I found this post that is one of the first things I ever posted on this blog and I thought it would be interesting to update it. My original answers are in black italics, my new answers are in red italics.
1. What are your first and middle names?
My first name is Rodney and my middle name is Earl
2. Are you named after anyone?
I am named after my two grandfathers. Rodney was my Dads’ Dad and Earl was my Moms’ Dad. They passed away within two weeks of each other when I was in High School in that order, boy I was scared for awhile. And I loved them both. Just wrote about them today.
3. Are you married with children?
I have been married to the lovely Ruth Ann since 1985. We knew each other for thirteen years before we got married. We went to different high schools together. She went toChurchill High School and I went to South Eugene. But we were in the same high school group together at Berean Baptist Church. I have two great sons, Dan and David. Dan is named for Dan Simons and Scott Lowe and was born in 1986. David is named for Dave Dravecky and was born in 1989. Dan and his partner, Shalyhn have a two year old daughter Nola and live in Eugene. David and his partner, Serena live in Portland.
4. What do you do for a living?
I work for the Multnomah County Library. The library has a used bookstore called the Title Wave Used Bookstore. It sells everything that the library can no longer use for a variety of reasons. 6 years later I am still managing the Title Wave Used Bookstore, as of 2014 I have been with the library for 16 years and 13 years at The Title Wave.
5. What do you do for fun?
I read. My sons’ say that I am a Chain Reader because as soon as I finish one book I pick up another. And I collect autographed trading cards of players pictured as members of the San Diego Padres, as of today I have signatures from 849 different players. I have started collecting cards of authors.
6. When’s your birthday?
September 13, 1957. I share the day with a good friend, Dennis Simons. This year I am not looking forward to my birthday and it has nothing to do with my age. I also found out that I share a birthday with author Roald Dahl and Disney funny man Wally Boag.
7. What’s your favorite meal?
The Ohana Plate at Ohana Hawaiian Cafe. Right now almost anything with chicken, I have refrained from eating beef (mostly) since November of 2013, also it has been that long since I have had a carbonated beverage.
8. Favorite time of day?
Late night, very early morning like 1AM out in the forest. looking up at the stars and feeling very close to God.
9. When did you last cry?
The last time I remember really crying hard was when I got to the climax of the story in Leslie Goulds’ book Garden of Dreams. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a synopsis. Leslie hasn’t written a bad book yet. I just read Service by Marcus Luttrell and teared up several times while reading it.
10. Who would you choose to look like if you could choose anyone?
Roy Rogers Chris Evans as Captain America
11. What’s the most embarrassing CD you own?
Pure Disco Anymore I don’t find any of them embarrassing they each represent something to me. They remind me of a time or a truth, make my happy or set a mood.
12. Are you a daredevil?
Only in what I read. Actually I am pretty timid and not really into trying something new.
13. How do you show anger?
I am getting better at this, counseling helps. If you have a problem, first admit, then seek help for it. I used to scream, yell, cuss and act irrationally. I have been trying to not get angry, no one can make me angry except my self if I allow it. I have learned to stop, listen, think and decide on how to reply if at all.
14. Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
Julian, California. Right where I live now. Although visiting the great state of California and specifically the great city of San Diego must happen periodically.
15. Do you trust others easily?
I don’t think so. I think I have to know someone for awhile and have reason to trust them. This has not changed at all.
16. What was your favorite toy as a child?
Oggie Dog, a stuffed animal that I had until my brother got worms and we had to burn all out stuffed animals.
17. What’s your favorite toy as an adult?
Oggie Dog. Christmas of ’75 my brother got a stuffed dog that looked exactly like the Oggie of my youth. I cried and slept with him that night. Christmas of ’77 I got one also, I kept it until it wore out. Then I took it apart and it slept in Ruth Anns’ sewing room and then at Christmas of ’02 she rebuilt him and gave him to me. This Oggie is special because he is a reminder of my youth, (of which I don’t have to many memories) and he was made with lots of love by my loving wife. I now have two dogs, one stuffed and one who greets me enthusiastically every time I come home. We have a six year old blue heeler named Sitheil.
18. What’s your favorite expression of humor?
A great big belly laugh
19. What’s the last movie you watched?
Right now December 25, 2006 we are watching Jurassic Park, Just saw Captain America, The Winter Soldier on April 3 and April 6.
20. Favorite movie genre?
Action or Johnny Depp, I am kind of burnt out on Johnny right now. I love what Marvel Comics is doing with most of their superhero movies.
21. Favorite color?
Pacific Ocean Blue, San Diego Sand and Sky Blue. Red (especially when listening to Sammy Hagar) or Purple
22. What do you think about most?
How I have messed up. I think and hope what I am thinking about most is how can I help others and fight against injustice.
23. What do you need to think about more?
How I can better help those around me This is something that can not be thought about too much.
24. Are you good at keeping secrets?
Yes, but don’t tell anyone. It’s not a secret if I tell someone else.
25. If you had one wish, what would it be?
To be known as a strong Christ-follower. Not a Christian, but one who follows Christ in helping my neighbor, anyone I share the earth with. Love the unlovely. Fight for those who can’t, respect all, remember we are all the same, be good stewards of all that we are given, individually and corporately.