and retreated, and there was a lobe that covered what is now Spokane, leaving its mark. The Missoula Flood is what really carved out Spokane. 

I haven't been as far north as Kelowna, but attended a professional conference at Penticton one summer. It was just lovely. I can't remember the name of the sea monster that is supposed to live in Okanagan Lake ... Oh I remember Ogopogo.



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