Wednesday, June 13, 2007

7 things you probably don't know about me

I been tagged. By RedWifey. She wrote recently about "7 things you probably don't know about me", and now it's my turn. Here goes!

  1. I don't know how to tie a necktie. I mean, I could do it if I had a computer where I could look up the instructions, and a spare hour to experiment until I got it right. Since I don't need neckties at work or church, I just never got the hang of it. My few ties in the closet are pre-tied.

  2. I have three recurring nightmares or fears. Two happen in my sleep, but one while I"m awake. My two sleeping nightmares at that I : 1) check in the mirror and see that my teeth are loose, and start falling out 2) am startled to find that I'm back in school, and didn't realize that I was enrolled in a very tough class so I never attended it, leaving me a certain failing grade as the semester is almost over. My waking fear happens about once every six months, around 2am. I wake up suddenly and realize I'm actually doing the whole "grown up" thing -- wife, kids, job, house... it's all on me, and I'm hundreds of miles away from the home I grew up in... how shaky is it all? The feeling lasts about 20 seconds and then subsides, and I go back to sleep.

  3. My perspectives on God, faith, salvation and redemption are so completely different than most people in my church and in my family that I've never really shared them (except with Jamie). I'm afraid of the consequences, and don't want to be a source of tension to those I love.

  4. Most people think I have a good memory, but they don't know the half of it. Often I will fake that I barely remember something, and will talk in general terms about something I heard or read, when in actuality I remember the entire thing verbatim. I guess I do this so that I don't freak people out.

  5. I was a jerk as a baseball player. My athlete persona is one of complete narcissism and superiority. For some reason, I had to feel like I was absolutely the best player on the field (Earth to Michael -- I probably was not actually the best player every game). Even though my playing days are over, I'm certain that the old persona would return for a softball game. Whenever I've tried to play "nice", it didn't work, and I didn't have fun.

  6. I cook the breakfast for me and Jamie at least four days a week. The craziest part? It always has spinach in it. Yes, me, eating spinach. I make scrambled eggs mixed with shiitake mushrooms, baby spinach leaves, cheese and salsa. Sometimes we'll add turkey sausage on the side. We've been eating it for a few months now and are feeling better than ever -- it's been a healthy, consistent way for us to start our day.

  7. I was born in Arkansas and now live in Texas, but really don't care for hunting or fishing. It's just not my thing. And in college, I even joined the "redneck" fraternity that was all hunting and fishing. I just thought they were great guys and wanted to be a part of the friendships. Even today I'll go hunting or fishing with my father-in-law, or my family during summer vacation, and I'll certainly teach my kids how to fish, but it's never something I'd choose to do with my time. I expect this may change as I get older (my dad would have never considered gardening at 30 years old, but now he loves it).

OK, that'll do it. :)

Hal and Rob, if you're up for it, if you're man enough... tag, you're it!


MamaRose said...

Well, as your Mom, I confess, I think that #1 'fault' comes down on ME or your Dad, one--sorry--although, like you say, you DON'T NEED TO KNOW, now!

Also, your #4--YOUR DAD is the EXACT SAME WAY--AND, he doesn't tell others, either--that he REMEMBERS EVERYTHING (except folks' names) VERBATIM--just like you--or you're JUST LIKE HIM!!!!

Ya'll could be very entertaining, you know--just telling us all the 'weird' things you remember, word for word--like Dad can still remember what's written on the BACK of "CREST" TOOTHPASTE! It's come in SO 'handy' for him in our arguments--that we just about DON'T have them, anymore!!!!!

And, Your #3--I would be VERY curious to know how your feelings have changed about 'God, Faith, Salvation & Redemption'--you might be surprised to find out that OUR thoughts are VERY SIMILAR, after all--we've 'grown' & changed our ideas, TOO!!!!!

If you'd like to 'do' our 'Lesson' at the Lake that Sunday, the 22nd, that'd be GREAT with US!!!


MamaRose said...

OH, I forgot to tell you--I sometimes STILL have that 'Panicky/SCHOOL/Forgot to go to Class/am NOT going to Graduate WHEN I SHOULD' Nightmare, MYSELF!!!
And, it's been almost 35 YEARS since I was in College!! So, Good Luck with that one going away!!!LOVE YA, Mom

Hal Johnson said...

Well okay, I'll play ball, but I might retitle it "Seven Things You Probably Don't Know About Me That I'm Not Too Embarrassed to Admit."

FishrCutB8 said...

I've been tagged by you, Lou and Alwyn...guess I better get to it, huh?

Roland said...

You joined a hunting and fishing club, while I joined a Catholic youth group. I just liked the people.

It was particularly awkward when the newbies found out that that I wasn't exactly Catholic. I was an athiest at the time...

Redlefty said...

Hal, you're a good sport.

Rob, if everyone keeps tagging you, I believe that's a not-so-subtle hint to get your lazy butt in gear.

Roland, yet another experience we have in common. It's funny how it seems odd to people that we would choose relationships with people who may not agree with us on some things (faith, hunting, etc...).

Redlefty said...

Mom, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that I share so many of these quirks with you and Dad. There may be something to this whole "genes" thing after all!

I'll be sharing more on the faith stuff later on, I'm sure.