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Not feeling too bad today. Still annoyingly faint, still no sense of hunger, but not quite as badly detached from reality. No serious impact on my mood yet, but since returning to Raleigh, I haven't felt the need to collapse into a weeping heap, so overall, could be a lot worse.

Deb's parents and brother are coming to visit. It is a marker of how great a friend Deb is that she would allow me to stay with her during a stretch when her family is dropping in. It is a marker of the sardonic humor that the gods seem to be displaying lately that Deb's parents are Baptist missionaries.

"Are they gonna try and convert me?" I asked.

"Of course," said Deb, as if surprised I even had to ask.

"Ah."  I considered this. One does not belligerently proclaim one's skepticism in such cases--it'd be desperately rude to one's host to so disrupt the tenuous family harmony. Neither does one mention one's passing fondness for Ganesh to missionaries who worked in Thailand. "Okay, then I'm Catholic."

"You are not."

"I am so. I was baptized, I was just never confirmed."

"Eh, that'll work." (Oddly enough, claiming Catholicism does seem to work for me whenever people get the evangelical gleam. You become No Longer Their Problem. You're still going to hell, but a more respectable one.)

"And thank you for looking less goth than usual today," she added, eyeing me. (Because I am living out of a suitcase, my wardrobe at the moment consists of jeans and unrelieved black. And one brown t-shirt, which I was wearing.) "My mom's already going to say something about the tattoo..."

"Best investment I ever made." I swear, this thing starts more conversations. Not always conversations I wish to have, apparently, but still...

Wish me luck.

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Good luck and glad you have a way to beat off those religious conversion fanatics without shocking the elders. If this many people are going to hell, I doubt its going to be as bad as those religious fanatics seem to want me to think. Seems all my favorite people are going to join me there.

"Seems all my favorite people are going to join me there."

That particular sentiment, which I share, by the way, seems to have been around at least since the early 13th century, to judge by a famous passage in Aucassin et Nicolette, in which Aucassin makes a fabulous speech about how he wants to go to hell because all the cool people will be there!

Re: "Seems all my favorite people are going to join me there."

Whose love is given over-well
Shall look on Helen's face in hell,
Whilst they whose love is thin and wise
May view John Knox in paradise. Dorothy Parker

Not that I particularly like having people try to convert me to their religion, but that doesn't make them fanatics. Keep in mind that you're talking about the parents of one of Ursula's friends here.

No. That makes them proselytists, which is hardly better.

Mmm, yes, perhaps the wrong word used, no strong offense meant for the parents or others, but I have never been a fan of people attempting to convert others to their religion with more than a casual suggestion.

If you look at it from their point of view, though, they're really trying to do you a favor. If they didn't like you they wouldn't try to convert you and save you from hell. Lots of people just can't seem to get it in their heads that they may actually be turning more people away through their efforts than they're "saving." There ought to be better education on the matter.

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