12 Things You May Not Know About Me

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Seeing as today is December 12th, the twelfth day of the twelfth month, I wanted to do a special post.

I am going to make the post more personal and give you a glimpse into who I am. Today, you will learn of my likes, my history, and my past.

Prepare for twelve things you may not know about me.


  1. I have a deep love of music:
    My musical tastes run a wide gamut. From Third Day, to Casting Crowns, to MxPx, or Squad Five-O. I have a love of all things musical.

    Growing up, there was rarely a weekend that I was not at a concert. There were several great venues that bands were able to play at. The most memorable concert venues were The Underground in Jenison, Skelletones in downtown Grand Rapids, and Palmer Hall in Muskegon.
  2. I started a Christian music record label:
    This happened in the early 2000’s. When I made a return to the church of my youth, I ran into a couple of old friends. One of those was Shawn Vaughan. He, too, had a love of music. After a brief discussion we decided that we would launch a record label. It was a great time of learning and growing.
  3. I have lived in three houses:
    There have only been three houses that I have lived in. My parents home, the home my wife and I rented when we were newly married, and our current home. My hope is that we are here for quite some time as I dislike moving.
  4. I like to work on my own vehicles:
    There is something about working on your own vehicles that is empowering. To know that you are working with your hands and making something work. To get the dirt and grim under under your fingernails. There is no other feeling like it.
  5. I love to sell merchandise:
    Whether on Ebay, CraigsList, or in person, I love to sell merchandise. Some of the things I have sold include music posters, action figures, and electronics. It is invigorating to find the deal and then make a deal.
  6. I love to shoot handguns:
    I know this is not for everyone, but it is an activity that I enjoy. My wife and I often go to our in-laws and having a round of target practice. They have a nice parcel of land that is great for squeezing off a few rounds. As you learn to group your shots, the feeling of accomplishment is great. We have found it to be a great form of stress relief.
  7. I enjoy Geocaching:
    I discovered Geocaching just over eight years ago. Geocaching is a high-tech scavenger hunt that makes use of GPS units. Geocaching is the activity that rekindled my love for the great outdoors. It has brought me to many great areas that I would have never know about. State parks, nature preserves, and more. There is a thrill you get when you find a geocache stashed in a public area. You are finding items that the normal person overlooks everyday.
  8. My favorite candy is Peanut(or Almond) M&Ms:
    I admit, I am an addict for these tasty, chocolate treats. If there are M&Ms out, I will walk by and grab a handful… I will probably make at least one return trip to the bowl too.
  9. I am a techie:
    My friends and family come to me for advice about the latest and greatest electronic gadgets. They also come to me for technical support issues. I enjoy fixing broken things.
  10. I have an addictive personality:
    If I attempt an activity and like it, I am normally hooked. That has happened with Geocaching, skydiving, the outdoors, etc.. If it catches my fancy, I am easily addicted.
  11. My favorite cartoon growing up was Voltron:
    Odd and random, I know. But it was. Voltron was awesome when I was young. Five lions that became one giant robot was the epitome of awesome. However, I have been disappointed to find out that it did not age as well as I remember it.
  12. I am very frugal:
    I love finding deals and have a hard time spending my money on a full priced item. My friends and family have a saying about me: “If it is on sale or free, it is for Joe”. I feel I am getting better but I also feel like I need to be responsible with the money I have been blessed with.

Well, that wraps up my 12 Things You May Not Know About Me. I hope you enjoyed becoming better acquainted with who I am. Wednesday, we will return to our regularly scheduled posting.

Question: What is something that most people do not know about you? Please share your answer in the comment section below so that we can get to know each other better.


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  • Whatever happened with your record label?
    I guess the thing most people don’t know about me is that I am a board game geek.

    • My partner moved away and we dissolved the label. There was never a record released but I was able to form relationships with quite a few bands and had many prospects. It was a great time.

      That’s a fun fact. What kind of board games? Monopoly, Life, etc? Or Settlers of Cataan, Carcassonne , etc?

      • More like Settlers and Carcassonne.

        • I enjoy those types of board games also. It is a blast and they are engaging.

      • Sometimes things happen for some other good things to happen!

        • So true Joe! I enjoyed the time and wish we would have been able to go further but the Lord had other plans.

    • Anonymous

      Their is no shame in that.

    • Monopoly!

  • That I once broke both my legs in a car accident and was told I would never walk again. I had the opportunity to share that story, as I tell others about a 145 pound weight loss and God’s strength to run two 5ks..

    • Isn’t God an amazing healer & miracle worker! Thanks for sharing that awesome testimony, Sundi.

    • Amazing testimony Sundi!

    • Sounds like you have quite the testimony Sundi. That is awesome that you have been able to run two 5ks and drop all that weight. Keep on keeping on!

  • Good to know you more better through this post, Joe!

    About me, since I am more into teaching and coaching now, many do not know that I am also a singer, worship leader and a guitarist. Yesterday, in our church plant, some were surprised to see me do that!

    • Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself.

      That is quite a set of talents you have.

  • Nice getting to know you, Joe. I’m like you on most of these (though I admit, I’ve never seen Voltron).
    Something that most people do not know about me: I am horrible at remembering names- of anything! People, places, terminology. I can use a tool one day and know it inside and out, and the next week try to bring it up in conversation and feel like a bumbling idiot for calling it “oh you know, that thing that turns the thing!” I really wish God gave me a better memory sometime!

    • Stephen I can totally relate. I am horrible with names! Remember faces well, but please don’t as me your name because chances are, five minutes after you tell me, I will forget.

