Laura Monroe...Making Memories With Her Meme!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792

Laura MonroeGuess my surprise? Ah yes, to be memed...almost more than the last time I was memed to find a lovely email from the one and only Laura Monroe, a Virtual Assistant located in Rocklin, CA who founded her own business Agent Solutions.

Not a problem. Let me squeeze this into a Signing, a Listing, blogging on my Sacramento Real Estate Voice blog, preparing my soon to debut new blog, Active Rain and of course my current clients...no problem! I can multitask...

After reading Laura's meme, it brought back such lovely memoriesI have of my Grandfather, who I called "Gran Gran." He was the BESTEST Grandfather any little girl could ever have. This was man who I never heard swear, never said a negative thing and only showed love, affection and tenderness. He was the epitome of a Southern Gentleman. Born in Texarkana and lived in Texas his whole life,when he awoke each morning, he dressed in a suit and tie (even after retirement) and never went out of the house without his hat (and I don't mean a baseball cap).

I was told that as a baby I would sit on his lap and play with the diamond in his tie-tac. Once I turned 13, Gran Gran had that very same diamond made into a ring which I in turn passed down to my first born daughter, Victoria Rose.

Memories are such a wonderful thing and something that helps make us who we are. They can ease a stressful time and calm the ripples in a day. We can only hope that the memories that we make with our children will touch their lives as memories have touched ours. When we get older memories are really all we have...make some good ones today!

I was born in Seattle Washington and lived in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas Texas. Also, lived in Shreveport, Lousianna and Caracas, Venzuela as well as Denver, Colorado. Since my Dad was a Geologist, we moved quite a bit while I was growing up.

Walnut Creek, CA was my home for 35 years and after a tragedy in my life, I moved to Sacramento, CA. I have been in the Sacramento area for 7 years now and still finding things to discover. This year I plan on taking a raft ride down the American Riverwith some of my clients which should prove to be fun and exciting. I feel a blog coming on...

Speaking of exciting, one of the things that in the past few years I decided to do is to start doing things that I've always wanted to do but for whatever reason haven't.

One of the most daring was on a recent trip to Cozemel, where I went scuba diving. Gena Scuba DivingYou ask why was that so daring...I don't swim. Some might think it was stupid but I had a great time and loved it. The hardest part was getting up once the men put my tank on me...it took two strapping young men to help me up!

The next and worst part was falling off backwards off the boat into the water. This required the men on the boat to push me off when I was unaware...lots of sputtering...this may have given a clue to my instructors that I wasn't exactly the world's greatest swimmer!!

But, once under the water, oh...what a sight and an absolute thrill!! The bottom is so amazing (looks like a huge salt shaker), not to mention the great assortment of fish and life under the sea. I am very glad that I did it! I'm not advocating that you scuba dive when you don't know how to swim but I am advocating that you stretch and do something that perhaps you've never done and always wanted to...

Time to pass this thrill on once again...wake boys...it's your turn...Craig SchillerBrian Brady and Marc Blasi

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media

That was awesome Gena! I never knew you lived in Walnut Creek, we relocated from Pleasanton to the Sac area. I've wanted to go snorkeling for a long time too....that was a hilarious story. Good Job!

Thanks for the soft focus on my photo:) 

May 25, 2007 01:06 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Laura,what a small world hugh? I had fun with your photo...you are so beautiful...I couldn't resist! I absolutely love to scuba dive and have snorkeled as well. In some places I've been you don't even need to put your snorkel gear on since the water is so gorgeous, you can see the colorful fish while just standing in the water. However, in Mexico that's not the case. If you haven't snorkeled by means go do it!!! Make a plan and promise yourself that you will accomplish that by the end of the year! Let me know where you went and how it was. If you're like me, you'll take an incredible amount of pictures of fish and corral etc.
May 25, 2007 01:12 PM #2
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Chrysti Tovani
eXp Realty Realty of California Inc - Fair Oaks, CA
Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Hi Gina!  Thanks for your comment on my blog.  I decided to stop by and read yours.  I'm very new to this so I don't know all of the proper etiquet yet.  =[  I wanted to put together something on Sacramento and I kept finding you!  LOL!!!!  You must be doing something right! 

Nice to meet you! 

