If you’re a Facebook user you’ve likely been tagged by someone on your friends list with the “25 Random Things About Me” chain letter (of sorts) that’s going around. I’ve decided to re-post mine here on my blog. Here’s how it works:
Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.
If you’re not a Facebook user you obviously can’t post your own and “tag” me with them here. But feel free to post 25 random things about yourself as a comment below. OR… if you’ve posted this on Facebook or MySpace, feel free to post a link to your answers or paste them all in here as well. I wanna know about you!
1. From as early an age as I can remember, my father always told me that I’m the smartest person he knows. I’ve always believed him. This has led to an ego that is probably more “healthy” than it should be, as I have to admit that I don’t believe there are many people in the world more intelligent than I am, despite evidence to the contrary.
2. I produced porn for 9 years, fueled by intense anger towards Christianity and a belief that there are few people more despicable than some of the “Christians” I’ve met in my life. I confused God with those who claimed to represent Him. Although I surrendered my life to Him in September of 2006, I still despise legalism and would like to get rid of the chip I have on my shoulder towards anyone who even hints at being legalistic. That’s a work in progress.
3. I’m currently in a Seminary Program through Hope International University, which will eventually lead to a Masters in Ministry. I am not sure what I’ll do with this, but the education is the point. I feel the need to rewire all that I think about God, the Bible, and Christianity, and this program has been amazing. My favorite course so far has been exegesis, which basically means discovering what the text meant to the people who wrote it and to those who lived in the time it was written. Love it!
4. I really love people, but I also need lots of alone time. If I don’t get enough time all to myself I become very grumpy and a bit mean. My tongue can be very sharp.
5. I have an adorable 4 month old English Mastiff puppy. He farts a lot. His cute face makes up for it. He’s the calmest puppy I’ve ever known, and I take him everywhere with me.
6. Remember how I mentioned the big chip on my shoulder towards legalism? I have that same chip towards ultra liberalism and can’t understand why people have to fit stereotypes so much… why can’t people just meet in the middle or lean slightly one way or another? Why does it have to be all or nothing? Grrrr. Grrrr. GRRRRRRRR. (did I mention, grrr?) We can learn something from everyone if we’re not too stubborn to do so. That is a fact.
7. I love to laugh and have an odd sense of humor. The funniest thing in the world is witnessing my 9 year old son laugh at the same things I laugh at. Ask me to tell you about how he looked up at the night sky and said to his mother, “I think I see Uranus!” while trying to keep a straight face.
8. I believe God invented Sushi specifically for me. If you don’t like it, that’s because it’s for me. I’m not offended cause that leaves more… for me. Are you pickin’ up what I’m layin’ down?
9. I remember trying to break the window of our house with my head when I was somewhere around 3 years old… because the school bus was outside and I wanted to go to school. My mother doesn’t remember this happening. I think she’s wrong.
10. I used to have a very weak stomach, easily grossed out by… well, just about anything. This all changed the very day my son was born. Since his mother was recovering from a C-Section, I changed that first meconium diaper, got it all over my hands, and was on top of the world. Soon, wiping snot with my bare hands, being puked on, and changing nasty diapers was something I loved because everything about my son is perfect in my eyes.
11. My son’s mother constantly emails or calls to tell me things that are supposed to prove to me that my son is a mere mortal and that I must stop esteeming him on the level of a god. I’m not buyin’ a word of it!
12. As a child, I once had my eyeball licked by one of the people I tagged in this note. I still remember it. She is the only person who has ever licked my eyeball.
13. I am unashamedly an Apple Fanboi. It is true: Mac users are much more intelligent than the rest of the world! 🙂
14. I get a huge rush out of standing in front of a crowd of people. I like to look at their faces and watch their reactions. I would do that every day if given the opportunity. The larger the crowd, the better. The largest crowd I’ve spoken to so far has numbered in the thousands.
15. Instead of seeing a deity waiting to send me to hell at every opportunity, who looks down from the clouds watching my every move with a huge scowl on His face, I’ve come to know God as a perfect Father who feels even more intensely about me than I do about my son (see #11). I learn a lot about the nature of God by examining my relationship with Caden. This changes everything.
16. Food is my drug. I love to eat. There are very few edible items that I’ve tried that I DON’T like (except chicken feet and octopus…. YUCK!)
17. I could tell you stories from my previous occupation that would make you puke on your keyboard. I won’t do so. I haven’t told anyone some of them, and don’t really think I ever will.
18. I refuse to cower in shame at what I used to do for a living. That doesn’t mean I don’t regret it, ’cause there will probably never be a day of my life that I don’t… but I refuse to be beat up over it, either by my own accord or from the mouth of others.
19. In his entire life, I’ve never once raised my voice to my son. I’ve only spanked him one time in his 9 years on earth (I regret it, even though he didn’t really feel it – it went like this: smack! “Look at that car, dad!” as he saw a cool car that passed by right as I swatted him). I instead get down on my knees at his level and speak rationally with him, never using the phrase “because I said so”, as I believe that is a lazy parent cop-out. He obeys because he UNDERSTANDS. I also whisper in his ears when discipline is needed in public because I don’t feel it is okay to embarrass him in front of others. And, contrary to what I was taught growing up, adults are NOT more important than him… they can wait for him to finish talking just as easily as he can when THEY are talking first, and I have no problem making sure they know it.
20. In correlation with #1, my son is the smartest person I know. His mother would roll her eyes if she were to read that.
21. I am self employed and work from home or from coffee shops or from… wherever I feel like turning on my laptop. I manage and market auto dealer websites. My job is to basically oversee everything related to their website, increase their search engine relevance, and increase the number of visitors they receive. I learned how to do this from owning porn sites that at one time received 12 million visitors per month. Although the content is not nearly as interesting to some as what I used to do, the same principles apply. I love what I do.
22. I have no problem crying while watching a movie, when reading a book, or when moved by a good song. Real men cry. Period.
23. I am not embarrassed to talk about Jesus, grace, forgiveness, free will… to anyone at any time. This doesn’t mean I walk up to strangers and try to start conversations, because I feel that is pushy and rather tacky. But if the opportunity presents itself I’ll take it. My favorite time to do this is on airplanes, where everyone wants to know where everyone else is heading, and why.
24. I love scuba! I love scuba! I love scuba! Did I mention I love scuba? What an amazing experience to be swimming under the sea with all the creatures who live underwater! I am certified as an advanced diver through NAUI. Let’s go diving sometime!
25. I am SO afraid of heights that to look over the face of a dam, for example, I must crawl to the edge. The scariest experience of my entire life was jumping out of a plane at 12,000 feet, followed closely by bungy jumping at a fair once. My stomach is in knots just thinking about it.