Hello Tempers, Don't know if anybody missed me this past week, but I'm back now. I've been in Mississippi doing Hurricane Katrina disaster relief work with the North Carolina Baptist Men Association. It was a very interesting trip, and very rewarding. To make a long story short.. my next door neighbor, who has been a good friend through all my recent trials and tribulations, asked me to go with his church group to help frame up a house for a family who's entire house floated away during Hurricane Katrina two years ago. At first I thought he was joking.. he knows I'm an atheist, and that I might be a little... erm... out of place, eating, sleeping, working, and overall existing 24/7 with a bunch of Christians for a whole week. But he was serious, and he's been a good friend, so I accepted. Well, it was pretty strange. We all met at his church and 9 of us piled into a church van at 5 am last Saturday morning, and off we went to Gulfport, Mississippi. I wasn't sure at first if anyone knew my non-believer status, but it became pretty clear that at least one of 'em did (no love lost between me and that one, but it got better with time.) Anyway, we got down there and were to start work framing the house on Monday. In the meantime we went to New Orleans for a day. That was interesting too.. walking down Bourbon street with a church group while drunken tattoo'ed college students screamed "Show us your tits!" (lol), but they survived it, and I got a nice internal chuckle in the bargain. On Monday, we started work. Now, I'm no carpenter, but I found out I can dig 4 foot deep post holes with reckless abandon, so that's what I did the first two days. I also helped framing some, and I put Tyvek house wrap on the walls, including the roof. Yes, I being afraid of heights, was working twenty feet up in the air on what I would consider dubiously unstable scaffolding, nailing wrap to a roof... and I've got the pictures to prove it! Well, I don't have the pictures right now, but I will soon, and I will share. We worked very hard and got the entire house framed in three days, and spent the remainder building a porch and nicing things up. Every night we had a devotional, and testimony and all that stuff, lots of praying and all. I was very respectful, and kept my mouth shut until the last night, at which time I gave my own testimony, came out as an atheist to anyone who might not have known, and basically let everybody know exactly who I was and why I was there. I was not surprised when they all accepted me and told me I was their friend. They are good people. You can tell good people by their works, and these folks worked real hard, and I alongside them, to help out a man and his son who had been through hell. I just though I'd share a little, and let the doubters know that atheists and Christians can work side by side and be brothers and sisters despite the margins between them. Gotta run.. I'll post up pictures when I get 'em.