Thursday, July 23, 2009

Honest Scrap

I have been tagged by Kevin Sam to participate in the Honest Scrap Awards. The rules are that I’m supposed to tell you 10 Honest things about myself and then nominate 7 other blogs that I think deserve to receive the Honest Scrap Award.

So here we go:

1) I have two cats, one is named Hamlet and the other is Noel. This is odd since I grew up in a "dog" family that wanted nothing to do with cats. However, I have come to really like having cats around the house. Why? Well, they are much easier to care for and, IMHO, have a bit more personality than dogs. Please no anti-cat/pro-dog comments! :)

2) I drive a white Pontiac Aztek. Yeah, I know that they haven't been made in a number of years and Pontiac doesn't exist anymore. But hey, I love the car....its got character! Reminds me of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

3) I have a hard time reading fiction. I have tried to sit down and read the Lord of the Rings on numerous occasions, but never do I venture out of the Shire. I think once I made it to Tom Bombadil's house, but no farther. I would much rather read something about the Bible or ancient and medieval history.

4) I love Panera. As a matter of fact, I am writing this post while sitting at a Panera. Free refills on coffee and free internet. A deadly combination!

5) While I don't watch many sitcoms on television, there are a few shows that I try to tune in to watch each week. These shows are: Ghost Hunters, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and River Monsters. I use to watch the History Channel often, but that ended once they stopped showing actual history programs.

6) Of all the different types of movie genres out there, I enjoy 50's and 60's sci-fi and monster movies. And yes, my favorite is the big guy from Japan: Godzilla. If you are interested, which I am sure you are not, Classic Media has restored and released many of the original Godzilla films with commentaries and both American and Japanese versions.

7) Politically I am conservative, but I do not consider myself a Republican. Certain issues that I would fall more in the "liberal" camp would be in the area of the environment, poverty issues, and "enhanced interrogation" techniques.

8) I have been blessed to travel to Europe on five occasions. Encouraged initially by a wonderful mentor at Michigan State University, who died two years ago, I have travelled to England, Scotland, Ireland, N. Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Greece. Since I studied in Rome for 6 months, there is no question in my mind that Italy is the best. The fact that I have relatives in Italy also helps. The food is also fantastic!

9) I have never been to New York City or Boston. Of all the cities in the USA that I have been to, Chicago is my favorite.

10) Although I have lived in the suburbs my entire life, my goal is to have a home on the outskirts of a metropolitan area with a small river/creek in my backyard.


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ElShaddai Edwards said...

Re #7, have you looked up the "crunchy con" movement?

Timothy said...


Yes, I do enjoy reading him over at Beliefnet, although I like reading Mark Shea's blog probably a little bit more:

He adds a bit more religious content to his blog, but is also more than happy to call-out republicans as well as dems.

Esteban Vázquez said...

Hey, I drive a yellow Pontiac Aztek!

Kevin A. Sam said...

You cracked me on "enhanced interrogation" techniques as liberal.

Timothy said...


Ah, you have the original color edition of the Aztek. Very cool! Aztek drivers unite!


Yeah, it is a really silly thing here in the US and unfortunate to see certain people try and justify it.

Esteban Vázquez said...

The other day I was stuck in a bit of traffic around here, and it suddenly hit me that I was one five Azteks in a row. It was like a procession.

(And I'll get to this "Honest Scrap" business before long!)

Timothy said...


I have had the same experience! Even though the Aztek has been out of production for at least 3-4 years now, I am still amazed at how many people own one.

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