Aaronic Autobiographica

Ya done messed up, A-A-Ron!! … Insubordinate and churlish.

– Mr. Garvey, “Key & Peele” (2012)

Yup. That’s me. Or at least some people have thought so!

I was born in July 1979. I was married in July 2012. My wife and I have a son who was born in May 2013 and a daughter who was born in February 2018.

My hometown is De Smet, South Dakota of Laura Ingalls Wilder fame. I moved to south-central Minnesota prior to my senior year of high school, and I’ve stayed in the area ever since. I went to college here and have worked for the same employer since I was a teen.

I studied biology with a microbiology emphasis. I took all of the classes for genetics and cellular and molecular biology that were offered in college. I did wander from the path for a time during college. I had thought about becoming a science educator, which led to me taking a handful of broader science classes. I also took a couple of education classes that were enough to turn me off to the whole undertaking. I don’t use much of my education for work, maybe some of my chemistry and a good deal of my mathematics.

If I could remain who I am now and go back to college to start all over again (or just plain find the nerve to go back to college for a second time in the days ahead), I’d quite possibly study counseling and pursue a career in that field. I’m vaguely pastoral, but I don’t think I’ve got the character to be a minister.

I work in research and technical services in the dairy industry. Most of what I do applies to whey and whey protein products. I develop new processes and products, and I do a lot of data analysis and efficiency studies to modify and optimize commercial processes.

My MBTI is I.N.x.J. I’m slightly more I.N.F.J. aka “Author” nowadays. I was slightly more I.N.T.J. aka “Scientist” as a teenager. I’m an Enneagram Type 4 aka “Romantic”. My “Big Five” or O.C.E.A.N. percentiles are fascinating. They are to me anyway. I’m also a fan of Bowen-Friedman systems theory, which says at some point all this personality type stuff doesn’t matter or apply. My Hogwarts House falls under the same general thinking.

I’m conservative, if that has any meaning anymore. I’d call myself a natural conservative. That describes my social perspectives and personal disposition. I come from a very rural “conservative” environment. Those are my roots. And that’s where my sense of familiarity or home is found for better or worse. That said, I appreciate listening to new and different ideas and perspectives. And I’ve been someone to push against the edges and limitations of my own conservative circles.

My church history is a veritable Potpourri of Protestantism, i.e. UCC, ELCA, UMC, IFB, Charismatic, AoG, PCA, ECC. However, I’m convictionally Reformed while trying to avoid being dickishly Reformed. I prefer Reformational Catholicity. I’ve been involved in church at some level or other my whole life. After a spiritual awakening in college, I became very personally serious about my faith and the Christian Faith.

I’ve done a lot of amateur theological and philosophical study. I’ve taught adult Sunday school and Bible study. That was an odd experience being in my twenties or thirties and teaching people in their fifties and sixties. And I’ve done some youth mentoring over the years. I still find myself gravitating to it in an informal fashion.

I’ve been affectionately called a “smart-ass” by no less than three ordained ministers.

I can’t pick three “favorite” TV shows. As a TV junkie, I’ve watched and enjoyed too many. But my three most meaningful TV shows from over the years are The Simpsons, House MD, and Supernatural. The Simpsons (seasons 2-10) is my source of anecdotes for any occasion. It’s a guilty pleasure to envy Greg House’s personality on House MD. My wife borrowed my DVDs and watched the show during our engagement period to remind her of me. I enjoy Supernatural for its heartwarming portrayal of epic brotherhood-friendship as well as the ongoing humorously ridiculous insinuations of so-called Wincest.

My childhood dream-job was to be a comedic evil supervillain. But I could never decide between being an evil mad scientist, an evil military dictator, or an evil dark wizard. So I figured I’d have to rotate roles weekly or seasonally to mix it up a bit.

I have a lifelong love of dinosaurs, though not as strong as it used to be.

I enjoy drawing if I can ever find the time anymore these days! I’ve posted a lot of my old artwork on my Instagram site.

I’m very insistent about using the Oxford comma. And I feel vaguely superstitious about ending a sentence with a preposition. I really don’t care for two spaces between sentences. And I have a strange obsession with attempting to edit my writing in such a way that my typed paragraphs appear as naturally justified as possible. (If you’re reading this in the right version of the right web browser with the right settings on a desktop computer, you can tell I do this.)

I’m a dog lover. But I’ve never had a dog of my own. My dad had one when I was a kid. My parents went through a few before I came along. So I have to envy other people’s lovable pups and pooches. And I hate cats. In principle. For no real reason. But never in practice. Fish have been the only animal companions I could call my own.