Saturday, July 07, 2007

Eight Random Facts That You Really Don't Need To Know About Me

Thanks for tagging me, Pam. And sorry for keeping you waiting so long! If you have some time left, please also read my answers to Little David's meme that I posted right below this blog entry.

The idea of this meme is to list 8 Random facts about myself. Here are the rules, first.
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Random Fact #1
I come from a family of 8 (6 boys, 2 girls) and Haarlem is my place of birth.
Random Fact #2
I love to sing and play on my acoustic guitar. I have two guitars: a black 6 string Ibanez western and a dreadnought natural 12 string Fender. But I never play on the Fender because it’s too much work to tune 12 strings and my finger tops are starting to hurt when I play on this guitar. Robin, my son, also plays a black Ibanez guitar – not acoustic, but electric. And he can make more noise than a Boeing 747 during take-off.
Random Fact #3
Outside the Netherlands, I have visited 11 European countries so far: Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, England, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. I live in the Netherlands and I went to the USA with my family in 2003 (Florida). I would love to go to Australia and New Zealand.
Random Fact #4
I married Lydia - my first and only love - on 6 March 1987 and I promised on that day to be her faithful husband until death do us part. I have no regrets and I will stick to that promise. Still love her to bits. God gave us 3 beautiful kids and they are all special, precious and deeply loved. But this is not just a random fact, on second thought.
Random Fact #5
I hate horror movies and senseless violence on screen and in real life. However, like most healthy men, I am attracted to movies and websites with beautiful sexy women and I don't want to look away when they take off their cloths. Can't help myself. If you are still with me now - I want you to know that I am actively fighting sexual temptation with the help of the Holy Spirit, an Internet provider called Filternet and my weak and feeble conscience. I want to be more like Jesus, but he is perfect and I am most certainly not. It's hard to be holy.
Random Fact #6
I only bought German (Volkswagen) and Japanese (Toyota and Mazda) cars so far. I am only interested in cars when I need to buy one. Same with computers. Cars are for transportation, computers are for communication. I don’t like gadgets or games.
Random Fact #7
I love the smells of petrol, tar, wood, leather, coffee, fresh bread, apple pie, cinnamon, hyacinths, lavender, red wine, baked onions, ink and paper. I hate the smell of cheese. Cheese just stinks - period. And yes, I am 100% Dutch.
Random Fact #8
I don’t like telephones and cell phones. Telephones are always ringing or beeping when I am enjoying myself, and I am always enjoying myself so don’t interrupt me while I'm having fun! And if you want to be my friend, don’t call me before, after or during breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don’t call me when I'm sleeping unless there is a real emergency situation. Visit me, send me a letter or an email message if you want to get in touch with me. I love people, I do enjoy your friendly company and I will always write back to you. Please only use the telephone for short conversations. (“Can we have a meeting tomorrow?” “Tomorrow’s fine.” “Okay, see you at ten in my office.” “Yep. Cheers, mate!”)

That is the end of my Random Facts. Now, I tag: Ben, Conny and Manuel in the Netherlands (feel free to write in Dutch or in any other civilized language – we all know how to use Babelfish).


Carolanne said...

I like your 8 facts and as to you not liking cheese.... Hmmmm. You must be a unique Dutchman!

If you ever come to Australia, you are very welcome to come and visit/stay with us!

Mike said...


Thanks for sharing. Item number five is a challenge all men face.
I fully recommend a trip to Aus. I was there for six weeks visiting friends. It is an amazing land with a fantastic people. The only time I have a moment of dislike for the Auzzie is when they beat England at Rugby. Right now 15 old ladies can beat England at Rubgy. But I'm still clinging onto the glory days.

Maybe we should all pack our bags and visit Carolanne? Nothing like a ton of bloggers turning up on the door step for a BBQ.

little david said...

Hey Paul! Thanks for (finally) responding to the tag about Jesus. I suppose one reason for the similarities is that we were describing the same Jesus! And your 8 random facts helped us all get to know you a bit better. Like Mike I would agree that your temptation is common to the male of the species. And living in Holland with its liberal policies regarding sex can't much help either. I have only been through the Schlipol airport, but friends have said that the sex ads in Amsterdam are appalling.

I too have visited Australia and found the experience delightful. My son moved there with his band. They did a Christian ministry for a couple of years before splitting up. But Greg and his wife stayed there, they love it so much.

Vicki said...

Hey, I like the idea of all of us gathering at Carolanne's, too!

Great set of facts, Paul. Like Carolanne, I'm surprised at your dislike for cheese, or at least the smell of it. I'll take "stinky" cheese over beef any day of the week!

Phil & Sue said...

SO you also play guitar and love your family. (Got a Maton and Yamaha, but left my Maton in Australia as I don't want to expose it to HK humidity) Don't forget to pop in to Hong Kong on your way to my homeland Australia. Love to show you Crossroads

Conny Vos said...

Ik heb gezien dat ik 'getikt' ben. Geef me even de tijd om na te denken over de acht feiten. We gaan bijna op vakantie, dus ik weet niet of het voor die tijd lukt. Maar ik doe zeker mee.

Carolanne said...

Wow! I like the idea of everyone packing their bags and landing on our doorstep for a barbie! That would be way so cool and you know, you're all welcome.

Mike stayed not far from where we live but he didn't come visit me. :( But that was before he knew me so I forgive him.

Don't come this Summer though, because we'll be enduring (?!) Winter over in Canada and The States.

Vicki said...

Maybe we could plan a blogger party at Carolanne's and pitch tents in her backyard. She and her hubby could host a barbie for us... hm, sounds good to me!