 

May 25, 2007 02:15 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate

Gena,

Thanks for sharing the information about yourself.  I got tagged by Sarah a few days ago and still haven't done mine.  I will try to get it done this weekend.  My wife is out in California visiting our daughter.  Say hi to her for me! :)

Lucky :)

May 25, 2007 04:11 PM #4
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Michelle DeRepentigny
Success Realty - Athens, GA
Broker Athens, GA
What a lovely meme, I bet the scuba dive was wonderful!  I have always evisioned you as a very elegant, classy lady, but now I have this mental picture of you writhing around in the bottom of the boat with the tank on you like a turtle on it's back, lol.
May 25, 2007 04:54 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Chrystina, it seems we are in the same vicinity but there is plenty to go around. I'm not worried. Welcome to Active Rain and thank for the compliment. You will love it here.

Lucky, oh gees...I'll have to go tag someone else, now. Where in CA is your wife visiting?

Michelle, elegant is not something that you feel or look like when you scuba dive and especially not in the boat! The boat thing was really hard and I was extremely frightened. I wanted to go forward, not backward. Your depiction of me is pretty true to form...with the exception that I was writhing in the water like a turtle on its back. You got the picture load and clear.

May 25, 2007 05:42 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate

Gena,

I don't know the rules on this "tag" thing yet.  Are you saying that my post (when I do it) won't count for both of you? 

Laura is visiting our daughter, Amy, in the West Hollywood area. 

I'm off to work, again, on my "meme".

Lucky :)

May 25, 2007 11:37 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Lucky, although I would have loved being first to have tagged you, I wasn't and yes you can only be tagged once. So, I must move on and tagged someone else. YOU can only be counted as ONE and I loose!

I'll give a loud toot down to the West Hollywood area for you.  Have a great weekend!

May 26, 2007 02:41 AM #8
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Chrysti Tovani
eXp Realty Realty of California Inc - Fair Oaks, CA
Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Hi Gena,  (I see I spelled your name wrong earlier, sorry.)

I didn't like the way my last post came out.  When I said, "you're everywhere" I meant that you are doing such a great job blogging and marketing yourself that you are everywhere.  LOL!!!  Not, "You're Everywhere! in a sarcastic manner.....after I read it I thought I should have worded it better. 

Have a great weekend! 

 

 

May 26, 2007 06:53 AM #9
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Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
I've never been scuba diving but I've done some snorkeling off the coast of Maui. It was so beautiful and calm...right up to the point where a small blue shark swam up!!!   After that, we decided to call it a day. -Charles
May 26, 2007 12:56 PM #10
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Chrystina, that happens all time...not to worry, I'm use to it. Definitely, no offense taken. That was a complement and I am glad that I am everywhere...wouldn't want to be anyplace else.

You have a safe and productive, fun weekend, as well.

Charles,yes snorkeling is fun. I have enjoyed doing that for years but wanted to take it up a notch. Sharks are a bit frightening. And don't you just love Maui. It is my favorite Hawaiian island.

May 27, 2007 02:05 AM #11
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento
What a great meme Gena! I am working on mine as our "dear friend" Laura tagged me too!  It is so nice to get to know each other a liittle more than just here in the comments.  Off to work on my meme now ;0) Yikes!!!
May 27, 2007 10:56 AM #12
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Lori, Just read your meme and you are most remarkable. It's hard to come back but you had the strength, the will and the courage. Good job.
May 27, 2007 02:41 PM #13
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Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
Hey Gena...nice to see you here!  I'm running into TONS of old friends on AR....I started my trek with AR back in January but never went anywhere with it until this last week.  I'm working desperately to get to the top ten of Realtors in LV.  Anyway, wanted to pop in and say hi!
May 28, 2007 11:31 AM #14
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Mary, wonderful...it's old HOME WEEK. Glad to see you.  One of the oldies struck again (remember CA?). She's here. So glad you found me. Can't wait to read some of your blogs!
May 28, 2007 12:45 PM #15
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Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
Oh my gosh, how could I forget!!! Thanks for letting me know.  I will check on it out soon.
May 28, 2007 12:57 PM #16
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Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

OK Gena-

I should finally have the thing done by the end of today.

Thanks for the TAG!

Jun 02, 2007 04:10 AM #17
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