September 19, 2009

Personality Survey

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:43 pm by tobytaff

I took a personality survey suggested by a friend. Here are the results. Tell me what you think.


You are not a slave to your emotions. It takes a lot to upset or unnerve you. That’s why you’re a good person to have around in a crisis.

You don’t let it all hang out, which means that those around you often don’t know the pressures you’re under or what you’re going through. You’re not the kind of person people run from in a crisis.

You strive to master everything you undertake. You tend to learn quickly and do not shy away from challenges.

You are not a “que sera sera” type of person, nor do you go easy on yourself when attempting to master a new skill or get a job done.

You bounce back quickly from adversity. For you, all setbacks are temporary. You don’t dwell on bad news, bad luck, or criticism; you regroup and focus on solving the problem, whatever it may be.

You almost never feel that there’s too much on your plate, that you don’t have the strength to deal with the bad hand you’ve been dealt, or that you’re going to lose it if you have to deal with one more problem.

You would rather hang out with others than spend time alone, and you’d far rather be doing something with your friends than just sitting around. You’re happy in a crowded room, club, stadium, or auditorium.

You’re not a private person who is ill at ease in a group; you don’t view excessive socializing as a waste of time.

You come up with a lot of ideas; if one doesn’t work out, there’s always another waiting in the wings. You often have interesting solutions to difficult problems. You’re practically a one-person brainstorming session.

You are less interested changing the world than in dealing with things as they are. Unlike those who spend all their time trying to solve problems, you prefer to zero in on things that work and stick with them.

You appreciate art, beauty, and design; you know that they are not superficial but absolutely crucial to living the good life. You have good taste, and you’re proud of it. Those with a high score on the “aesthetic” trait are often employed in literary or artistic professions, enjoy domestic activities — doing things around the house — and are enthusiastic about the arts, reading, and travel.

You don’t think it’s pretentious to be moved by art and beauty. You’re not one of those who believe it doesn’t matter what something looks like as long as it does its job.

You are good at solving problems, coming up with original ideas, and seeing connections between things, connections that most other people miss. People with a high score on the “creative” trait often are employed in such fields as finance and scientific research, and enjoy avant garde and classical music as well as literary fiction and scholarly non-fiction.

You do not shun abstractions and concepts in favor of the concrete and tangible.

You are a quick study. You generally don’t need to have things explained to you more than once. When presented with a problem, you will often have an instant understanding of where to look for the solution.

You do not take your sweet time when presented with a new task to complete or problem to solve. You don’t avoid assignments that require you to learn new skills.

You are thoughtful, rational, and comfortable in the world of ideas. People find you interesting to talk to. You’re the living embodiment of the saying “You learn something new every day.” In general, those with a high score on the “intellectual” trait are employed in such fields as teaching and research, and are enthusiastic about reading, foreign films, and classical music.

You do not avoid abstract conversation, experimenting with new ideas, or studying new things. It bores you to stick to the straight and narrow of what you already know.

You feel that a clean, orderly desk is the sign of a person who doesn’t have enough to do. Schedules and “to do” lists feel stifling; you thrive on a sense that anything goes, and know that the world won’t end if you don’t clean up after finishing a job.

You don’t need to know that everything is in its place; it is not empowering to you to feel that the world around you is neat and organized. Mowing down every item on your “to do” list, every day, does not bring you joy.


August 17, 2009

Starting Today: South Beach and Exercise

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:17 pm by tobytaff

Today is the first day of the South Beach Diet take 3 for my wife and I. The difference for me is that this time I’m going to exercise with it. The first time I did South Beach I lost a bunch of weight and kept it off for a little while with minimal exercise, but a prolonged bought with a mild depression pretty well put me down and I am as large now as ever. SO, it’s time to do something about it. Today we walked 1.74 miles in 32’13” before breakfast. My meal plan for the day is :
a one egg veggie omelet w/ Canadian bacon

Morning Snack:
a cheese stick

Green Salad

Afternoon Snack:

steak strips
zucchini and squash

sugar free raspberry Jello with fat free whipped topping.

Well, time to start… on to make breakfast

February 8, 2009

So maybe not…

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:37 am by tobytaff

My last post claimed that I was going to make this blog a haven for research i am doing… well, maybe not.  But I do hope to be spending some more time blogging thoughts we’ll just have to wait and see if it happens

May 8, 2008

A New Direction

Posted in Research at 4:23 am by tobytaff

Up until now, this blog has been a way of voicing the random thoughts in my head. As of today, the purpose of the blog is changing.  From now on this blog, which is seldom read, will be a store house for  my research topics.  My first order of business will be to begin compiling research on Samuel Fisher.  The posts currently on the blog will remain, but ubtil further notice all new posts will be research related.

