Things Unspectacular and Slightly Less Unspectacular

Iyov memed me and so I have to tell you six unspectacular things about myself.

1) In my first “band” (yes, the quotes are necessary), the drummer didn’t actually have a drum set and used to bang on a chair.

2) As a child my sister’s pet turtle ate my pet goldfish.

3) I’m the only person in my department who has performed in Butler’s Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall (I accompanied my son on the piano for one of his early violin recitals). I think “performed” probably needs quotes too.

4) When I lived in Romania I was extremely excited to be able to buy homogenized milk in a carton (in Romania they sell milk in plastic bags) from Hungary. I would bring back multiple containers and freeze them until the next trip.

5) I tidy up my desk about once a semester (apart from the space right in front of me where I need to work).

6) I often have trouble coming up with one last thing to mention about myself when memed, and may spend long amounts of time agonizing over it before eventually giving up.

Iyov gives the lengthy chain of transmission of the meme, but I don’t have the patience to reproduce it here (or the interest to link to some of those blogs). But I do have to pass it on, and so I send it to: Drew Tatusko, Michael Halcomb, Kay Paris, Michael Homan, John Shuck and Jay Steele.

Meme Terms and Conditions

  1. Link to the person who tagged you.
  2. Mention the rules on your blog.
  3. List six unspectacular things about you.
  4. Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.

Here’s more:

I’ve been interviewed at Pisteuomen, where you can learn even more about me. I won’t try to compare the significance of the facts I share those with the ones I shared here – you can do that yourselves.

Elsewhere around the web and blogosphere, Drulogion continues looking at N. T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope. NT Wrong talks about women and the empty tomb. Dharma Wants You has released its sixth assessment. Debunking Christianity shares a video that explains why those who understand science laugh at young-earth creationists:

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  • John W. Loftus

    Interesting interview. James Dunn, eh? Wow. He’s one of the writers who initially moved me to the left of Christian thought. I am curious about your newest book on Jesus and what you think historical studies can show.

  • James F. McGrath

    Hi John! I think that there will always be a more probable explanation for the fact that we have miracle stories than positing “a miracle occurred”. Miracles are never probable. Even an Evangelical like Tom Wright can acknowledge that. To my thinking, while there are some places where historical evidence challenges the factuality of the Biblical text, a far more fundamental challenge for Christians is that historical study can never provide the certainty fundamentalists tend to seek, least of all about those particular things fundamentalists consider most important.In the book, the central point I argue about the burial is that Jesus was not given an honorable burial. I then reflect on what this might have led the disciples of Jesus to try to do, and eventually come to believe, as a result.Wow, it sounds more like a teaser to get you to read the book than a straight answer, doesn’t it…? :)

  • John Shuck

    Thanks for the link on the meme. I may (or probably will not) get to it, but I appreciate you thinking of me. John and James! Sons of Thunder. Two guys whose books on my immediate list. John I have skimmed the whole and read half. Will do a review on my blog. But to tell the truth, the review might be kind of boring since I haven’t found anything I disagree with yet.James, yours is on order. But you know, we keep burying him, but every year he pops out again.

  • Kay

    I will put up my unspectacular list in the next couple of days. Thanks for thinking of me. :)