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Five Stupid Things for August 11, 2014 
Monday, August 11th, 2014 | 02:49 pm (UTC) - Blog commenting virgin...be gentle with me
Hello Steve,

I was on vacation last week and fortunately stumbled across your website for the first time. I was searching videos...one thing led to another...led to the Bill Nye/ Ken Ham creation/evolution debate...led to other creationist nonsense...led to Fox News nonsense...led to Bill O'Reilly/ Glenn Beck nonsense...leading ultimately to your "5 Stupid Things" videos. I proceeded to watch as many as I could find on that particular search engine before changing my life forever by visiting your website - the one I am at now, obviously.

I was so pleased to find that you archived everything from the beginning. I started there, reading and watching as much as I could in my 4 or so days left on my vacation ( I often stay at home on vacations). I've only gotten to late 2011 in the archive, but had jumped around prior to that, so I've seen and read current postings as well, including today's. I don't believe I've had a better, more well spent vacation in my adult life, then this one.

Without going into my whole life story, I say it "changed my life" because I've always felt out of place in my family, my community, my work environment, due to the fact I've always held more open-minded, liberal, and atheistic views then my family and coworkers. Because of that, and because I know of no one else in my immediate environment who shares my views and feelings about things, I've felt alone against the world for a long, long time.

Long story short, I had a friend about 10-12 years ago, my best friend. He went off to college, I went off to work and over time we grew apart and lost touch. I blame myself for us losing touch due to circumstances in my life at the time. But I have renewed hope to touch base with him again soon. So, after watching hours and hours of your videos and reading page after page of your blog, I find myself agreeing with 99.9% of what you have to say ( NOT an exaggeration ). And because of that, you remind me of my long lost friend. We'd spend weekend after weekend enjoying the same movies, comics, TV shows, books...never disagreeing on how we saw things. Rarely, if ever, arguing, and always laughing. And some of the best times we had were attending a couple MST3K conventions in the Eden Prairie/Minneapolis area back in the mid 90's. Still have the pictures from when we toured the Best Brains Studios.

Well...I don't feel so alone anymore, and for that, I can't thank you enough for the work you do and the effort you put forth. My days are definitely a little brighter now that you're "in" them, so to speak. I've never felt freer to be proud and unapologetic of my beliefs and of who I am because of your work. Despite Richard Dawkins' recent Twitter flub covered today on "5 Stupid Things", you mention how he is still one of your guiding lights of atheism...I'm happy to call you one of my guiding lights to help define my atheism.

I do apologize for the length of this message, I know you must be a busy man and if you do read all of it, which I gather you are the type of man who does, I am most appreciative. I know this probably should have been put in an e-mail, but I figure you'd see it this way as well as any other...and maybe others can see my comments and be as inspired as I was.

One last thing, if you please. As I said, I JUST discovered you here on the internet, and am trying really hard to catch up. But I find myself a little jealous of the people who have known you for years, online and in life, and who you call friend. I truly believe friendship is equal parts earned and given, baked over time and topped with a dusting of respect and care ( a little corny, I know ). So I hope even though I'm coming into this late, over time, I can earn a place among those you call your internet friends, because now that I've found my home, I don't plan on going anywhere.

I didn't want to be "Anonymous" here, but I don't have any of those other accounts yet ( Facebook, Twitter, etc... ). Thanks again for taking the time to read this. I look forward to your next installment.

Jay Wendt
Prairie du Sac, WI
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