1. I'm becoming increasingly cynical about politics, but don't want to be. Barack Obama sometimes makes me believe, which is unnerving. 2. One of my favorite ways to spend time is listening to podcasts while driving in GTA: Vice City, Motorcross Madness 2, or Mafia. Consequently I associate Christian apologetics with being chased by 1930s gangsters, science news with flying on the highway in Vice City, and Jewish anti-missionary lectures with shooting criminals from a tank. 3. I was raised in a working-class Pentecostal home, denounced religion, went to college to study history and sociology, and then found a favorite teacher in an formerly Pentecostal, working class factory man-turned-Marxist scholar who went to college on a ministerial scholarship. 4. I'm interested in philosophical and psychological senses of "spirituality". 5. I adore National Public Radio. 6. I typically describe my musical taste as being able to enjoy anything but heavy metal, rap, and Chinese opera. 7. Studying the language of a culture makes me very sympathetic to that culture. 8. Although I was raised in the deep south, I despised the Confederacy from childhood, lack a southern accent, and am disinterested in cultural elements like NASCAR racing and football. My family refers to me as a Yankee. (I do get in the mood for country music from time to time, though -- as I am tonight.) 9. My favorite singer is Frank Sinatra, and I came to his music through Star Trek's Deep Space Nine. 10. Although I prefer Pepsi to Coke, I prefer Cherry Coke, Barq's root beer, and Sprite to Pepsi's counterparts.