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message 1: by Sophia (last edited Mar 15, 2008 07:47PM) (new)

Sophia (pheephyphophum) | 176 comments Mod
#1 - You DO talk about Project Mayhem!
Invite your friends if what you see here moves you, for better or for worse. This is a place of open discussion, not debate, and everyone is welcome to discuss what truth is in their eyes.

#2 - Take a moment to write a lil something about yourself :-) What's your name and why? What do you enjoy most in this world and why? What do you do for a living and why? But most of all, what's your philosophy and why?

Thanks for the inspiration Molly

message 2: by Father (last edited Mar 20, 2008 09:33AM) (new)

Father | 43 comments Hello All,

Father Sluggo Diablo here. Yes, I know I show up as just Father Sluggo, but I'm called all three (as well as a few other vitupritive explatives). I'm rather new to the group web page thing. I've never had a Myspace account or been on anyother blog or forum site. This is my new Crack. Why? I love books. I enjoy writing (how good I am is questionable, some people like it, don't know why) and it appears that there is inteligent life out there besides the idiots that post videos on YouTube that were a waste of time to videotape and a bigger waste of time to look at.

As for me, I'll try to keep it short but won't promise. I've bartended and run a bar in Utah, of all places, for about 13 years. I got my name because I used to be a bit bigger than I am now, had a buzzed head and looked like Sluggo from "Sluugo and Nancy". I added to the name and used it on stage in the bands I used to play with and it kind of stuck. My mother and my wife are the only ones that don't call me Sluggo. I've recently added Real Estate to my life in hopes of making a bit more money. Oh well, so much for trying to be an artiste. Getting older and trying to provide sometimes take precedence. Music (both playing and listening) reading and writing are the things I enjoy most. Music has been part of my life since childhood thanks to my parents, a concert pianist and a rock 'n roll guitarist. My mother also minored in English so I grew up with bedtime stories by Shakespeare and my favorite, Beouwolf, which she would read to me in Olde English and then translate if I couldn't understand.

My philosophy... Tough question. I tie a lot of my thoughts to existentialism, but as Walter Kaufmann has said, Existentialists don't like being categorized. My time in Japan opened my eyes to a lot of eastern thought, or as I see it, wisdom. To sum my philosophy up in a sentence (or two): We must respect ousrselves, mankind, our world and preserve life as we know it regardless of religion, race, sex, politics, etc. We must find peace through the sharing of thought, openness to discussion, humor, and possitive thought.

Is that good enough? Too much info? Too bad, when I'm on a roll it's hard to stop me.

Thanks for including me in your group.

Father Sluggo

message 3: by Sophia (new)

Sophia (pheephyphophum) | 176 comments Mod
Thank you for being here and for sharing that. You sound like an amazing guy! Do you have any of your music up on youtube or any writing up online?

Don't be so modest, just from your comments, book reviews, and such I can tell you have an eloquence of style.

You are scaring me, Mom minored in English and went on to Master in it and become an English teacher, her favorite book to teach is Beowulf. I am a musician and I'm in real estate. :-) I thought I was a weird mix lol.

message 4: by Father (new)

Father | 43 comments Hmm...wierd, interesting connection. I assume we will have much to discuss.

As for the writing, the only thing I have online is the silly little poem I posted on my profile. The rest is in a stack of notebooks I have yet to go through and type up.

I left my last band about three years ago for health reasons, but, I just looked up the newest version of the website and it looks pretty cool. The band's site is There is also some stuff on MySpace. The remaining band hasn't finished recording since I left, so the stuff on the website has some of my music on it. It does look like it's linked to ITunes so I hope that you can at least sample it without downloading. And yes the band name is a bit silly, especially since there were 6 to 7 of us in the band at one time, but we had fun playing Reggae and Ska and they're still going at it. I'm planning a new project now, but no recording has been done. We'll see how it turns out before I say more.

Talk to you soon and enjoy life.

message 5: by Sophia (new)

Sophia (pheephyphophum) | 176 comments Mod
Awesome! Can't wait to check it out. I better follow my own advice and tell you guys about me. I was in an article recently that kind of summed me up if you wanna check it out:

message 6: by Nom de Plume (new)

Nom de Plume (nomdeplume) | 14 comments (at Sophia's request)

Hello, to you.

I am just getting a hang of how all the works.

About me... Mother of 3, married to firefighter, trapped in this 1950's type routine. When really I am a poet/revolutionary getting ready to launch my plans for world take over, the dutiful wife thing is merely a cover.

I really love people!!! But, I am disgusted by the apathy theat surrounds us, I am not interested in lite converstation. I want to engage and be engaged! Though, I love words and their art. In matters of life and religion, phlisophy and politics, words can only be kindling, we need motion to stop the wheels from cruching us.

