Oh, the joy of 25 random answers

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Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

Yes, it’s time for me to spend an inordinate amount of time telling all about some of the quirky things that make me, me. 

1.  The “D” in Christopher D. Lynn stands for “David.”  I was named after my Uncle David (my mom’s brother), but I also like to think it’s because David, king of Israel.  I identify with his passion and desire for God to be known, even when he sins greatly.  

2. I’ve never broken a bone or been hospitalized in my life (except the beginning, with a mandatory stay as a newborn baby, of course).

3. I was baptized in Sombrerete, Coahuila, Mexio on a mission trip on March 31, 2005.

4. My brother and I will probably break a generational tradition of going by our middle names.  Our dad, Earl Dean, and our grandfather, William Earl, each went by their middle name.  *BONUS* I have my grandfather’s retirement gift on my desk in the Business Advisement Center.  It’s a desk calendar that has dials to adjust the month, day, and day of the week – it’s pretty cool.

5. I’ve been questioned / pulled over by the police more in foreign countries than in the States.  I must look suspicious…

6. I became a Finance major after talking to Ben Stein.  He came to Missouri State my junior year and I got to ask him career advice about becoming a lawyer (my passion at the time) or going into finance / economics.  He responded, “Businessmen get to shape society, lawyers follow the rules.”  I’m glad I (sort of) followed his advice.

7. I have a HUGE family.  My mom has seven other half-, step-, and regular brothers / sisters, and my dad has seven brothers / sisters (five of whom are still living).  I could write a novel about our family tree.

8. I played B-flat clarinet in high school, and made All-District Band 5 times in high school.  I gave it up to focus more on business / law in college.  I still miss music a bit, but not the hours of practice.

9. In sixth grade, we were asked to give a how-to speech.  I gave mine on balancing a checkbook.  Likewise, when we were asked to write a term paper, I wrote my on western European architecture (started out on eastern Europe, but that was TOO precocious).

10. I’ve worked as a concessionare, box office attendant, loan officer, mortgage broker, postal worker, tutor, phone operator, and currently as an academic advisor/retention specialist/per-course faculty.

11. I like most things mint.

12. Cottage cheese and cheeseburgers are my happy meals.  Too bad they are, for the most part, not good for a healthy eating plan (i.e. low-sodium).

13. I remember random parts of conversations, books, etc.  My memory could be classified as “photographic.”

14. Like Mr. Noatch, I also dream in color and many times dream lucidly (i.e. can control what’s happening in my dreams).  I’ve had some doozies.  

15. I’ve had several nicknames (including “Lawnmower” and “Brick Wall”), but the current term d’affection is “CDL, MBA.”

16. Although I’m from Southeast Missouri and I think my accent often belies that, I’ve been told that I sound like I’m from the North, specifically the Northeast and the Northwest (how could THAT be?).

17. Sarcasm is my spiritual gift. Unfortunately, it’s the best way for me to build barriers in relationships, too.

18. I’m learning how to better a better “touch” and “hug” person.  I wasn’t really comfortable hugging others for a long time.

19. I was in a speech class in second grade.  No, not a class giving speeches.  A class for speech therapy.  I was so shy in second grade that my teacher thought I had a speech impediment.  Turns out that I was okay, although I do get hung up on the letter “p” sometimes.

20. I still can’t pronounce the word “femininity” for the life of me.  

21. I’m often a grammar snob, but I don’t think I’m a great big meanie.  I often won’t even break down in text messaging, which I’m sure many people greatly enjoy.

22. Believe it or not, I’m actually very horrible at Risk.  Same goes for Scattergories (two games that you think would play to my strengths!)

23. My music tastes vary a great deal.  I’ve commented on the musical prowess of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Jack Johnson this past week (totally different styles).

24. I have a heart for Muslims – I will have been to two strongly Muslim countries by the end of this summer, and currently live with a Sunni Muslim (Ahmed, from Iraq).

25. Last, but definitely not least, I love the Lord and what he’s shown me in this last year!  I’m currently 25 and loving life!  I’ll be 26 next birthday, and looking forward to what God has in store for then, too.

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