16 March 2006

Hi! My name is....

by Dan Phillips
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold
(Proverbs 22:1)

It's been a sort of back-burner bubbling joke about how I sometimes feel like the fifth Beatle here.

Now, let me be transparently and emphatically clear: call me nothing, call me anything (-- well, except "Clinton"), no matter: I'm just happy, glad, and giddily grateful to be here. As long as folks read my stuff, give it a thought, and God puts it to some use to His glory, I'm a happy man. Plus, there are advantages to anonymity; for instance, the five-stars tend to draw more fire.

Having said that... it's become apparent to me that maybe a little post on this might be called for. Perhaps with some helpful illustrations?

So, without further eloquence:

Here is a picture of me canoeing in one of the Twin Lakes, in Mammoth Lakes, California, and not being (contrary to early Frank here) David.

I think I'm... let's see... the right canoe. We later fell in. Br-r-r! Got me now? No? Okay, then....

Here is a picture of me and and my #2 son Josiah, at one of the Sherwin Lakes in the Eastern Sierra, not being (among other things, contrary to more recent Frank, here and here) "Dan Philips."

Beautiful day. Forecast had predicted snow flurries, cold; nah. Have me placed? Oh. Well....

Here's a picture of me dipping my head in the East Walker River, and not being (contrary to another blog, though I forget which one) Frank.

Man, that was cold. All-good? No? Hunh. Let's see....

Here is a picture of me standing in front of a pub in Scotland named The Clachan, licensed in the 1734 -- not being (contrary to Tim Challies, here) James.

Surely that has me sorted out for you. No?

Here's me exeriencing my only-ever personal encounter with the Atlantic Ocean, from the other side, off the Scottish Isle of Iona, from where Columba evangelized and discipled the Picts in the sixth century -- and not being (contrary to Steve Camp, who did then very nicely correct himself) Don.

Don't really have me yet? Sigh; okay, here goes. This is me leaning over the wall of Doune Castle (Monty Python fans would recognize it), and not being (contrary to a poster here, though I forget the thread) Phil.

Have me sorted out now? Oh, dear. Then, I'm afraid I'll have to... I'm going to have to bring out the... here's... this:

My wife's favorite picture of me (NOT mine). I'm wearing what our hostess in Scotland called "a Jimmy hat," and I'm most definitely not being (apparently contrary to our beloved host and head Pyro Phil himself -- if a fellow-blogger who brought this to my attention has her Phil-ippian exegesis right) Daniel the Doulogos-guy. (That mistake has been made before.)

(You know, if you'll forgive yet another excessive use of parentheses, this does raise a horrifying thought. What if Phil didn't really mean to invite me to join his team-blog? What if he thought he was inviting another Daniel? Some were, quite understandably, baffled at the time.... What if it was all just a horrible mistake? Well, never mind; it's all-good. Mistaken-identity or not, I'm here. Just so long as no one is nuts enough publicly to let the cat out of the... d'oh!)

Besides, maybe I can torture a special blessing out of a fragment of the KJV of Luke 6:22 -- "Blessed are ye, when men ...cast out your name...."

So, for now, signing off, I remain, as ever, your faithful and devoted....

D-a-n P-h-i-l-l-i-p-s

(If anyone wants to know anything more serious about my background, you can find some blah-blah-blah here.)

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Greg Linscott said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Don.


DJP said...



Kay said...

Crying with laughter here.

4 minutes and counting... I..can't...stop..must...breathe...

Gordon said...

Dan, you are the man.

Phil Johnson said...

Just to clear up one thing and hopefully set your mind somewhat at ease: My reference to "patting a fellow Pyro on the back" had to do with the fact that the post I linked to was a tribute to Frank.

But I'll tell you what, Denny: If anyone ever writes a tribute to you, I'll link to that, too.

Chuck said...

I just always think of you as DJP. It makes it so much easier.

Jeremy Felden said...

Splashing around in a canoe in Bridgeport when you could have been fly fishing? I will pray for you.

DJP said...

Jeremy -- this was the Mammoth Twin, not Bridgeport. And I do fly-fish there, and anywhere I can. I envy the belly-boaters. But yikes, the wind that kicks up as evening draws on!

Phil Johnson said...

There's a old gospel song that seems especially appropriate here. The tune is really annoying. (Visit that link and let it play for 15 minutes or so, and you'll see what I mean.)

