My name is Jackie and I'm from Boston, MA. And I suck at these introduction type thingies.
Anyway, I'm a fan of The Atheist Experience and The Non-Prophets, and like many fans not in Texas, I found them via youtube and the rest followed.
I am an Atheist, been one since I was around 16 and I'm a member of the Boston Atheists meetup group. I work for the City of Boston doing data entry type stuff for building, electrical, plumbing, and gas permits. I'm a huge cat lover and I'm into things like sci-fi and fantasy books/tv, anime, cosplay, and conventions. I'm also support gay rights and positive atheism and I have an atheist blog called Candy Coloured Frown
I was raised and baptised Catholic. My call to atheism began when a priest did a lecture on Confirmation and told us that it was a choice not tradition. As a result I started thinking about the doubts I already had, but never gave any credence to. I made the transition from doubting, to non-catholic, to deist, to agnostic, and finally atheist. (I say agnostic in the colloquial term, I now consider myself an agnostic atheist given the actual definition of agnostic). I think I realized I was truly an atheist when I was dealing with a lot of depression in my life and came to the realization that I can control my life and need to stop expecting quick fixes. So I refused drugs and therapy and instead dealt with my problems by reaching out to friends and turning to positive things when my life seemed really bad. This helped me to deal with my situational depression and as a result I've always embraced the notion that you're responsible for your own actions, good or bad and that you can to some extent control the situations that you are in. God has nothing to do with it.
So there's me in a nutshell, sort of. I look forward to meeting and talking with people.