“I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question.” -Yogi Berra
People tend to ask me the same questions all the time, but – unlike Yogi – I’m not tired of answering. I put together some of my common responses for those too shy to ask or too curious to wait for a response.
- Were you homeschooled?
- Did you go to college? Where? What degrees do you have?
- What’s your day job?
- What happened to my comment? Why can’t I read comments here?
- Do you have another blog?
- What do you do when you’re not blogging?
- Is your dad a pastor?
- Do you have any brothers or sisters or a girlfriend?
- Where are you from?
- Why did you move to South Korea?
- Why did you move to Saudi Arabia?
- What are your plans for the future?
- How old are you?
- How can I contact you if I have another question?
A. Yes, I graduated from high school when I was 16, having never “gone” to school. My mom, brilliant teacher that she is, thought I would graduate when I was 12. I got lazy.
A. I attended Indiana University—Southeast for three years, and I graduated with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Economics and one in Philosophy. At this point in the conversation, I usually hear, “So are you going to philosophize about the economy?” No, I’m not.
After taking a break from the formal educational system for a few years, I took a bunch of courses online through Liberty University that turned into a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies within a year. So I have that degree as well.
[I get asked a lot about how I finished two four-year degrees in three years and a two-year Master program in one, so I wrote a series with some of my advice specifically for college.]
A. I’m a teacher. I teach English as a second language. In the past, I’ve worked as an IT guy, tutor, freelance writer, and social media consultant, as corny as that sounds. I like to say, though, that I make a living encouraging others and teaching them to do the same.
A. I removed the comments from Marshallogue to create a more focused reading experience. That said, you can still respond to any post by clicking the “respond” link at the bottom of each post. Your response is sent directly to me, and I’ll reply to you by email (assuming you enter a valid email address). You can read more about this decision here.
A. Yes, a few others actually. The main other one is bondChristian.com.
A. I enjoy barefoot jogging, Ultimate Frisbee, and drumming, but my favorite is trying new things or just hanging out with people. I also read dozens of books each year and stay involved with local churches about three or four times a week.
A. Yes, he’s been the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Louisville since 1992.
A. Yes, yes, and no, no. I have three younger brothers and a sister. My youngest brother is 17 years younger than me. No girlfriend, no wife.
A. Currently, I’m living in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, but home is Louisville, Kentucky. My parents moved there from San Diego, California when I was three years old to start a church. I lived there until 2011 when I moved to Asia for the first time.
A. My visa said it was to teach ESL. That’s only part of the story. If you’re interested in learning more about it, check out my FAQ about heading to Korea.
A. My visa this time says I’m not allowed to work in the Kingdom. But McGill contracted me to teach, so that’s what I’m doing: teaching English at a technical college. Again, if you want to know more, check out my FAQ on heading to Saudi Arabia.
A. Many. Uh, at the moment I’m saving money for the adoption fund and a house. I might do one more contract in the Middle East, but after that, I’m looking forward to settling down somewhere more permanent, probably back in Louisville, but we’ll see. To keep more up to date on this, check out my Do page.
A. I was born on May 6, 1989. You can do the math. That way, I don’t have to keep updating this each year.
A. Why the contact page of course (right below here). In fact, please do… even if it’s just to tell me you made it to the bottom of this page.