Given the success of the previous Q & A with myself, as well as the fact that I simply cannot be defined by a mere list of twenty quirky facts (well, that and I have some new material I wanted to share!), a second installment seems in order. So, I present your (attempt at) levity for the day. Again, I look forward to and welcome your comments.
20 MORE Little Known Facts About Me . . .
1) I am thoroughly convinced that anything in the world . . . anything . . . can be made funny by including a monkey.
2) Sometimes, I wish I were Jewish. I have a deep, deep respect for the beauty, antiquity, and power of that faith tradition. I am also very appreciative of the Jewish roots of Christianity, and think scholars should humbly remain mindful of this historical fact.
3) I wish more theologians read the biblical text. I also, at times, wish more biblical scholars read theologians. This is an unfortunate divide.
4) I pride myself on my sense of humor and quick wit. Truly, I would say I am quite funny (and yes, I realize claiming such a thing here means I’m not funny at all).
5) My wife and I used to fight over who got to change (read that again, who GOT TO CHANGE) my newborn son’s diapers. Now that he’s almost two and eating real food, this pattern has changed dramatically.
6) The one course in high school that ruined my 4.0 GPA (and took away the possibility of me being valedictorian) was . . . gym. Seriously, I get a ‘B’ because I can’t run a mile in under 14 minutes?!
7) I did not ask my wife out on our first date . . . I used to be a customer service manager at my hometown grocery store, and I had one of my cashiers do it. Yes, ladies—smooth operator here. No wonder she married me!
8 ) I refuse to pronounce the Divine Name (YHWH). When I need to write it, I never include the vowels; it is always YHWH. If I need to say ‘it’ aloud, be it in translation, paper presentation, or casual conversation, I will say “Adonai.” I also think it is terribly presumptuous for anyone–Christians included–to pronounce it.
9) I admit to being a horrible audience member at paper presentations (such as SBL). My mind wanders easily, and then I end up being embarrassed to ask my question given it may have been discussed at a point where my mind was elsewhere.
10) I don’t think there is anything wrong with saying another man is good looking.
11) I am terribly unhandy. Anything we own (entertainment center, coffee tables, computer desk, storage cabinets, bookcases, etc.) have all been assembled by my wife. My job consists solely in asking “now the philips screwdriver is the line or the little star?”
12) I don’t drink alcohol. Not for any religious reason, I just never have. Not in HS, not in undergrad, and still not now. I simply have no interest in it.
13) You will never see me writing in my Hebrew Bible (BHS, or my Tanak from Israel). I will, however, mark up an English Bible (read: translation) with no problems.
14) Earlier I mentioned my parents own a pet store. Among the main attractions they have had over the last 30 years have been a pot-bellied pig named Arnold, a giant iguana named Iggy, a capuchin monkey named Josh, and currently a ruby mccaw named Boji.
15) I think South Park is one of the most brilliant shows on TV for its social commentary. I don’t keep up with the show from week to week, but I do watch various older episodes on my on-demand service every so often.
16) When professional wrestling (WWE) comes to town, I hang out behind the arena before the show for about 4-5 hours in the hopes of meeting the wrestlers when they arrive. It has thus far been a success; I have met countless wrestlers, and gotten numerous pictures and autographs.
17) I can’t stand socks. I hate wearing them, and touching dirty ones grosses me out something fierce.
18) At least two of my Baylor colleagues have noted (and one explicitly told me he ripped off) what is apparently my unique fashion sense. When courses are in session and I am on campus, I simply wear jeans, either a polo or a button-up shirt (untucked), and a suit jacket. I call it the Gregory House look (from the Fox tv show “House, M.D.”).
19) I have three distinct yet interrelated skin colors/tones in the summer, and every summer follows this same pattern: white, red, freckled. It is impossible for me to get a tan.
20) My favorite part of the day is when my son gives me a kiss goodnight after saying his evening prayers.
I think that is a fine list! Please do let me know your thoughts, as well as any questions you may have for me. Let this be the opportunity for you to “better know” me. What do you want to know? Topics, categories, specific questions? Should this “series” continue? If so, what should I do next?