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Day 11 – My 15 favorite things

Apparently I wrote this blog post but NEVER published it.  Ok, here it is.


Day 11 has me listing 15 of my favorite things.  This should be an interesting exercise.

I love connecting with people.  People are interesting.  I love to know what makes people tick. I like to make a real connection with them beyond the social butterfly stages.  How hard is it to talk about the weather, favorite sports, politics or religion?  After a while those basis are covered, then what?  What makes us do what we do and why?  I love hearing about likes, interests and dislikes.  What do we have in common and where are we the exact opposites?  That is one of the things I love about our local meet ups.  I get a chance to listen to people and look for those nuggets when they speak.

I love being near the ocean.  I love the sounds of the water crashing onto the shore.  I love the sounds associated with the ocean or any body of water for that matter.  I love listening to the seagulls as they talk to one another in flight.  I love watching them as they soar and glide with their wings held out, as the winds hold them gracefully in place.  I love the smell of the water and watching the baby crabs scampering about.  I love watching birds crash dive into the water and come out with their next meal in their beaks.  I love watching the tide go out and see what lies beneath the water line that is invisible to us when the tide is in.

I love taking photographs.  I use my iPhone 4s and my iPad mostly since that is what I carry on a daily basis.  I take photos of strange looking or exotic cars while I am stopped at a traffic light.  I love taking photos of people when they are doing something weird or just looking strange.  I love taking photos of different wildlife as they are going about life.  I love taking photos of weather, especially bad weather.

I love the grace of God.  I love the fact that God loved us so much that he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for us to pay for the penalty of sin once and for all.  I love the oldest love story of the centuries that is told in the bible.  How God pursues mankind and wants to have a love relationship with us.  All through the Old Testament and new testament we see how God ran towards us and as humans we constantly run from him.  In the old testament we see the law , the exodus and the prophets.  In the New Testament we see Jesus come onto the scene as our messiah.  We see how his dying on the cross once and for all pays for the sins of mankind both past present and future.  God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense is the slogan that I heard at Grace Fellowship Church in Goose Creek.

I love going to church and being in the fellowship of other Christ followers.  I never tire of hearing about the love of God or about how he provides for us on a daily basis.  I love being with other like-minded people who share my faith in Jesus Christ.  I love hearing about the transforming and renewing power of God in the lives of people.  I love hearing about the changes that happen when we were followers of the world and how we change when we become Christ followers.  I love to hear about how our world view becomes a Christ view.

I love social media.  I love the social aspect mostly.  I love connecting with people and being able to do it through online social media portals makes it easy.  I am on FacebookTwitterLinkedIN, and Google Plus.  It enables me to find people who have the same interests as I do.  It enables me to find people who are completely different than me.  It allows me to discover other possibilities and to stretch my understanding of the world around me.

I love the fact I am an American.  As a naturalized citizen of the USA I was not born in America.  I was born in Germany and my sister and I were adopted by a military family.  We were taken from a German orphanage and brought to the United States where we were able to live a much better life.  I am fiercely patriotic.  My adoptive father and most of his side of the family served in the armed forces and were in some of the major conflicts such as Vietnam and Korea.  That means my relatives fought for the ability to experience the freedoms we know today.  I have been known to stop my vehicle in a safe place and offer my help to someone who is taking down the American flag and allowing it to come dangerously close to hitting the ground.  I have never seen anyone burn an American flag in front of me and I am not sure that I could stand idly by while it happened.

I love the fact that I am a supporter of the amendments to the constitution of the United States of America.  I guess you could say that I am an American Patriot.  I am involved in doing whatever I can through peaceful channels to assure that our second amendment rights are not violated.  I believe that the amendments and the bill of rights were added to our U.S. Constitution because “we the people” should stand against the tyranny of corrupt government.  We did it back in 1776 and I believe that it is going to happen again sometime in the not so distant future.  Yes, I believe that there is going to be another uprising within the next decade or two. Our elected leaders have lost sight of what our founding fathers signed up for and especially the price that was paid so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.

