Ed Rybczynski...Woke me Up With a Meme!

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   I awoke this morning to a nice little note in my inbox..."Sorry to tell you this...but you've been memed".

Now that's a man that has a way of getting your attention. I have been memed by Ed Rybczynski, and after reading his meme, I'm not sure I can compare. His words are careful, yet beautiful. But enough about him, cause this meme is supposed to be about me. I had to go back and see what I would like to add from my last meme which I think was pretty absent of much thought.

Home Schooled...and it still continues         

Born in Tucson I grew up just outside Scottsdale AZ, in Fountain Hills, the home of the "Largest Fountain in the World". It was a very small town at the time, 1500 or so people, and now is a sprawling community with resorts, golf communites etc. After the 8th grade, my Dad decided to home school me, and my younger brother and sister. His philosophy was about developing children who were individuals, self-educated, with natural curiosity intact.

I hated every minute of it! But during my two years of self-schooling, I excelled quickly in academics, and became a very self-aware person in terms of taking the responsibility of my own development, which has empowered me as an adult. I started Scottsdale Community College at the age of 16,and found theatre. I worked and performed for the next 6 years, putting myself through college, and going on to a small private college in San Diego called United States International University. There I continued to study dance, voice and the other Arts. I fell in love with it all, and fell in love with California.

The Memories that have shaped me...

Both of my parents grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, high school sweethearts. My grandparents lived only a couple blocks away from each other. As a child, my parents would send me off to South Carolina to spend the summer with my grandparents and my cousins...all girls. There, I was surrounded in comfort, love and good southern cooking. My maternal grandmother and I would spend hours playing Kings Corners (card game) while drinking sweet tea, and watching soaps on TV. On my grandmothers dying day we were still talking about Days of Our lives...it was her favorite, and she lit up just talking about it. Sometimes the littlest things make others happy.

My paternal grandparents owned a lake house on Lake Murray. My parents used to party there when they were in high school. There we would swim and fish for hours on end. My cousin and I would always race in the early morning hours to be the first to the dock and get the best fishing spot. My paternal grandmother had a garden in the woods where we would walk on the hidden path together, baskets in hand to get strawberries and peas. We would sit together on the screened porch, snapping peas in a bowl, listening to the frogs at night, drinking grape Shasta. It was with them I learned to just listen.

OK, that was long...I'm sure you're asleep by now. However..one good thing about being memed is that I get to meme back!  So I am meming Betsy Talbot, Lori Kim Polk, and Gena Riede.

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Ed Rybczynski
Integrity Real Estate - Havre de Grace, MD
Your Source for Local Real Estate

Hi Laura

I love it.  You did a great job! 

FYI: You were entirely too kind when describing my meme.  Thank you all the same. 

May 25, 2007 10:48 AM #1
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Laura, thank you soooooooooooooo much.  I enjoyed reading your meme and just finished mine.  Didn't realize this was happening again. It is a good way for new people to get to know one another and to know some of the old timers, as well. Thanks.
May 25, 2007 11:25 AM #2
Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media

Ed~ Thanks for thinking of me to Meme, that was fun! And I wasn't too kind, it was great;)

Gena~  You go girl! I loved it. Yay for us Sac girls!

May 25, 2007 01:08 PM #3
Dena Stevens Coriz
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
I  really like this meme idea, you get to know people. With mine I had some fun and messed around. And I asked others to come up with stuff. But what really interests me is how diverse we all are.
May 25, 2007 04:27 PM #4
Michael Thomas
First SEO Consultants - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Website Optimization
Nice cross blogging - I'll have to remember you and make sure I feature you in my blogs
May 29, 2007 11:19 AM #5
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


Oh. Man. Great meme. Love that fountain. I have to come visit you just so I can dance in it :)


May 31, 2007 12:44 PM #6
Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media
TLW~HaHa~ You'll never know what I've thrown into that lake;)
May 31, 2007 12:46 PM #7
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time
May 31, 2007 12:49 PM #8
Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media

BB~ You are a riot! Yep, I got em. 

May 31, 2007 01:13 PM #9
Skye Hawk
At Your Service! Virtual Assistant Specialists - Fountain Hills, AZ
NAR Cert. REPA "Rockstar REVA"

Hi Laura,

         Nice pic of the fountain I am sure there is all kinds of stuff in that lake. Well nice to see Fountain Hills out there somewhere.

Jun 05, 2007 06:23 AM #10
Christina Lackey
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties - North Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Central New York Real Estate
Laura- This was a very well written post.  It is always nice to share a memory with someone you don't know very well, because memories speak volumes.  Thanks for telling us about what sounds like a beautiful childhood.
Jun 05, 2007 02:10 PM #11
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