Way back when I first arrived here on AR, March 31, 2007, I pretty much fell head first into a tornado. Not only did I have the honor of having two of the first three posts I ever wrote, become featured, but I also was encouraged to get involved with Project Blogger and within three days was selected as the final apprentice to be added to the roster.
However, one of the biggest honors that I received on that very first day was being MeMe'd by Amber Steiner. I had no idea what MeMeing was, what to do about it or even how to respond. I also didn't know a soul here on AR and had no one to pass the torch too when I was finished with it. When I first arrived I didn't even know how to contact another blogger unless I posted a comment on their blog. Yup I was deep, forest green. I have progressed a lot since then and am now more of a very pale green.
Then, today I was cruising through some old email and realized with shock, dismay and supreme embarrassment, that I never responded to the MeMe. Not even a comment on Amber's blog. Nothing. Boy, do I feel like a colossal heel. A big, wonkin' stinker. A huge Poo-Poo head. So now, without further ado or delay, I shall give forth my MeMe...
Five Things You Don't Know About Me...
1) I come to Real Estate by way of acting. I have been a professional actress most of my adult life and have appeared on the soap operas Sunset Beach, The Young and the Restless and Passions. I never get cast on soap's as anyone "pretty".
In Sunset Beach, I was hired to throw a tomato at one of the stars of the show in a dream sequence Jerry Springer show. Jerry Springe,r who likes to sing show tunes off camera and has a really good voice btw, bet me $50 that I could not throw the tomato far enough to either clear the target or hit the prop man holding it. I took the bet, winged that sucker as hard, fast and far as I could and narrowly missed the prop guy (he ducked) waaay cleared the target and zonked the back wall about 30 feet past the mark. He paid me $40 because although I made the back wall wobble, the tomato did not splatter. Incidentally, I was hired because they wanted someone who looked like they belonged in Jerry's audience. I was their first choice.
On the Young and the Restless, I was hired to play a homeless woman in a shelter. I had two lines, one of which was cut before I arrived to work. Again, I was their first choice.
On Passions, I was in a "Deliverance" type scenario and cast as the mother of 8 children and the wife of a man old enough to be my great grand-daddy. They wanted a really down-scale hillbilly type, who could bellow "Breakfast Y'all" with a good southern accent and conviction. Yet again I was their first choice.
2) I married the first man I ever really dated. I was the queen of the first date. Not because they didn't seem to like me or want to go out again (Although I did once have a guy who, when he found out I was not "that" kind of a girl, made an illegal u-turn in the middle of a busy street, drove me back to my house and never called again. Gee, I wonder what he wanted....). I usually made up my mind pretty quickly about whether or not these were men that I was interested in seeing more of. Obviously, they were not and I was clearly waiting for My Mel to come along. I have been married since June 21, 2003 and hope to live long enough for us to celebrate a diamond anniversary together at the very least.
3) I was the first ever female Mistress Of Ceremonies for a professional Minor League Hockey team. I fulfilled this function for the Long Beach Ice Dogs. The really funny thing was that I had never seen a hockey game until I was hired to MC one. I spent most of my time praying that when I had to walk onto center ice during the breaks I would not fall flat on my face in front of thousand's of screaming fans. On a side note, I got to help a guy propose to his girlfriend at a game. The funny thing was the question was flashed on the Jumbotron, and since it was set up to look to her like it was a trivia contest at first, I actually asked the question, not the guy. She said yes, but since he never asked her technically I did, I fear that somewhere out there is a gal who is really pi**ed that I promised but didn't deliver.
4) I am a licensed Ham Radio operator. My Call Sign is KI6DBR and I am also the first woman EVER to make a radio contact using EME. It was also my very first ever contact of any kind and I got to use a 40 Meter dish located at the Owen's Valley Radio Observatory to do it.
I am also the first Ham who has ever used their own personal call sign and not the club sign W6IFE. EME for those who don't speak fluent Ham, that would most of you, I'm guessing, stands for Earth-Moon-Earth. Basically, what it means is that the radio signal instead of going straight from point a to point b is bounced off of the surface of the moon. So it goes point a - moon - point b.
In the Ham Radio world this was big news, in the EME world this was HUGE and in Claremont, this meant that my stepson Brian had to feed the cats while we were gone overnight. Actually, getting to see the inside of and walk to the top of one of the largest radio dish antennas in the world was very exciting. I even got to push the button that moved the dish from it's resting position to it's working position. It was just like starting my Prius, but my Prius is quieter.
5) I am a former Pageant Girl. I competed for Miss City of Orange, Miss San Diego North County and Miss Garden Grove twice before I aged out of the program. All were preliminary titles that lead to Miss California and ultimately to Miss America. I tried really hard to win and they tried really hard not to let me. I did make court for Garden Grove and actually probably could have won San Diego North County if I had not decided to be honest in my interview instead of giving them what I new they expected and wanted.
One of my fondest recollections and funniest memories of that time in my life, and there were a few, (getting stapled to the top of a float comes to mind, as does taking a ride in a cherry picker on a fire engine in an evening gown and tiara), concerns getting pulled over on Rodeo Drive with my friend who was at the time the reigning Miss Huntington Beach.
She always carried her crown and banner in her back seat as she made a tremendous number of personal appearances for her city (and it made a nifty get out of jail free card within her city's borders). We got stopped because the car was out of registration and when the officer's approached the car one noticed the crown and banner and asked what they were for. I piped up "Well, she's the queen of Huntington Beach and I'm a Princess in Garden Grove." The officer hollered over to his partner "Hey, get this, we got royalty here... The Queen of Huntington Beach and a Garden Grove Princess". His partner said "Well, now ain't that special because I'm the king of China Town." They let us off with a warning and a fixit ticket. I think it was the least they could do, being fellow royals and all.
And with that, I have fulfilled my MeMe obligation. Thank you Amber for giving me the opportunity. I shall now nominate