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My name's Henry. I'm a 32 year old male. Single, straight. I like listening to comedy podcasts like Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend and Your Mom's House. I listen to non-fiction audiobooks. I'm trying to get into Greek tragedy right now. I enjoy watching serious dramas. If I had to choose a favorite movie it would be Lost In Translation. I'm half Peruvian and really enjoy Peruvian food. I live with mother and my rambunctious pet cockatiel and work as a housekeeper in a hospital.
I have not been on here for a long, long time. Probably not many people remember me but I joined back in 2005 when I was 15 not long after my father died. Had a lot of questions understandably, and was only raised nominally Christian. Soon after I lost my faith and "became" agnostic. Explored a lot of different religions, dabbled in Satanism and occultism for a bit. I sometimes call myself a Hindu today. Not comfortable enough to call myself that all the time, but I take it seriously enough that I hope to move closer to a temple that aligns closely with my beliefs sometime next year. I was never a prolific poster before but I lurked on here a fair amount and became friendly with a number of people on here. I've been keeping myself self-isolated a lot since the pandemic started and working nights at my job hasn't helped my social life. I hope everyone's doing well here, it's nice to see some familiar avatars around and I hope I'll be chatting with some of y'all in the future!
I expect it has changed quite a bit since then. I hope you have fun and enjoy getting to know a few people on here.
I don't even remember the first introduction I made on RF way back in 2006!
Yep been around a while. You know the actual layout hasn't changed that much, which I appreciate. The way social media is designed nowadays, your voice is easily lost in the "like" system where the supposedly best posts float to the top. Which has its advantages and disadvantages of course. I like that this site is locked in a chronological way that mimics real conversation a bit more.
Hi, my name is Amy and I am a RFaholic.
I joined this forum just days after Rex had opened it. He was advertising on some other forums, one of which I was a member of at the time, VeggieBoards.com. So I came over and said "hey you don't have a UU forum, you should make one!" So he did and made me a moderator of it and you all have been stuck listening to me ever since. This forum has really given me a chance to hash out what I believe and why I believe it. I learn something new everyday here and I thank you all for that.
Now me outside RF: I am a UU, as you all know. I was brought up in the Church of Christ but never really fit in there. My family left that church as a whole when I was a teenager because of differences my parents had with the leaders. It was really for the best. But I didn't give religion much thought until I got to college and was on my own for the first time. I was alone and I was scared but I still didn't know where I belonged in a religion. Then after my son was born, I thought more about attending a church for him. I wanted him to think about the "big questions" but at the time I didn't feel I could give him a good conversation about it, (granted he was only a year old, lol). I was living in Lexington, KY at the time and opened the phone book to the church listings, went down the page hoping something would jump out at me. Well, it didn't. Until I got to the end of the listing and saw Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington. I'd never heard of them before, so I got on the internet and looked them up and spent hours reading the church's and UUA's websites. I loved what I was reading and signed up for a "new to UU" class they were offering. It was just what I was looking for, I was home.
Last summer I moved to Virginia and found another wonderful UU church that I am proud to be a member of. I teach Children's RE (religious education), I serve on the Welcoming Congregation committee which works to make our church a welcome place for BGLT people, and just this morning I was asked to be a Greeter (ganged up on was more like it, but I was flattered nonetheless!).
I have 2 wonderful, beautiful, intelligent and comical children. They are really the center of my life. I can go on and on about them, but I do that enough so I'll stop myself now.
I am gay. That's not always been as easy thing for me to say and is still difficult in person. After spending years of hiding myself from even myself, it is hard to change that. I am a very private person about just about everything, and it doesn't get much more personal than someone's sexuality. I am trying to be more open about it. I have 'come out' at church (they didn't look surprised) in a committee meeting and it is helping me having people there to talk to about my issues. I haven't been able to tell my family yet, but I'm hoping someday I will be able to do that as well.
My dream job would be to own a bookstore, but the older I get the more elusive that dream seems. I would also love to do something within UU and my church, that too is far off. Before I moved, I was working on my degree in Religious Studies. Because of residency restrictions, I've had to sit out this year or pay out-of-state tuition, which I could not have afforded. But I am looking forward to getting back into college this fall.
I have a cat. I adopted her from the Humane Society. I had seen her in an ad on the news and just knew I had to adopt her. I've had her for 6 years. I'm not happy with her at the moment because she clawed my hutch.
Last year I joined a gym and I love working out and my daughter and I go to the gym at least once a day, everyday except Sundays (or when we are sick, lol). I've lost over 20 lbs. so far! :woohoo: I still have a lot to go, but I'm really enjoying it and it is going well. And I've almost recovered from trying yoga.
I love hiking and camping and have a couple trips planned already for next summer. I've always been to the same places in Kentucky so I am very excited to explore new areas here in Virginia. There is a women's backpacking group that I want to join that sounds like a lot of fun too.
Well, I think that's the most I've ever written about myself....