I have been nominated for a MEME...

Real Estate Agent

Steve Mun, e-PRO, QSC recently nominated me for a meme.

Some of you have read my earlier meme response in the The First (?) ActiveRain Meme  posted by Jay & Francy Thompson (way back in December, '06), but Active Rain now has nearly 33,000 members (Back then only 11,000) so I will sumarize that info here:

  • I served in the Army during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  When Iraq invaded Kuwait, I watched CNN for 3 days straight.  At that point, it looked like it would develop into WWIII, and I thought to myself, all the men in my family have served during time of war (WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam) so this must be my time to do my duty.  I enlisted 3 days after Iraq invaded Kuwait.  Infantry.
  • I was discharged 2 years later after an injury left me unable to march, run or jump (things kind of required for a foot soldier)  I had been hit in the knee by an anti-tank missle. (But that is a subject for an entirely different blog)
  • My wife and I got engaged about three hours after we met.  We recently celebrated our 12th anniversary.
  • When I open a can of cashews, I cant stop eating until my fingers are at least 2 knuckles deep into the can without touching any nuts.
  • I love Sudoku puzzles -- the really challenging ones (16x16) especially.

Now, for those of you who want more...

  1. I attended The Academy of the New Church Boys School, graduating in 1988.  In my senior year I portrayed Kolhenkov, the Russian ballet instructor in the play, "You Can't Take It With You."
  2. I recently co-wrote the screenplay for a short film called "The Cracked Man."  In it I portray a homeless man. -- and yes, that is my real hair and beard in that scene.  I wish I could say the gut was a prosthetic device from the make up department, but that is mine too.  Here's the trailer for the movie:
    If you want to buy the DVD. ($10 +$2 Shipping & Handling)
  3. I am proud to serve on the Marketing Committee of the Chester Community Grocery Co-op, an effort that will serve to improve the quality of life for the residents of the City of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
  4. I live in an old colonial farmhouse that was built prior to the American Revolution.
  5. I once was stranded north of the arctic circle when my friend's Jeep broke down during a carribou hunting trip.

I hope you all feel like you know me just a little bit better now.  If you want to know more, ask me when we meet in person at my open house this month at 3436 Brunswick Ave, Drexel Hill, PA


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Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

I loved this post about you, Rich ! Wow, what an amazing life you have led and what an amazing person you are.  You became engaged 3 hours after you met someone? Oh my ! Fireworks must have been going off that day... (come to think of it, a man once asked me to marry him an hour after he had met me and he was completely serious...of course, I am just not that impulsive and there was something about moving to a sheep farm and being a farmer's wife in southwestern Ontario that just didn't quite do the trick for me..lol )


Jun 04, 2007 02:03 AM #1
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
Rich--I like Jo-Anne am impressed that someone can become engaged in 3 hours. But looks like it has worked out well :) Nice to know more about you!
Jun 04, 2007 02:58 AM #2
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Rich, it sounds like you are an accomplished and interesting individual!

You are lucky to be able to live in a pre-revolutionary farmhouse.  I restored a dozen historic homes in my time, but never had the opportunity to live in one. 

Jun 04, 2007 03:05 AM #3
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO

Saying that my engagement has "worked out well" is an enormous understatement.  Marrying Jinny was the best thing I ever did, and I have her permision to say so.  ;)


(appropriately, my confirmation graphic is "Passion")

Jun 04, 2007 03:07 AM #4
Nick and Joslyn Solomon
Century 21 Moline Realty - Cambridge, MN
The Solomon Team - Century 21 Moline Realty, Inc.

Rich - So cool!  I love Me-Me's now!  Me? Me-Me'd??? Who Woulda Thunk It? is my post, but hardly as interesting as yours....

You are a man of many talents, Rich! 

Jun 04, 2007 03:49 AM #5
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Rich... wow, some more interesting information about you. When we talked several times, I knew about your military endeavors. But writing a screenplay?  And as far as the farmhouse thing, that sounds like some interesting history. 

Lastly.... I would love to hear more about your story of being stranded North of the Arctic circle. Thanks for sharing this....

                                                                                                              jeff belonger

Jun 04, 2007 04:26 AM #6
Steve Mun
Keller Williams Silicon Valley - Santa Clara, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor

Wow, Rich.  I'm glad I got you to expound on your achievements, so much interesting things happening.   Truly an interesting life you've led....  A poet and a warrior.....

Thanks for sharing.



Jun 04, 2007 05:36 PM #7
Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Rich, enjoyed reading more about you.  I knew a few things from conversation and other posts.  How are those precious twin boys? 
Jun 05, 2007 05:34 PM #8
Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate


I just included your meme in my alphabetical meme list. 

Sudoku Rules!

Lucky :)

Jun 08, 2007 10:13 AM #9
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