11 Questions for Michael

Well this is convenient! There was no “10 Questions” post for today because neither of the two interviews that are forthcoming was ready. But my buddy Chef Ted Luoma of the blog cateritforward pulled a fast one on me.

Ted was nominated for a Liebster Award and, in-turn, nominated me; however, I’m already a recipient. I decided to respond to the questions he asked anyway, and that nicely satisfies this week’s “10 Questions” feature. Also, make sure you stop by Ted’s blog. I know you’ll enjoy it. I read it daily.

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CC BY-NC, Zeyang Flickr

Is there anything you hope to accomplish with your blog?

I hope readers leave The ‘Mike’ provoked to think deeply about God and the scriptures. I’m a thinker and I often stress the importance of thinking about life “with and through” the scriptures; so that characterizes my writing. I also use my blog as ritual writing practice. I spend an unspeakable amount of time on each article.

What is your current occupation? What do you wish it was?

I’m unemployed right now and it’s been a vicious and life-changing experience. What I wish it was? Pastor or writer, or both.

What is the stupidest thing you have ever done?

When I was a young boy, I told my teen sister who was ironing clothes that I was going to put the iron to my face. I didn’t believe it was hot. So when she walked out of the room, I kept my promise. I still have a faint scar. Does this count for stupid?

What is your favorite 70’s sitcom?

That’s tough. But one of my favorites has always been The Jeffersons. I could sit and watch George, Weezie, and Florence all day.

Are there any obstacles in your life that make you not want to get out of bed in the morning?

None. There have been tough times that were relatively nothing compared to what others experience. Further, when I’ve been down, my persistence just won’t die. Have you ever been in a place where you wanted to give up but the Lord stirs you and won’t let you quit? That’s been me many times.

If you could put one band on a bus that careens off a cliff, which band would it be and why? (Not that I advocate violence, but there has got to be a band that annoys you.)

Honestly, I don’t know only because if they annoy me, I don’t listen to them. But I would put most rap music on that bus—with a bomb—and send it on its merry way. I feel that Rap is an incredibly destructive music. Still, I couldn’t tell you a particular artist or band.

If you could live in any time period, which would it be and why?

I’m not sure…for different reasons. Many appeal to me with their various pros and cons; however, the present one is probably best for me.

Do you talk to your neighbors? Why or why not?

I do when the chance comes. We just shoot the breeze or talk about jobs or yard work. I’m a big neighbor guy, the kind who enjoys welcoming new neighbors and who helps out shoveling snow or cleaning up storm debris. Being a neighbor is a good thing.

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CC BY-NC-ND, Michael Verhoef Flickr

What is your favorite and least favorite food?

My favorite food is homemade macaroni-and-cheese—always has been and always will be. My least favorite is probably liver. My mom used to try to trick my brother and me with it, calling it beef; it never worked.

If you had to choose between phantom pain from an amputated pinky finger or a hip replacement, which would you choose and why?

Gosh! I’d want all my digits, so let’s go with the hip replacement. My mom just had one of those last year, and she’s trucking along nicely again. Most folk I’ve talked to who’ve had a replacement have said it was the best decision of their lives. I’ll keep my fingers.

What is your number one priority in life?

Enjoying it until it’s time to leave. By that I mean understanding that human life is a gift to us (humans) and every part of it should be explored and cherished. This honors God who gave it all to us.