I smoke pot almost every day, sometimes I laugh at rape jokes, I LOVE getting blowjobs, I say fuck all the time, and, well, I frequent this place. Now, guess where I am right now... If you said the national convention of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Orlando, Florida, you were right! I should explain: My family was always religious, and I was raised Christian. We went to the Adventist church until I was about 12, at which time the church politics got to be too much even for my parents, so we switched to some other protestant branch. Around 16 I started to realize I didn't actually agree with pretty much everything the church taught, and now, at 23, I'm some sort of agnostic-atheist-what the fuck IS this?? hybrid. My mom, on the other hand, is more religious than ever. She's still awesome, and I love the shit out of her, which is why I'm here. We spent a few days in California visiting family, and now we're here because some friends of hers invited us and she wanted to check it out. So, here I am, listening to talks about how the Earth was created in 6 days, the end times are upon us, and so on. Adventists are vegans, they don't drink any alcohol, obviously no drugs, they won't do ANYTHING on Sabbath (Saturday) except pray and go on nature walks and shit, and the music is positively awful. Adventist hymns/songs/whatever make regular gospel music look like Hendrix. The people are really nice, and I actually see some good in the faith (whether it outweighs the bad or the crazy, it's hard to say), but I feel more than a little out of place. All these people talk about is Jesus (fair enough, it's their convention), and I don't think they would like my rape jokes. FOCUS: When/where have you felt completely out of place? Did you get beat up cheering for the away team? Grow up in small town with a bunch of country bumpkins while all you wanted to do was move to the city and be a dancer? Durbanite, did you go to a strip club? Sorry, couldn't resist.