Clearly at this point, if you are here, you have some ties to me. What that means is, you already know some things about me. For instance, you would know already that I am a devout Christian whose love of Christ directs my life. If you know me, you also know that my wife and I are HUGE Green Bay Packers fans. So much so, that for Christmas two years ago, Kelly bought me a share of stock in the Packers (which makes us owners!). I am also unabashedly a lover of movies and all things tech. I figured for the remainder of this post, I would reveal some of my favorite things to you. These are material in nature, no spiritual value is attached to them in the least. I figure we will cover that in some other post later in this adventure.
1. Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption. I don’t think there is any other movie, that no matter what I’m doing, I will stop and watch. Anytime its on TV, or anywhere for that matter, I’m there. I have read the “novella” that was the precursor to this movie and it was great, but there was just something about getting this as a visual representation of the story that made it all so real. The acting (great performances by both Robbins and Freeman) draws me in every time. Everything from the Rita Hayworth poster to the outfits that the prisoners were wearing is a phenomenal picture of what all of it looked like in my mind.
2. Favorite Movie Series: The Godfather. Is there any more iconic film series than The Godfather? Kelly had avoided watching these movies for a very long time, but recently had occasion to watch them with me (well, the first two anyways, and really that’s all there really is right? I could really leave the third one out completely) and saw just how much these movies had permeated into our popular culture. It’s astounding to me to see how many people quote these movies on an almost daily basis, and some don’t even realize it.
3. Favorite Sci-Fi Series: Star Wars. When George Lucas unleashed this series on the world, I’m not sure that he was prepared for the avalanche of nerd following that was to accompany it. For me, an unabashed Geek, there is no sci-fi heights that reach higher than Star Wars. As a kid (and really as an adult too) I could sit and watch these movies over and over again. The only thing that comes in at a close second for me would be Lord of the Rings…
4. Guilty Pleasure Movie: Gone in 60 Seconds. That’s right I said it. I LOVE this movie. While the quality is lacking (and let’s be honest, this isn’t an Oscar nominated film), I often find myself drawn to this movie. From the soundtrack to Nicholas Cage’s swagger, I often find myself watching this movie, or at least having it on in the background while I do something else constructive. This is another movie that I will watch almost anytime its on. Seriously, don’t tell anybody about this one…
5. I am a shameless Apple Enthusiast. Its not that I shun the PC, or Windows for that matter. In fact, both have been very good to me over the years. I work on a PC. Its just that for me, Apple is where its at. I know, I know, I’m an elitist. I know, I know, I should just get a black turtleneck and go vegan. Here’s my thing: It just works. When I was younger, I didn’t mind spending time digging deep into settings, or spending hours finding the right driver to help get whatever new piece of hardware I had just gotten going, but now, if I don’t have to, I’m not doing that. I am currently writing this post from my iMac, but I started it on my iPad, and even reread part of it on my iPhone while receiving internet from my Apple Airport Extreme (don’t you just want to yell that word every time you see it? I know I do. Let’s try it here: EXTREME! Yep, feels about right.). If that makes me a Mac Elitist, so be it. By the way everyone, you can thank my brother-in-law Sean Warren for convincing me to move to a Mac in the first place. Thank you Sean.
6. I LOVE the Green Bay Packers. I know this was mentioned before in this post, but I didn’t feel like you would understand me well if I didn’t reiterate that. Kelly and I are owners. Let me let that sink in…..We are owners. Like I said at the beginning, Kelly purchased a share of stock in the Packers (which is the only Professional sports franchise to be publicly owned) at Christmas last year. I vote in stockholders meetings. I watch games whenever they are on TV. I get updates from Sportscenter on my phone whenever something Packers-related happens. I get emails from the organization. I follow as many tweets from players on Twitter that I can. To say were are fans would be a true understatement. Thanksgiving this year was time-shifted so that Kelly and I could watch the game (Shout-Out goes out to my in-laws for that by the way – THANKS Mom 2!). If you have ever watched a game with Kelly and I, know that I apologize in advance for any hearing loss you may incur by being in close proximity to my wife. Seriously…earplugs could be necessary.
7. I love Photography. Seriously. Is there anything cooler than capturing a moment in time and then being able to look back on it. In my opinion there’s not. I know, I know, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and all that. I think that’s true though. Look at all the ways that we use photography and imagery in general on a daily basis. Good and bad. Go ahead, consider it. Ladies, how many times have you cut a picture out of a magazine and taken it to the salon to get your hair “exactly like that” (fingers pointing at the picture as if having the picture there with you were not enough). Fellas, I don’t know about you, but before I could drive, I cut pictures out dreaming of the car I would purchase. (Which, by the way, was always a Mustang or a Lamborghini) My brother-in-law, Sean Warren, that dude captures some seriously powerful images. I like to fancy myself to be a decent photographer, but that guy, he could fund Compassion International solo. We could also talk endlessly about the negativity that an image can bring, but that’s not my purpose here.
8. Favorite Book: Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I have read this book several times over the years. I love watching the inner struggle of the charge that the demons are given and how the tone of the letters changes once their charge becomes a Christian. I see so much of me in that book that when I read it, I feel like it was written about me. Every time I read it, I find something else in my life that could be affected by something that Lewis portrays in the book. I watch the struggle between flesh and spiritual and always walk away thinking, “Man, I wonder if that’s why that happens to me so often.” While I know that there isn’t a ton of scripture based around the actual battle in the background for souls, I know that there is one raging, and it could very well happen as Lewis depicts it.
9. I love trucks. I’m not a hick, I swear, but for some reason, I just feel more “manly” when I’m driving one. Currently I do not have a truck, but the next vehicle I buy…it’ll be a truck. And let’s be totally clear here, I won’t be “mudding” or anything of that sort. In all honesty, I’ll probably have what Phil Robertson would classify as a “yuppie” truck. You know the kind, it’s always clean, has tons of technology in it, and rarely gets used for its intended purpose. Yep, I’m Yuppie Truck bound….
10. Finally to close, I love tech. There, I said it. I’m talking about a nerd-embracing kind of enjoyment of tech. That’s right, I read tech blogs. That’s right, I’ve listened to and watched product announcements. I’ve even watched live-blogs devoted to the reveal of the next big thing. I love figuring out how that thing is going to fit into mine and Kelly’s life and how that I am going to leverage it to make things better, then once that challenge is over, I’m going to tell everyone about it. It’s in my problem-solving nature. If we are talking in casual conversation, and I know something that’s going to make your life easier, 9 times out of 10, I’m going to tell you about it. I might even be annoying about it. I apologize in advance if I am or have been to you. I promise, its solely because I care about you and I really just want to help you out.
Thank you for reading this small portion of who I am and what makes me up. I’ll be getting more to you in the near future.