Mark Olson has tagged me with one of those ever-so-popular “blogging memes.” In case you don’t know, memes are the blogging equivalent of chain letters, without the corresponding “infinite amount of bad luck” if you fail to comply.

The questions (seven of them, you’ll notice):

1) Seven things to do before I die
2) Seven things I cannot do
3) Seven things that attract me to my wife
4) Seven things I say most often
5) Seven books (or series) I love
6) Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would watch over and over if I had the time)
7) Seven people I want to join in, too

Here we go:

1) Seven things to do before I die:
a. Become director of the Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University.
b. Have a book I author make it to the NY Times bestseller’s list.
c. Attain a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology.
d. Coach my son’s high school basketball team–just to keep the record clear, we do NOT have son and are NOT expecting.
e. Tour Europe with my wife.
f. Play a piano concerto with a symphony.
g. Learn Latin and Greek well enough to read Aquinas and Plato.

2) Seven things I cannot do:
a. Anything artistic.
b. Stop blogging.
c. Sit still.
d. write legibly.
e. Listen to country music.
f. Organize.
g. Say “no” to good opportunities.

3) Seven things that attract me to my wife
a. Her prayer life.
b. Her kindness.
c. Her delight in little things.
d. Her smile.
e. Her honesty.
f. Her wisdom
g. Her caritas.

4) Seven things I say most often:
a. Sure.
b. Yup.
c. Hello, wife!
d. I’m tired.
e. What’s for dinner?
f. What do you want to do?
g. Thank you.

5) Seven books (or series) I love:
a. G.K. Chesterton Orthodoxy
b. Dante Divine Comedy
c. Augustine Confessions
d. Plato Symposium
e. C.S. Lewis ‘Til We Have Faces
f. Dostoevsky Brothers Karamazov.
g. Calvin Institutes.

6) Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would watch over and over if I had the time)
a. Braveheart
b. LOTR
c. Spiderman 2
d. Braveheart
e. LOTR
f. Did I already mention Braveheart?
g. What about LOTR?

7) Seven people I want to join in:
a. Since Mark already named Jim, and since Jonathan has quit blogging, then for now, no one. Feel free to take it up if you wish, but let me know if you do.

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

5 Comments

  1. “Coach my son’s high school basketball team–just to keep the record clear, we do NOT have son and are NOT expecting.”

    You shouldn’t torture our mom like that.

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  2. Does this constitute an announcement of your candidacy for Director of THI? Or did I just never know about your secret ambition all this time?

    Re: #6. I’ve realised it’s difficult for me to rewatch movies longer than 2 hours anymore. I’ve trained myself to watch movies so closely I rarely miss anything the first time and multiple viewings are just tedious.

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  3. Jim,

    That’s why I clarified! I did it to be nice, not torturous. Oh well.

    Jon,

    Nah, it’s just a not-so-secret ambition. Maybe someday I’ll be good enough….

    As for the movies, even if I had that skill (I don’t), I’d still watch these movies again. They just get better with age for me….

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  4. Of course, as soon as I posted that comment I thought of a handful of examples that are still fun to watch. For example Fight Club is over two hours and still fairly rewatchable because of its variety and fast pace.

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  5. Um, #1-F and #2-A seem to be at odds with one another. Isn’t playing music a form of artistic expression? I happen to know that you’re very good at that. Care to revise?

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