      My husband teases me because I talk like that, he says he has to play twenty questions before he can figure out what ‘thingy’ I am talking about.

    • Stephen, you’ve never seen Voltron? Have you at least heard of it? If not, here is a link to the opener – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uS5b8aQ6z8

      It looks like you’re in the same boat as my wife. She struggles with remembering names.

      • What’s funny is after watching that clip, I’m fairly certain my brothers and I used to have some voltron action figures, but no, I’ve never seen the show. Don’t hold it against me, Joe! 🙂

        • No, that’s fine Stephen. I won’t hold it against you.

          I remember the Voltron toys being so much fun. My brother and I would combine the lions and having him overcome the baddies.

  • Thanks for the insights about you. It’s always interesting to learn things about people. I will have to tell my husband about that geocaching thing, I think he will like it!

    Something about me?
    Okay, I hate sharing anything deeply personal about myself. I didn’t realize how closed off I was until five years ago when someone I had known for over half my life didn’t know I had a half sister. Talk about a wake up call. I realized I didn’t share many personal facts with even close friends. Since that time I have endeavored to share more. Some people who have met me in the last few years would never realize this as I have come a long way in opening up. Blogging is a huge challenge for me, but God has instructed I do it and it is helping. Yet every time I share, I fear judgment and rejection- not sure why.

    • Be careful introducing your husband to geocaching. It is a fun hobby but can be wildly addictive. Over the years I have found over 2000, even finding a couple on my honeymoon (-;

      Thanks for sharing that personal information about yourself TC. That is something I see a lot of people struggling with. It can be frightening to share deeply personal information.

  • I feel like I know you now.
    I moved around a lot when I was growing up due to parent’s jobs. I mean a lot. I stopped counting after move #10.
    I have broken every toe. I think it is to blame on size 14 shoes and my body not quite growing into them.
    I have a mean armpit fart.
    I love pecan pie.
    I quit playing baseball in high school due to a crazy coach.
    My hope is that people know I have a relationship with God without having to tell them, but I def don’t show that at all times.
    I love making beats, climbing mountains and writing.

    • Hey Jack! Thank you for sharing so much about yourself.

      Climbing mountains would be a blast! We don’t have many of those in Michigan.

  • I really enjoyed reading this Joe and learning more about you! Ok, here’s my little known factoid… I’m actually quite shy… as a little boy my mom called me “the mouse” … lol… I was very quiet!! You would never know this from reading my writing, but it is easy for me to “speak” here on the www.

    • Chris, thank you so much for sharing. Reading your blog, I never would have guessed you as a shy guy.

  • We would have been best friends growing up!!!

    I love music…

    am a songwriter! and i have a band also…a spanish worship band!

    i remember the good ol days of concerts!

    third day
    jennifer knapp
    Dc Talk
    jars of clay
    caedmons call

    i used to love going to all those concerts!

    • Wow, we grew up with a lot of the same music! I think I saw all of those artists in concert other than Caedmon’s Call.

      Do you remember your first concert?

  • Anonymous

    Great things to know about you. Some things people don’t know about me are, I was home schooled up until High School, I enjoy shopping, and I use to listen to country music. (I think this was due to being home schooled:)

    • Thanks for sharing about yourself. It is always interesting to me when I find someone who was home schooled. How did you find that experience?

      • Anonymous

        I was lucky enough to attend a public High School which really allowed me to become social and relational. A core component is lost when some one is home schooled their entire school and that aspect is the social part.

        • That is great insight.

          Home schooling is something I thought I would never want for my children, when we have them. But it is something that I am starting to consider seeing the state of the schools. Your experience gives us something to think about.

          • Anonymous

            Both have their benefits and disadvantages. Having a church where they can make friends and learn social skills would be important (I went to a very small church). But it would be worth teaching your children.

  • One thing most people don’t know/find hard to believe is that all my tech knowledge is gained through experience. I work doing IT support (and have been for 5+ years) and most people are shocked I don’t have a computer science degree (in fact my degree is in theatre). It’s just one of the great ways God has bestowed grace on me. 🙂

    • That is awesome Louis!

      Congratulations on getting a job in IT support without a degree! I guess we’re quite similar in that aspect.

      I feel hands on experience serves you much better than in a controlled environment. You retain more of the knowledge, you learn to think on your feet, and come up with creative solutions.

      • Thanks Joe. You’re so right about the benefits of experience. It’s been such a great asset. 🙂

  • Really nice post Joseph. I feel I got to know you pretty well and you seem quite diverse in your activities.

    What people do not know about me is I have been a published writer in a Catholic magazine with my article Homeless not Hopeless. Also, sold a screenplay to an India film producer. The screenplay never got made.

    Now, I am concentrating on my blog and great content.

    Thanks so much for asking. It is nice to share things with others that maybe you even filed away or forgot about yourself until you were prompted.

    • Spencer, thank you for stopping by and telling us about yourself.

      You seem like you have done quite a bit with your life. Selling a screenplay, being published, and continuing to write! Keep up the great work.

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  • Joseph, great list! I recently did the same and found the list to be both funny and scary at the same time. I’m down with peanut M&M’s also.

    Here is the link to my list: http://www.jeffdrummer.com/25-things-you-didn%e2%80%99t-know-about-me

    • Loved your list as well. Totally shocked by number 2!

      And hey! What was so scary about the list?

      • Scary part is I actually entered a Prince “Look-a-like” contest. What was I thinking.

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