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Exposing "Sokollisms"

Posted by Tim :: Tim's thoughts

So there I was, enjoying a bite of pizza during the first day of the pastor/staff conference. It was like a family reunion. People were calling out to old friends by name, hugging was happening everywhere, everyone was smiling... the usual fare at a Great Commission event.
When suddenly Pat and Cindy Sokoll (Mars Hill church planters) showed up. After the greetings, Cindy said, "Wow. I've only had 2 pizzas this entire year."
That was it... I snapped. How could this be? I hear these claims of extreme sacrifice and amazing self-denial from the Sokolls often, but I wonder if it is humanly possible.
Well let's find out. Let's put our collective memories together and make a list of these bizarre claims that I call "Sokollisms". Allow me to start:
1) I go out to eat (or have pizza) only once or twice a year and even then only out to McDonalds.
2) I always drive the speedlimit even if it means I'll be late to catching a flight to the Bahamas.
3) I take 2 minute showers in freezing cold water just because I can.
4) If I loan something out, I never expect it back again... ever.

I know there's more. Let's expose these "Sokollisms" once and for all.


You must have loaned something to me. I still have it, do you want it back?

Posted by: Eric Borseth at June 28, 2004 08:14 PM

How about this:

I've never watched an episode of "friends" and don't know the names of a single character on the show.

Posted by: Eric Borseth at June 28, 2004 08:16 PM

Very good "Sokollism" Eric! Especially from someone who doesn't even know the Sokolls.

By the way, since I don't even know what you have on mine, keep it. We'll call it even since I have about 5 of your old kids videos. :- )

Posted by: Tim at June 29, 2004 09:57 AM

Pizza only twice a year? Amazing. Simply amazing.

Posted by: Heather at June 29, 2004 03:16 PM

While Tom Biang and I were driving to downtown Chicago, we hit upon yet another Sokollism:
I live a life of such extreme asceticism that I will only drink Diet Coke.

Posted by: Tim at June 30, 2004 08:59 AM

actually tim- he is addicted to diet pepsi- but diet coke works every once and a while. here are a few "sokollisms" that i came up with:
1) i can consume and entire meal in 6.5 secs flat
2) i love driving my '92 pickup around town waiving at people and listening to country music on AM radio --with my dog in the back of the truck.... i could do this all day long :)
3) said to his wonderful construction crew (his four daughters)while working on the house this past month, "if my mouth is moving... YOU should be listening!"

Posted by: leah at June 30, 2004 09:48 AM

"It really doesn't bother me at all when people make fun of me." sob:(

Posted by: Pat at June 30, 2004 03:57 PM

Having had a chance to work closely with a So-Kool for a good length of time...I am familiar with a few of these.....How about "We aren't turning on the heat until January or the air conditioner until August, and that's only if we really need it!" I seem to remember Leah coming to work with frost bite a few times...
And I have seem John and Leah's more like 4 seconds...and we don't eat fat!

Posted by: Terri at June 30, 2004 06:07 PM

it only means that we like you! :) i was always told that it was a sign of affection.

Posted by: leah at June 30, 2004 11:17 PM

Kristen just told me to add "We put up our Christmas tree in October every year even though the kids always get the same thing- socks and underwear. I bet they look forward to that!"

Posted by: Tim at July 1, 2004 11:29 AM

Funny- we actually do look forward to new socks and underwear! Don't forget the duct tape as well! :)

Posted by: leah at July 1, 2004 01:43 PM

See tim, what did I tell you. Random, silly posts get all the comments :)

Posted by: matt at July 1, 2004 04:22 PM

There is nothing wrong with driving around in your pickup, listening to country music, and waving at every one that you meet. This is simply part of the culture of middle of nowhere Iowa

Posted by: wagner at July 13, 2004 03:26 PM