Freed to live through the death of another.

30 Random Things About Me

  1. I like ice cream — more than you.
  2. I am a Habs fan (translation for non-hockey fans: I am a champion).
  3. I am a closet geek. I love technology and gadgets of all shapes and sizes. Of course I’m too dumb to actually understand the technology, but I love it when smart people explain it to me.
  4. I cry at weird times. I’ve tried for 30 years to figure it out. No explanation.
  5. I like country music. I also like reggae. And classical. And folk. I really like folk. And I used to be in a punk band. Basically my mood determines musical preference at any given moment.
  6. My middle name is Luke. People always ask for some reason.
  7. When I was a baby I threw up at the kitchen table so much that I made my uncle move all the way across the continent to get away from me (Toronto to California!).
  8. If becoming a pastor didn’t work out I thought at one point about becoming a funeral director.
  9. If I had to choose an alternative life path now I’d choose something academic, I think. I’d love to be a professor at a seminary. Scholarly journals give me abnormal amounts of glee.
  10. I love languages. Sometimes I randomly speak French to my wife… but she still loves me anyway.
  11. Despite my love of languages, I still haven’t finished taking the Hebrew I need to complete my Master’s. Sigh…
  12. I can think of nowhere in the world I would rather live than Canada.
  13. I’m not certain, but I think I’m probably, most likely, the most indecisive person you’ve ever met.
  14. I actually enjoy horrible jokes. Puns and Bible jokes are awesome.
  15. I really like nature. But not camping.
  16. I don’t like seafood one bit. Or pickles. Or olives.
  17. Drinks fill me with inappropriate amounts of joy. Most of my favourite tastes are drinks.
  18. I have a really big mouth. Literally. It’s very large. I can fit a lot of food in there. And a lot of foot, for that matter.
  19. I sleep too heavily. I’m so hard to wake up that Stacey actually prefers when I pull all-nighters. She feels safer that way.
  20. I’m a homebody. I can think of very few things in life that I would rather do than spend time with my family. No humans on this planet give me more joy than my wife and my girls.
  21. I would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for my brother, Ryan. He was a brother and father and friend to me through all my younger years. It’s impossible to explain how much that has meant.
  22. I get my looks from my mom’s side of the family. My dad is half-black, but I’m pretty pastey.
  23. My nana (‘Super Nana’ to my kids) is the world’s greatest grandmother. My heart aches when I think about how much I miss my grandad. I owe the life that I have to them in many respects.
  24. My mom doesn’t feel it, but she’s the strongest woman I know. I’ve always looked up to her and always will.
  25. I’ve loved studying and thinking about friendship over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever really been a good friend.
  26. I think I can count on two hands the number of times in my life I’ve really, truly prayed.
  27. I think I’m an extrovert trapped in an introvert’s body.
  28. I truly do not understand the way my heart works. At all.
  29. I have never been more convinced that my heart is absolutely infested with pride that is visible to everyone but me. But if you point it out to me, I’ll get angry about it.
  30. I have always hated talking about myself. This post took an excruciatingly painful act of discipline to write. I simply cannot believe anyone would read it.


** This is written as part of the series 30 for 30: Reflections on Life at My 30th Birthday **


  1. Dan Campbell

    Should Bible jokes be considered horrible? Bible jokes are the best. Even Jesus made them [reference required]

    • Julian

      Personally, I think Bible jokes should be considered AWESOME, not horrible. But I think I'm in the minority there.

      I'm not sure if Jesus made Bible jokes, per se, did he? I know he made jokes, but I'm not sure if he made Bible jokes.

  2. Julian

    Steal away, Louis! I'd love to read it! I like reading about other people much more than writing about myself.

    It's funny to me that a few people have mentioned knowing what that one means. I thought I was the only one! 🙂

  3. Kim

    Just wanted you to know I read it and that I read most of your writings. You are interesting. =)

  4. Jake Rivers

    Of course Jesus made Bible jokes! My personal favorite is after telling the parable of the scattered seeds, He finishes it with, "If anyone has EARS let him hear!"

    (If you still don't get it, ask the country music loving redneck trapped in a city slicker's body. Trust me its hilarious, though exceedingly corny!)

  5. RKF

    Late is getting around to the reading, as usual … but I want to offer two enthusiastically hearty AMENs to #23 and #24. Mom and Nana are about as awesome as it gets!

    As to #21 … I'm glad YOU think so, though your recollections of my brothering seem exceptionally rosy to me 🙂

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