Wow!!!! Anyway, that's me.

message 7: by Sophia (last edited Mar 27, 2008 10:42AM) (new)

Sophia (pheephyphophum) | 176 comments Mod
Wow! Nice to semi-meet you Oliver :-) You should really check out the "I've Got Work to Do" may be able to help Sabrina. She's unhappy with working in a place that literally feeds commercialism and an overly capitalist way of living.

You gotta tell us more about your travels and your current position. Sounds fascinating! Also, when you say risk management...was that like what Edward Norton did in Fight Club, ironically?

You say you're ready to debate? Uhh...sorry to disappoint, but while we have some heated discussions on here sometimes, overall that's not the intention. Hope I wasn't misleading about that, but the beauty of this group is that we focus more on being informative, questioning common assertions about things said to be true, and most of all finding actual remedies for the biggest and smallest inequities in our world...or just around us.

Of course, please challenge anything that doesn't resonate with you but I find that debating tends to give more power to the topic of opposition, while we prefer to take the approach of looking at the thermometer and not just whether it's hot or cold outside, u dig?

Long story short, lol, WELCOME and I can't wait to hear what you have to share. Sounds like we can all learn a lot from ya'.

message 8: by Sophia (new)

Sophia (pheephyphophum) | 176 comments Mod
WOW, congrats man!!

message 9: by Dash (new)

Dash | 1 comments Greetings to all! My name is Dash - I am a 34 year old visual artist and student of life. My passion is learning and living in a manner consistent with my convictions. I too am tired of being spoon-fed bullshit and the corporate media crap that assaults the senses from every angle in this commercialized age of ours. I am particularly interested in the ways that artists can subvert and manipulate the status quo, taking the power of thought by the reigns of free expression.

I am currently fighting end-stage renal failure, and am in need of a kidney transplant. I do not allow my disability to define me, however, and am all about living a meaningful and full life which makes a difference in this world through action and example.

I will write more later in the forums, and am looking forward to participating in Project Mayhem!

message 10: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (randymandy) Jesus, Dash, I didn't know that. Now I want to hug and kiss you. (don't tell whoever you bought the book for that I said that--wink wink.) Seriously, man, I want to download that brain of yours...

message 11: by Nom de Plume (new)

Nom de Plume (nomdeplume) | 14 comments Nice to have you here. I agree with all you said!

message 12: by Geezer (new)

Geezer (timeiscoming) Greetings!

Texas is my home for the time being.
ESL Teacher, psychologist by trade, poet and ranter/raver by night, Internet junkie 24/7.

This state is a difficult one to strive for the one global consciousness. However, i have found that the best places to grow and evolve are in those where one is the outcast, the miscreant, the compassionate cynic.

Any thoughts on comfort versus chaos?

Cheers and a deuce from the durty south.

message 13: by Sophia (new)

Sophia (pheephyphophum) | 176 comments Mod
Hi Gabers!

Comfort vs. Chaos? What's your take on that? I'll jump in from context clues, lol.

But it is more fun to be the outkast. When you find others, you tend to stick together more. :-) I'd rather have a few intellectual close friends than a bunch of distant stupid associates.

message 14: by Father (last edited Apr 13, 2008 10:41AM) (new)

Father | 43 comments Right on again Sophia!

Gabers, looking forward to see what another "outcast" has to say. Try living in Utah where your parents glorify your job as being an Entertainment Manager for a club, rather than what it really is, a bar manager/bartender/entertainment manager. I felt like an outcast when I moved back here. I stayed because I found other like minds with similar backgrounds that they had left behind to become what they wanted. And as Sophia said: I'd rather have a few intellectual close friends than a bunch of distant stupid associates.
When going against the percieved norm I have found others that feel the same way. So are we outcasts, or are the so called normal people outcasts?;-)

message 15: by Sophia (new)

Sophia (pheephyphophum) | 176 comments Mod
ooooo....good point.

Maybe we're normal because we realize that no one is or will be. The reality is that there are just "commonly accepted" behaviors, looks, and practices I guess. I think we also realize that those commonly accepted things aren't always true, right, or necessary.

message 16: by Gus (last edited Apr 25, 2008 08:10AM) (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Hi kids,

My name is Gus, but I go sometimes by my nom de Internete, Dabi. That name was given to me by my wife, which was her way of pronouncing a name that was given to me by my godmother way back when...ah, who cares? Blah.

Currently, I'm employed somewhat gainfully as an Information Technology, Project Manager for a rather well-known financial institution. You probably bank with us. If so, I'm sorry, I can't do anything about those hidden fees or overdraft charges. I can get you a free t-shirt, though.

What do I enjoy? Hmm...let's see...origami, playing the trombone, practicing judo with the kids across the street...wait, that didn't sound right. I love to read (DUH!), watch and collect movies, listen to all kinds of music, and spend time with my wife and newborn daughter. Christ, I sound like a contestant on Wheel of Fortune...Hi Pat! Hi Vanna!

