I've Been MeMe'd! Well, Actually I Was MeMe'd A Long, Long Time Ago...

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Real Estate Agent with I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group

Hi All,

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

Kelly Kilpatrick

ARDELL Dellaloggia

janeAnne Narrin

 

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Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
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What year were you in the Queen's Court for GG?  Do you have any phots you could post?  I'd love to see what your float looked like, too.  Was it the one with the big strawberry shortcake on the back?

Funny-guess what the graphic says to post this comment?  You guessed it---strawberry!  Now that's irony!

May 19, 2007 06:24 PM #1
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Tisza Major-Posner
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Hi Marlene,

I was on court in 1989.  I nailed the interview, but almost fell off my heels and off the stage in swimsuit and evening gown.  Seriously, I wobbled so badly at one point as I was walking back up the runway that one poor judge was convinced that I was going to fall right over and land on top of him. 

I don't have any pictures.  Not a single one.  Sad, huh?  The year that I competed the official photographer decided not to photograph every girl, just to take pictures when the spirit moved her.  So some girls were photographed a ton and some hardly at all.  I was in the hardly at all group.  I do wish I had a picture of me in swimsuit.  I had dieted down so much (read that starved myself - 500 calories a day for two months) that I hear I looked fantastic, I was about a size two, but I have no idea as I never got a really good look, you know what I mean?  Also, I moved around alot and have lost most of the momentos that I did try to keep.

I do however, have a tiara which broke (bummer) and a trophy which did not.  I carried that trophy clutched tightly in my fist all night the evening I won it and even slept with it and in the evening gown I had worn.  Actually, sleeping in the evening gown was more for self-preservation as I was glued into to top half of the dress from waist to shoulder and I could not face tearing the dress from my skin so...

And, yes, it was the shiny red and white float with a giant strawberry on it.  We rode that sucker everywhere.  Garden Grove, Orange, Huntington Beach, Westminster even Indio.  I was never so glad to get away from a piece of fruit in my life.

Ahh youth. 

Take care,

Tisza

May 19, 2007 06:36 PM #2
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Bob Volanti
Keller Williams Realty Fresno - Clovis, CA
Fresno and Clovis, CA Realtor

Tisza,

What a fascinating post and life you're having. I'm very impressed with your varied interests and accomplishments. It may be book writing time for you. You're living the life I'd like to live. Except for the beauty queen stuff. But the acting, something that's interested me for a long time. Post more about your experiences in that profession. I'd love to hear about it. You're great fun to read.

Bob Volanti

Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate Fresno, Ca

May 19, 2007 06:49 PM #3
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Kelly Kilpatrick
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Broker-Associate

Great stories.  You've definitely got to write a book.  You lead an interesting life. 

Good thing I just got back online with my new laptop. The screen is the size of two PSP's :::she squints trying to make out what she's typing::: and the keyboard would fit hands the size of kindergartners.  BUT I AM ONCE AGAIN CONNECTED.  Ahhhhhh! And it's a good thing my dear friend Tisza or I'd have a challenge with the MeMe thing.  Perhaps I'll even do a post tomorrow. What a concept.

May 19, 2007 06:49 PM #4
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Tisza Major-Posner
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Hi All,

Bob - Funny you should mention a book.  I have often considered that, but feared that no one would want to read it.  Perhaps I should rethink that viewpoint.  Because, you don't know the half of it... Thank you for reading and enjoying my posts.

Kelly - Woo Hoo!  She types on her new laptop!  She shoots her friend Tisza for MeMeing her!  She scores points for her comment and for her eventual post!  I am pleased to hear that you and your laptop are back amongst the blogging.  But what ever possessed you to get the pocketbook sized laptop instead of the notebook like everyone else?  I mean, I can understand buying shoes a couple sizes too small just because they are cute, and on sale... but a laptop?  Well, I am thrilled that you are connected once again and hopefully the stresses of "computer issues" will no longer plague you.

I will be anxious to read your post.

Take care all, have a super remainder of the weekend and help folks!

Tisza

May 19, 2007 06:57 PM #5
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Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY

Tisza,

What a full life you have already lived.  I agree with everyone else, you should write a book.  Life is short so we must fit in as much as we can.  

It just goes to show, you never know who you are talking to or who knows who.

Thanks for sharing with us.

May 19, 2007 11:22 PM #6
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Very enjoyable to Read.  
May 19, 2007 11:49 PM #7
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Tisza~ 

Leave it to you to produce one of  the most entertaining posts I have ever...and I mean ever...read!

 Last night, after sitting for hours watching the departing ceremonies for Nicholas Newman (The Young and the Restless) I was feeling the lesson ...that life is short and it's important to pay attention to those we cherish. In my universe of discourse that means getting to know people in the community...know them well enough to ask, " Who feeds your cats while you're gone overnight?"

Although I've been MeMe'd before, I consider it an honor that you passed the baton my way (=^:^=)

May 20, 2007 12:30 AM #8
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Bryant Tutas
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Tisza, That was a great read. You have some very interesting stories. I'd post mine but I may get arrested:) 
May 20, 2007 01:34 AM #9
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Tisza Major-Posner
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Hi All,

Debbie - I am happy to be able to share and grateful to have someone to share it with.  Perhaps I will dust off that old autobiography and see what comes of it. 

Doug - I am pleased that you enjoyed it

janeAnne - It is I who am honored.  To think that of all the posts you have read mine would be even in the top 100 is astounding, but to have you say it is the most entertaining is almost beyond belief.  Thank you for the compliment and the warm fuzzies that it produced.

Bryant - Aww, go for it!  How bad could jail be after all?  Besides, you might get to room with Paris Hilton... then again, that may not actually be a good thing now that I think about it :-)

Takie care all, help lots of people and have a wonderful day!

Tisza

May 20, 2007 05:38 AM #10
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Amber Steiner
Solid Source Realty - Cumming, GA
North Atlanta Real Estate

Tisza wow what a phenomenal post!  I enjoyed reading your adventures and am so glad you decided to post a MEME.  Keep up the great work, as I truly enjoy reading your blogs!

Amber

May 21, 2007 01:22 AM #11
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Sandra Williams
Rancon Real Estate - Temecula, CA

I had to read the entire post out loud to my family! I was laughing so hard that I could barely read---Life is indeed stranger (and more fun) than fiction.

 

May 22, 2007 04:57 PM #12
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Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate
Tisza, what a great post!  Looks like you're having FUN!!!  That's what it's all about!
May 24, 2007 05:38 PM #13
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Tisza Major-Posner
I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group - Claremont, CA
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Hi All,

Amber - I am so glad that you enjoyed the post and I sincerely hope it was worth the wait :-)

Sandra - You have got that right... and in my case it is sooo true.  You folks don't know the half of it!  I am so glad you enjoyed it.  I had fun crafting the post and one of the greatest joys of my life is to bring laughter into someone elses.  I have personal motto "It's all OK... If it's funny".

Irina - Glad you liked it.

Take care all, help lots of people and have a wonderful day!

Tisza

May 25, 2007 07:51 AM #14
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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Hey Tisza,
I'm now catching up on posts I didn't read while in Boston. Very cool. You've had a really interesting life! Thanks for sharing :)

May 26, 2007 03:34 AM #15
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Tisza Major-Posner
I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group - Claremont, CA
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Hi Mary,

Now it is my turn to play catch up.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Take care,

Tisza

May 29, 2007 08:06 AM #16
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