January 29, 2007

A poem…

Posted in oddities, poetry at 4:42 am by tobytaff

A vinyl clad cutie

with a boxy back end

Loud and Fast

a comforting friend

Dark Green Chariot

that carried me home

The once fragrant newness

Now a memory long gone


A cloth girded tank

with horses to spare

A 70’s classic

with 2-55 air

Powder blue refuge

from summer time heat

Watching the cars go

from a rear facing seat


Petite but sturdy

on the mountains and flats

A passing of age

that came about fast

though sometimes rocky

an enduring friend

Still near the family

but this too will end


For though these were favorites

of my youth and my age

like all car stories

I’ll turn one more page

The good times and bad times

still up in the air

While I am living

My station wagon affair.


This poem was inspired by 3 of the station wagons that are tied to significant memories.  The first was my father’s evergreen Volkswagen Squareback.  The second was my mother’s sky blue 70’s ford LTD wagon (With rumble seat, of course), and the third my green Ford Escort LX station wagon.  I could have added a stanza about a powder blue squareback that I almost fell out of going around a corner one time, but that was a friends car.  These wagons brought me joy.  They took me to the lake, to the mountains, to family reunions, . . . to life.  They are part of who I am and who I will be.

December 31, 2006

New Year’s Eve

Posted in food, holidays at 2:51 pm by tobytaff

Today is New Year’s Eve, and the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  On this day, our church traditionally has a “Breakfast and Bible Study” rather than a normal church service.  Everyone brings food for breakfast and then we have an informal Bible Study time.  My family is bringing Breakfast Nachos and stuff for breakfast burritos.  Ingredients?

Toasted bread slices, Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, cheese, nacho cheese, jalapenos, picante sauce, and tortillas (for the burrito lover).  Oh its so good! 

December 13, 2006

I’m a Crappy Blogger!!!

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:06 pm by tobytaff

I looked at my blog today and noticed how long it has been since I posted.  “Wow!  I suck at blogging!” I thought.  Then I realized that I had actually blogged more recently, but saved the posts rather than publishing them.  Doh!  Oh well, most were time specific so I dumped them.  I did publish one.  Hopefully, I will be better from now on.

Communion in the Church Today

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:58 pm by tobytaff

I am reasonably certain few, if any, people read my blog, so asking a question is probably a waste of time, but here goes… What is the import of communion in your church today? I have some opinions about communion I’m trying to solidify, but I wonder about how communion is perceived in the church.

June 12, 2006

The Taff Trophy Trifecta!

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:25 am by tobytaff

I must take the opportunity to brag on my kids. Today they pulled off a huge trifecta; each of the girls won "clubber of the year" for their respective AWANA groups. Ailsin for Cubbies, Rhiannon for Sparks, and Bronwyn for T & T. Interestingly enough, we knew about Rhi winning because her teacher slipped up, but the other two were a shock. Fortunately, uncle Brent was johnny on the spot with the camera and we have it all on film. To celebrate, we had ice cream at Dairy Queen. Excellent!

March 29, 2006

O.I.D.A. as a Theological Position

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:12 pm by tobytaff

I have finally decided whether or not my take on God's Providential role with humanity.  Granted, it isn't really my decision, but everyone else stands somewhere so why not me as well.  

My position is o.i.d.a.  Oida in Greek means "I know" and the BADG gives 4 nuanced meanings including "I have come to know" and "I stand in relation to…"  IF o.i.d.a is my position it is used predominately in these two ways.  So what does o.i.d.a. stand for?  "Openness Intertwined with Determinism and Arminianism.  I've chosen to take the middle ground and recognize that there are times in the Bible that seem to indicate God is mutable, and less than omnicient.  I'm OK with that because I think God is self-determining and not determined by our God definition.  There are also times where God determines outcomes, sometimes telling of them many many years in advance.  I'm OK with that because God is God and can do whatever he wants.  Yet the over arching theme of the Bible when God deals with humanity seems to focus on humanity's freewill, and I'm definitely ok with that.

 So o.i.d.a. says for me, "I have come to know God as self-determined.  He can do whatever he wants.  This means that while he determines somethings, God does not necessarily know what is coming in relation to humanity's freewill because God can choose to not know.  It also means that God does not necessarily not know.  If he chooses, he can foresee future events."  

Well, o.i.d.a. that is about as middle of the road as I can get. 

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