I love being a supporter of personal and family self-defense.  I like being able to educate other people about their responsibility to be safe and to have a working defense plan for themselves and their families.  Too many people watch the news and believe that violence only happens to other people.  I formed Palmetto Concealed Carry group for the sole purpose of teaching others about this.  I can remember a time when I was growing up as a child and teenager where you could go to bed at night and leave your doors to your house unlocked.  Your neighbors could walk up to your house during the day, knock and come right on in.  We never gave it a thought to the fact that it could be a home invasion.  We knew our neighbors and we trusted them.  We never had a reason not to trust them.  Those days are long gone and now we have to be aware of what is going on around us at all times.

I love the sport of bowling.  I have bowled on several ABC sanctioned leagues over the last ten years.  My highest average was probably 165 but I have never bowled a 300 which is a perfect score.  I think that 270 is the best game I have ever bowled.  I love the sound of the pins blowing up when you hit them and make a strike.  I started out throwing a straight ball but realized that if I wanted to take my game to the next level I would have to learn how to throw a hook ball.  Like most sports bowling has its own complexities and need for lots of practice.  How you bowl depends on how much muscle memory you have developed, which comes with lots of practice.  How well you bowl also depends on the condition of the lanes.  How oily are the lanes?  What oil pattern has been applied to the lanes?  What about the humidity in the bowling center?  Humidity can really screw up the lanes of the air conditioning is not properly removing the moisture from the air.  Then there is the type of ball you are throwing down the lane.  Is it a plastic ball or is it an active resin type of ball?  How much oil does your ball soak up and do you clean it frequently?

I love my family.  Katy and I are working on 24 years of marriage.  We have four children of which two young adults are still living at home.  Our Jessica Ann, our angel, left us when she was 10 years old.  Our family is special to me.  I cannot imagine life without any of them.  They bring quality and quantity to my life.  Being a father and a husband comes with its fair share of challenges and problems.  If I could go back and start all over again I would not.  I would not trade the last 23 years being with my family for all the riches in this world.  My family makes me a better person.  They make me want to do my very best.  They challenge me in ways that no one else can.

I love my career in Information Technology.  My first career was in law enforcement and I had a lot of fun doing it.  When I married Katy Moffitt in 1990, I entered into the I.T. world and have not looked back.  I started out selling computers at Computer City in 1990 and have progressed to where I am today as an I.T. Manager for a vacation rental company on Johns Island out on Kiawah.   I love solving problems and making people happy.  I get satisfaction knowing that I am able to help others get their jobs done.  Computer technology is like “mind candy” to me.  I can’t get enough of it.  I support end users, hardware and software systems during the day and enjoy technology at night through social media and online games.

I love Geocaching.  I have not done this in quite some time but I love doing it.  What is Geocaching?  This is the modern equivalent of treasure hunting and you use a GPS to locate your treasure.  I like doing this because it gets me out of the house and forces me to get out into nature.  Most caches are located in public parks, out in the woods and nature trails.  Over the years I believe I have found 50+ cahces but I have friends that have found hundreds of them.  One of my friends in particular has a job where he goes all over the world and he always seems to find a geocache when he has the spare time.   Believe it or not there is a geocache at the bottom of the red sea if you are so inclined to go after it.

I love star gazing.  We have not owned a telescope in several years now but when I had one I used to love to go outside in the winter time and gaze up at the moon.  Have you ever looked at the moon through a telescope when it is full?  I am a Trekkie at heart.  Katy and I have probably seen every Star Trek show and movie including the one that just came out.  I would love to travel to different planets.  How awesome would it be to stand on the bridge of the USS Enterprise and see the different star systems and encounter other life forms?  Beam me up scotty!!

Last but not least I love “My Happy Place”.  Someone else named this location on 4Square but I am the mayor of this location because I log it quite frequently.  I would say I go there once or twice a week if the weather is permitting.  Katy has been to this location but mostly it is just me. This is where I can go to unwind.  I love listening to the waves hitting the shore line.  I love watching the locals fishing on the shore line.  I love watching the clouds as they race by.  I love it when there is a gentle breeze that keeps the gnats from chewing my face off.  When there is no breeze I typically keep the windows up and the AC running.


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