Oh, and I love to blog. About all kinds of shit. Whether I'm bitching about "Billary" or the stupid people I call my neighbors, or raving about stuff I love, I can be found blogging at my MySpazz blog page

My personal philosophy can be described as a mix of healthy scepticism and guarded optimism. Although I'm an argumentative prick, I believe in having an open mind about things. I just can't stand being bullshitted or bullshat upon. This coming from someone who can heave the bullpoopie with the best of them. It's what I do for a living. If there's a philosophical quote that best summarizes my take on life, it's this one from the late, great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

"I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." .

Coincidentally, I love farting, so Kurt's take on the meaning of life works for me.

Alright, I'm done. I like this group, and I think I'm going to enjoy being here.

Namaste, y'all!

message 17: by Sophia (new)

Sophia (pheephyphophum) | 176 comments Mod
LOL, You're funny.

Congrats on the BAY-BEHH!!!

(If anyone has a single solitary moment of their life to devote to one of those stupid judge shows that come on network TV...please watch an episode of Divorce Court. The announcer pronounces the last 2 syllables of every sentence with so much force and fervency, it's hilarious! Then you too will hear the word BAY-BEH pronounced in your head the way I mean for it to come across in the sentence above. Thank you.)

And thank you, Gus :-)

message 18: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Divorce Court is the SHIT!

You'll be glad to know my bay-beh's name is also Sophia. So you've got that going for you. Which is nice.

message 19: by Sophia (new)

Sophia (pheephyphophum) | 176 comments Mod
I like that...I think I live by a modified version of that: Let the highs keep you high, so you don't ever have to go too low. ;-)

You sound soooo much like my friend Sha, it's crazy. She's one of those girl's who likes sports like guys do, lol. What do you like best about baseball? Maybe you can inspire me to watch some games.

Thank YOU for joining and can't wait to hear more from you on the various topics on here.


PLEASE feel free to start new topics. Have at it. This is YOUR avenue for discussion, too. What's on your mind lately? What sorts of things do you wish to see happen in the world around you?

message 20: by Catamorandi (last edited Jun 15, 2008 01:22AM) (new)

Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) Hi!

I'm Catamorandi. I go by both Cat and Andi. I used to live in the Chicago area (Go Cubbies). I moved here to Topeka in 1994. I love it here. I couldn't handle the hustle-bustle of the Chicago area. I was consistently going into psychiatric hospitals as a result of that. I love it here in Topeka. It is so peaceful in comparison. I haven't found a whole lot of it yet, though. I have been going to school since 1971. I went into the office major at College of DuPage. I went to Northern Illinois University and studied elementary education. I didn't really care for that. I am not in the least bit tolerant of children. I went back to College of DuPage and got an AA in business. I have been going to Washburn University in Topeka off and on (mostly off)since 1996. I have had three majors here. I majored in computer information systems (not that logical), business (borrrrrrrrrrring!), and am now majoring in English writing (finally have the nerve to do what I really want to do). That is my occupation at the moment. I like the Cubbies, being with friends, reading, writing, working on the internet, and being in touch with nature. Unfortunately, the only philosophy I have right now is that everyone else comes before me.

message 21: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth My name is Elizabeth. I live in Miami, Florida. I’m a civil/environmental engineer and on the whole, do very unimportant work. My favorite author is Gloria Naylor. I like to read mainly
• non-fiction, about all the sneaky stuff the powerful people do and how stupid George Bush is;
• historical fiction, especially about slaves, kings, queens, and prostitutes (really, it’s interesting); and
• generally anything dealing with Black folks.

message 22: by C (new)

C Green (dettes) | 2 comments hi,

my name is claudette, but most people call me dettes… hmmm not good with talking about myself but here goes… for the most part just enjoying the peace i have in my life is the most important thing to me… i actually work for an insurance company, go figure, and you know i just got the correlation… lol… peace and a job that gives peace of mind… lol, thanks sophia… (and please don’t take my writing in lower case negatively, it’s just what i do an expression of d… :-)... )

live, love, enjoy life… the only way i’ve found to truly be happy is to be happy with oneself… if you do everything with a smile on your face there will always be light around you…

message 23: by Ash (new)

Ash Pappas | 1 comments Hello!

I'm Lexi. I'm not even sure what my profile name is here. My actual name is Alexa, and I went by that for years. However, after high school I felt like a totally different person. I felt I was oppressed and couldn't be myself, so once I went off to college and could be myself, I did. Sorry for all the info, but you asked!
I am currently a mother and a college student. My favorite thing in the world is my little boy! Books and coffee are also wonderful too.
As for my philosophy, I'm still figuring that out.

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