Howdy. I’m Katherine, and I figure that I should introduce myself before truly posting anything. So, here goes…
One of the key things to know about me is that I’m a born-and-raised Houstonian, which means that saying, “Howdy!” is completely within my rights as a Texan. Of course, that’s not all that comes with the territory. It also means that I live smack-dab near two things: a whole jumble of NASA facilities and a big mess of churches. You see, growing up near the Johnson Space Center has obvious benefits, even if you’re not an aspiring astronaut. Because there are so many engineers in my area, schools tend to encourage students to focus more on science and math than districts in other areas might. It’s also given me a lot of cool opportunities that I wouldn’t have had elsewhere, like being able to talk with tons of experts in science-related fields. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet quite a few astronauts and, because my family knows some of them personally, I’ve been able to reap the benefits and see multiple shuttle launches in-person.
But, there are also tons of churches down here in Texas. I was raised sort-of Catholic as a result, going to Sunday school every week, but rarely mass. I wasn’t ever really Catholic, though; I just followed the flow of the crowd. So, even though I didn’t actually believe what the youth ministers and priests told me, I didn’t think that I had any other options than Catholicism. That was it, as far as I knew. But, unlike some people, I didn’t have an epiphany. There was no moment when I just went, “AHA!” and suddenly realized that I was an atheist or a skeptic. Again, I live near the Johnson Space Center, so everyone in my neighborhood tends to be up-to-date concerning NASA goings-on. I’ve never been a fan of watching the news–I get my news by reading blogs or official online news outlets–and it was inevitable that I should stumble across Badastronomy.com. So, I suppose that if I had anything even remotely close to an epiphany, that moment was it.
But, I didn’t really officially state, “I am an atheist,” for awhile; people can be unaccepting. It took until Phil Plait was on Penn Jillette’s radio show talking with him, Michael Goudeau (the co-host), and Joe Rogan (well-known for hosting Fear Factor) about the moon landing. Something about Joe Rogan constantly and humbly admitting that he had “zero idea” about many aspects of the moon landing, but was standing up for the hoax theory anyway, was inspiring. Sure, he was wrong. Sure, Dr. Plait was dancing circles around him, in my opinion. But, at least he was able to publicly stand up and shout (loudly and repeatedly, I’d like to add) about what he believed. That was encouraging in a weird way, and that’s when I really became a skeptic.
But, I digress. Seeing as how I’ve basically spilled out a large chunk of my life story, I’ll wrap things up with a few key facts about me.
- It’s kind of weird that I was listening to Jillette’s radio show, I suppose. But, it’s worth mentioning that Sabrina the Teenage Witch was one of my favorite shows when I was younger, and Penn & Teller popped up in a few of my favorite episodes. I’ve also got ties to Las Vegas and loved the Masked Magician when I was very young. (I am now a fan of actual magicians and recognize the lameness of the Masked Magician, but I was 5 or 7 when he came on TV. Nearly everything impresses kids at that age.)
- I love Star Trek (Voyager is my favorite series, but The X-Files will always come first. I’ve seen every episode–yes, all 202 of them–and also loved the novels when I was little, too.
- I am a huge fan of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and have been since I saw Jeeves & Wooster.
- I’m an Internet nerd, and probably have an account with every web service that you can name. I watch and listen to more podcasts than television or radio shows and am a tried-and-true web 2.0 geek.
Anyway, hopefully this gives you a vague idea as to what I’m actually like. I can’t wait to see what direction this blog goes in, and I’m very happy to be a part of it.
Also, I don’t usually like using emoticons in posts, but I feel like this is a special occasion.