Born in KC. Grew up in Covina California and returned cause my family belonged to a religious cult and it's best to be in KC when the world comes to an end. Remember the 60's and 70's... I do...
Started working at Zarda BBQ in '78 and still work there today. Did leave Zarda for a bit in '82 for a tour of duty aboard the USS Coral Sea CV-43. Yes I'm a Shellback. Followed Ferdinand Magellan's path around the world. Alameda, Pearl Harbor, Pusan Korea, Sunoco Bay, Crossed the equator, Singapore, Suez Canal, Augusta Bay, Naples, Cannes, Rota and Norfolk. Blah... Blah...
Have more detailed info in my Public Notes.
Been working for Zarda BBQ most of my life. Work mostly in customer relations so at times I'll post which store I'll be hanging out in front of during the day.
Getting old now.
If you are looking to push a "belief" on me I don't believe in your religion. It fails in it's attempt to explain our origin because... to explain where we came from you tell me of an all powerful wizard who came from no where and created the universe from nothing. Now you have to explain where this wizard came from and where he got the elements to create the universe so... when you think I have been deceived into having an answer... the question remains. Faith vs Evidence. Logic vs Magic.
I look rationally at my evidence and I can see each person creates their own god in the image they imagine a god to be. Just like the authors of religious text. Some people form their god based entirely on whatever god they are given. Others base god on what they THINK is the god they were given but mostly imagined themselves.
Religions form when groups of gods are ruffly similar so people will re-conform their god in compliance with the others. That's why gods with names live and die when society evolves to a better understanding. The people who have a greater reformation of their god to comply with the others is usually the person most irrational, unpredictable and want people to follow the god THEY created based on one of the false gods (and you die if you don't). When the majority of people are having doubts about their "belief" it's time for a new god... or grow up and reevaluate what you used to create your god.
When believers talk about god it's hard to tell which god they are talking about. It could be the god in the bible, quran or the god they imagine. If they don't know that THEY are the ones holding their god together and their god is not anyone else's god it's really difficult to discuss anything with them at all. The battle their mind has with creating a most righteous god is confused by the demands of the false gods with their Stories and their Plan and their Laws and their Rituals and who to Hate, drinking blood and eating flesh... bla bla. People get confused into thinking they have to keep those false gods alive by "Spreading the Word" rather than building a better stronger god to lead them.
To me, god is a collection of all things I've concluded as good, loving and beneficial to all those around me. It is a place in front of my mind where I have created an entity programmed with all the best and righteous information I can rationally conclude as good. Plain and simply... if I don't know it... my god doesn't know it.
My god does not purpose the origin of life other than the evidence I have been given. My god does not purpose what happens after a person is dead other than what I can see. It feels rational to assume I will return to where I was before I was born but my god only knows what I know.
The best god is willing to change... a false god will not.