7 Things You Don’t Really Need to Know About Me

Kelly Hines tagged me in her recent post, so I want to do my best oblige. Here are 7 things that you don’t really need to know about me.

1. I did volunteer service for two years in Vlaanderen (Dutch speaking Belgum) for my church. As a result, I learned to speak Dutch (although that ability is now called into question due to time.) My family originally came from Holland with my great-grandfather and great-grandmother.

2. I am the proud father of three children. My daughter, the oldest, is studying paleontology in college. My youngest is studying engineering in college. My middle son is currently doing volunteer service for his church in Moscow Russia. He has been there for one year and is speaking quite well and loves the people he meets.

3. I am well known as the “Tie Teacher” at my school. I wear a different tie to work every day. Students often return from High School to see what tie I’m wearing that day (and determine if it is one they have seen before.) Yes, I have that many – and over 95% were bought as gifts. (I so love my wife☺!)

4. I am actively involved in volunteer work for the Boy Scouts of America. My wife assists me in this service – which we have done now for over 17 years now. Both of our sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout (and 100+ merit badges.)

5. I am an Amateur Radio Operator (ham). I’ve successfully tested through each of the different “classes” until I reached the highest level. I have the ability from both work and home to communicate in the event of a disaster. My wife, and both sons are also Ham Radio operators.

6. While this is NOT a useless fact, in my opinion, I am a Christian. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons.) I consider Jesus Christ to be my Savior and Redeemer. I have had several friends sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I try to live according to the example of Christ in my daily life and actions.

7. I studied and became a Professional Square Dance caller to help pay my way through college. (That’s probably the most trivial bit of information about me that I can think of!)

Now I must pass the torch on to some of my Twitter PLN - people from whom I learn from, and laugh and grow with every day!

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Comment by Kelly Hines on December 31, 2008 at 7:23pm
Very cool. I've really enjoyed getting to know my friends a little more :) I especially loved hearing about your mission work. I spent 6 weeks in Guatemala doing missions. It is an experience that has shaped my life. I can't wait for the day that I am called to do more. I know that time will come! Happy New Year. I have enjoyed learning with you and look forward to more and more!
Comment by Ed Shepherd on December 31, 2008 at 8:12pm
Thanks for sharing some information with me (us). It is always neat to see what other people are like and how much we may have in common no matter where we are. Its good to know you. See you in the Twitterverse.


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