Here is the conclusion of 100 things about me . . .
51. I'm sad to admit that I've only been to two Star Trek
52. Oddly enough, some people are surprised to learn that I like
53. When I was in fourth grade, my Dad told me I was missing the
point when I felt sorry for Charlie Brown instead of laughing
54. One good thing came out of a year of bone marrow transplant
complications: I went from 275 pounds to 175 pounds. But as
a weight loss plan, I wouldn't recommend it.
55. Our new apartment has been without television cable service
since we moved in three weeks ago. So far I haven't missed it.
56. I was named after the Protestant reformer and no-nonsense
Scotsman John Knox. I'm sure my parents grieved when I
converted to Catholicism.
57. My ancestors were Highland Scots who were mostly horse
thieves. They fled to Nova Scotia to escape execution. A
proud family heritage . . .
58. I've never worn a kilt or played the bagpipes, but I do enjoy a
round of golf now and then.
59. I've had more than 60 days of chemotherapy treatments.
60. Krissy and I have already named our first two children, but
after all that chemo we're not likely to have kids.
61. After my transplant, I developed a red-blood-cell-destroying
disorder called hemolytic anemia. I must have had 100 blood
transfusions, needing as many as seven bags of blood a day.
62. I haven't needed a transfusion since February, thank God.
63. One of my post-transplant medications damaged my kidneys,
causing total kidney failure in the summer of 2006. I had to
be on dialysis for two weeks.
64. My kidneys recovered to 25 or 30 percent normal function,
enough to keep me off dialysis.
65. I'll probably have to go back on permanent dialysis eventually.
66. The Green Bay Packers are my favorite football team.
67. Krissy's mother thinks I look like James Taylor.
68. My Mom claims that I'm responsible for her hair turning grey.
69. From third grade to eighth grade I played trumpet in our
70. To my surprise, I survived the Disco Era without needing
71. When I was 15 I had a crush on Princess Leia from Star Wars.
72. I have a 30 year old potted philodendron named Martha.
73. My immunities regularly drop to a dangerously low level,
forcing me to wear a surgical mask everywhere I go. When I
walk into a convenience store, the people there often think I'm
going to rob the store, and watch me with slack-jawed dread.
74. Krissy jokes that I should wear a shirt which reads, "Don't
shoot! I had a transplant."
75. When I was eight years old, I was throwing stones in our front
yard while my Dad was mowing the lawn. He came around the
side of the house and a stone caught him in the head. He hit the
ground like a bag of bricks. I think he would have killed me if
he had been able to get up.
76. A black cat named Meisha was my close companion for 16
years. After occasionally boarding her at the animal hospital,
she would ignore me for days.
77. When I was a teenager, I liked to catch snakes. Sometimes I
was bitten, but not very often.
78. My Dad introduced me to classical music when I was ten. I
loved it. He told me that I might enjoy what I had heard so
far, but if I heard more I wouldn't like it. My Dad was wrong.
79. When I was young my parents liked to take me to the zoo. My
favorite exhibit was the reptile house. My Dad would say,
"You're weird, John."
80. I give our diabetic cat Michael two insulin shots a day, just like
I do for my wife.
81. I don't like candy or sweets very much.
82. However, I do enjoy bread pudding with vanilla sauce. Krissy
says bread pudding tastes like wet bread. She doesn't know
what she's missing.
83. My favorite restaurants are Red Lobster and Outback
84. Once when Krissy and I were in a restaurant, a waitress
dumped a tray of food on me. It didn't do my leather jacket
85. In my twenties I volunteered in a nursing home, spending time
with an elderly man. All he wanted me to do was watch
television with him.
86. Once I tried to bake brownies. I left them in the oven so long
that they baked to the consistency of hockey pucks.
87. I like octopus, squid, and frog's legs, if they are cooked
88. I saw the original Star Wars movie 13 times during the first
year it was released.
89. When I was 13 I got a chemistry set for Christmas. I
learned some valuable principles of combustion by charring a
large section of my bedroom carpet.
90. Health permitting, I attend monthly meetings of a local
91. We moved 16 times before I was 21.
92. I still watch the television specials A Charlie Brown Christmas
and How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year.
93. I enjoy listening to my Box Set of J. S. Bach's Complete Organ
Works, a gift from Sassydee50 (Deb).
94. My favorite holiday is Christmas. My next favorite is Easter.
95. Some of my favorite movies are Pride and Prejudice, A
Beautiful Mind, and Jane Eyre (the Masterpiece Theater
96. The book I'm currently reading is Sense and Sensibility by
97. I wear long sleeves, long pants, and a wide-brimmed Australian
hat to keep the sun off my skin. People who have had bone
marrow transplants are at high risk for skin cancer.
98. I love Krissy dearly.
99. I find that writing an online journal is addictive.
100. In the priorities of my life, Jesus comes first.