Dare to Be a Daniel
Words & Music: Phil­ip P. Bliss, 1873

Standing by a purpose true,
Heeding God’s command,
Honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel’s band!


Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known.

Many mighty men are lost
Daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host
By joining Daniel’s band.


Many giants, great and tall,
Stalking through the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall,
If met by Daniel’s band.


Hold the Gospel banner high!
On to vict’ry grand!
Satan and his hosts defy,
And shout for Daniel’s band.


It's almost enough to convince me exclusive psalmody is the way to go.

Momo said...

You know, it's not a bad thing to be mistaken for a Spurgeon, is it?


Ah, but if you knew the Spurgeon clan that I know you might have second thoughts.

Christopher M. White said...

That song makes me cringe...literally.

We appreciate all your work here, Dirk.

Steve Sensenig said...

Well, everybody beat me to the obvious jokes, but I'm definitely with Libbie on laughing so hard I'm crying!!

I'm sure there's a joke that hasn't been made here yet about this, but it's just not coming to me right now, so I'll resist the urge to go over the top with something really stupid.

steve :)

Even So... said...

Way to go Darryl!

Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed and begun to use the counseling article "what if". I've made sure to let everyone know I got it at your other site, you know, his ministers a flaming fire, that's you, right?


Neil said...

Aye! I like that last one. You look like you just enjoyed some haggis.

You fit right in with Pill and the rest of the Pyros.

FX Turk said...

Dude: I am not saying anything until everyone else beats the snot out of you for posting this.

Then I am going to put my licks in.

So enjoy the ride. Man, when Greg Linscott is the FIRST ONE to post and HE pokes you in the eye (in a nice way, Greg: you're always a gentleman), you must have had it coming.

donsands said...

You go girl! I mean boy.

Charles Sebold said...

Wow, a non-Blogspotting link. Thanks, um, Mr. Phillips. At least I know who you are now. When I talk about things I read today on the web with my wife, I refer to you as "Dan Phillips -- you know, the calvidispiebaptogelical one."

Phil Johnson said...

Hint: hover your cursor over that last picture for the caption....

Carrie said...

Wow, I didn't know Danny Partridge was a Christian. Cool!

4given said...

I just stopped chuckling and then I read "hover of that last picture"
Are you going to start making PHDpyro hats like that now?

candy said...

Phil...I was thinking of this song after hearing your song...

Bravely bold Sir Daniel,
rode forth from Camelot,
He was not afraid to die,
Oh Brave Sir Daniel,
He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Daniel.
He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp
Or to have his eyes gouged out and his elbows broken;
To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Daniel. His head smashed in, and his heart cut out, And his ...........,

Daniel: That's-- that's, uh-- that's enough music for now, lads. Heh. Looks like there's dirty work afoot.

Kim said...

I love that hat! Not everyone can wear a hat like that.I

Can we see the rest of the Team Pyro members wearing hats?

DJP said...

Not everyone can wear a hat like that

Kim, I'm not sure anyone should wear a hat like that.

And Phil -- you're a bad, bad man.


candy said...

Nice to see you hanging out in great places like the Sierra's Dan :)

DJP said...

Every opportunity I can, Candy.

I've been going to the Mammoth/Bishop area in particular for over 45 years. Have I seen some changes? Yikes.

You know something's (pick your own adjective) when I know my way around Bishop and Mammoth better and far happier than I do the town in which I've lived for 17 years. The relative size of the cities is not the point, either.

4given said...

love the song Candy... just got my morning AB workout.

candy said...

Dan...why would anyone want to know their way around Sacramento? :)

Daniel said...

Phil - that song really strikes a chord with me...

Dan - now, why do you have to go and upset the balance? Do you know how many hits I was getting just because people thought that was a secondary blog of yours? Sigh - it's back to obscurity for me.

Perhaps I will use my middle name from now on.... "Frank."


DJP said...

Candy -- I know you're not looking for any argument from me on that point.

(It's still not nice of you to gloat.)


DJP said...

bugblaster -- You look like you just enjoyed some haggis.

Actually... the haggis was cool.

My hostess was surprised.

But, you know, 1 Corinthians 10:27 -- "whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question...."

Matt Gumm said...

Wait, who was the fifth Beatle? (And I thought I was bad with names.)

You know, none of this would be happening if Phil would have left the nicknames up there and given you one.