Dr. John Interviews The Quill

I can’t say I don’t know how I got myself into this.  I do know.  I can’t say I don’t know what I was thinking.  I remember very clearly.  I can say I was tricked!  Tricked I tell you.

Dr. John was interviewed by someone who gave him five questions to answer on his blog.  Dr. John did such a great job of answering those questions he actually made it look like fun!  I thought to myself, “Wow!  This is easy!  I also thought to myself, “Dr. John is so much fun, he would never ask any really difficult questions.  I’ve gotta sign up for this!”

In my enthusiasm, I forgot several very important facts.  1.) All memes look fun when somebody else is doing them.  2.) All questions are easy when you aren’t actually required to answer.  3.) Dr. John is tricksy!

1. I see where you used to teach school. Could you share with us some of the things you learned from the students?

From my kindergarten class I learned that forks are highly over-rated and naps should always proceed lunch.

My fifth grade students taught me many things over the years.   Some of them quite surprising.  The very first thing they taught me, my first year of teaching, is that if one wants to be heard, one has to first listen.  I’ve tried to never forget that.

2.  You moved from Las Vegas to Hawaii. Is there anything you miss from Las Vegas?

My friends.  Sometimes I miss the amount of free time I had — but then I remember I spent a lot of that free time feeling lonely.  I’m not lonely anymore.  I left nothing in Las Vegas that I’d trade for what I’ve found.

3. How do you come up with those weird Monday things?

There is a closet in the back of my head full of all kinds of strange things.  I open it every Saturday night, look in, and rummage around until a punny idea falls out.  If I can’t find anything in my closet, I have OC rattle around in his.  Between the two of us, we usually come up with something.

4. Do you have any long term plans to write a book?

Plans. Interesting word that.  Plans imply goals … I have a very long term dream, but I’ve yet to put it into serious action.  For one thing, every time I come up with a brilliant idea, I find it on the book shelf having already been published by some one else.  I may write well, but my plotting skills leave a lot to be desired.

5. You are leading a Bible study on the Book of Daniel.  Tell us five things you have learned so far?

FIVE THINGS!  First off, I’ve learned that I don’t have time!  We have stalled in our Bible Study because the leader — me — hasn’t been home much lately.  I am thinking that might be coming to an end soon and I will be able to resume — if I still have a class!

Second, I learned how to work the news reader and post and such.  All lessons have to be posted from the bottom up.  That is a challenge for my thought processes.

Third, I learned that even though OC and I share most of the same goals, values and morals, our spiritual beliefs are very different.

Fourth, I learned that I don’t care for the style or voice of the writer of this particular Bible Study, and I suspect it is getting in the way of my learning even more.

Fifth, I had an intellectual refresher course in integrity.  I don’t think I learned anything new, but it is interesting that the day after we studied about integrity, I was put in a position at work which caused me to evaluate where my loyalties lied and whether or not they belonged there.  (I can’t give much more detail than that.)  So, I guess I learned that God’s timing is still as perfect as ever.


Now, to my readers:  Would you like to be interviewed by me? If so, here’s how:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”

2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions). They will be special.

3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. And thus it will go on and on and on till some brave soul says enough is enough.