Susan Fanning
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At 7:54pm on January 18, 2009, God said…
You should give up atheism and love Me instead.
At 5:25pm on August 2, 2008, Dana said…
"Wash" is the name of a character in the tv series, "Firefly." My husband and I are huge fans.

He's a dachshund. I fell in love with his little stubby legs.
At 10:23am on July 22, 2008, Valis said…

NP. Thanks for the reply :-) I'm actually starting to like the default avatar anyway and may just decide to keep it, lol!
At 7:05pm on July 21, 2008, Susan Fanning said…
Hi, Suzanne

First, I must apologize for not responding sooner. For some reason, I took a fall out of bed on the night of July 3 and smacked my head on an old wood dresser. The blood was like spurting everywhere and I made a call to 911. Spent a couple of days in the hospital. Between the headaches and hideous black eyes, I was in a slightly bad and very-self pitying state of mind. Well, it's cleared up now and I feel like a person again.

I don't know much about hell--or should I say, yes, but not in the sense that you write about. For me it's being alone when the car breaks down and you have no one to call. It's being alone on Christmas day and just wishing for a present...any present, just to share a meal. Having your father tell you that he really wants nothing to do with you. I do not worry about hell too much.

Truckers...not a good life. In Europe, trucks aren't allowed on the roads on weekends because they cause too many traffic delays and wrecks.

I have just been so fortunate in that the school has thrown scholarship money at me.

It's awfully hot here--98 at 6 p.m.

How are things with you?

At 11:51am on July 17, 2008, Valis said…
I notice on the comments section you're also having problems uploading a profile photo. I've been struggling for a week now to do the same, but no luck! If you do figure out how to do it please let me know. Thanks.
At 12:35pm on July 10, 2008, Suzanne said…
You know, my childhood experiences were similar to yours. Nobody was ever mean to me in church (Missouri Synod Lutheran) or in school (parochial elementary school). Nothing terrible ever happened to me there. It was just so boring, so flat. In my church no one talked, no one clapped, no one made a peep. By the time I reached high school, I'd sit in the balcony away from my parents, just so I could sleep. I hated church, but my parents forces me to go by using a really big carrot. If I missed church, I couldn't use the car for a whole week. For a teenager, that's the biggest carrot possible. In hindsight, though, it wasn't really all that terrible.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, I was introduced to the concept of hell, or maybe I should say HELL, in twenty-foot-high glow-in-the-dark letters that spit flames and ooze pustulous boils. Even to this day, despite my logical mind telling me that no such place exists, I still have nightmares about hell. I guess fear of the place is embedded deep in my reptilian brain, because I have never been able to shuck off the fear. Oh well, I'll just keep soldiering on. What else is there to do?

I also have met a few Christians like Zelena, but no one has ever said to my face that they needed to put me out of their life. Believe me, they're not good enough for you.

Now, on to more cheerful matters...
My dog is seldom home with me. Instead, he travels with my husband in our semi. He's a huge beast (the dog, not the husband), part coon hound and part rottweiler, who sits in the passenger seat and discourages DOT officers from poking around where they're not welcome. Actually, he's so friendly he'd lick you to death, but he's so scary looking that no one would risk it.

You asked what it's like to be a trucker. I could probably fill a volume with great, important insights, but I'll just say this: endless boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror.

Actually, I drove truck with my husband (and dog) for 3 and a half years after our children were grown. I still have my CDL and everything, but I haven't driven now for about three years. It was fun for a while, but in truth, it was too hard. No regular meals, no regular showers, continuous driving, etc. My husband has been driving for almost thirty years. I don't know how he does it.

Tell me more about yourself. Keep in touch.
At 10:24pm on July 8, 2008, Suzanne said…
Good to meet you Susan,

Like you, I have also noticed a dearth of women on this website, especially women my age. There are lots of young people, which is encouraging, but it's still fun to talk to someone my own age.

I've been an atheist for a long time, at least in my heart of hearts, but I've only recently begun to open up about it to some of my family. It's taken me 53 years to get that far. Isn't it amazing how deep the roots of childhood indoctrination can be.

In your profile, you referred to an incident of "harsh treatment by one Christian". I'd really be interested in learning more about that.
At 11:56pm on July 7, 2008, Ben said…
I've not read many books about old movie animals.
... no wait
there was Dumbo, the novelization.
At 1:17am on July 7, 2008, Ben said…
Hello fellow Nashvillian!



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