Doesn’t Iowa stand for Idiots Out Walking Around?
Kidding. KIDDING. I personally have driven through Iowa several times and found it very flat.
Jeremy, I appreciate the spirit in which you started this thread. I responded to a previous thread like this, only to be asked what I was doing on this board and have people begin to attempt to convert me (or, in one peculiar case, write me off as unconvertable). I am sure that, given my recent stand on the “family life” board on the issue of strip clubs, the numbers of people holding that view have increased dramatically.
I will not tell you what the stand was, but suffice it to say that it was a very minority sort of view.
Anyway, back to our story.
My father was RC; my mom a non-practicing Lutheran who converted to non-practicing RC when I was in seventh grade so they could marry in the church. I went to RC schools through college, including 8 years with the Jesuits. In high school, I decided that RC didn’t make a whole lot of sense, and I became more or less agnostic.
I still am. If I had to put myself in a category, I’d call myself a Zen Buddhist, if only because of my strong agreement with Zen’s emphasis on detachment. I meditate and practice martial arts, although I am not particularly diligent about either.
Thanks for the welcome. I actually like Iowa; I have been to the Grotto at West Bend twice, and I find it one of the oddest things I have ever seen.