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(This post was originally written by Karen George, wife of Michael.)

Yep.  This is my 100th post.  I had intended upon writing a mortgage-related post today, but another ActiveRainer told me that I should acknowledge the 100th post "blogging milestone".  (I figured I would put Mark Twain's picture up as he once famously opined about statistics himself.)

I also realized that in the past month, I've been asked to write a MeMe twice and it had completely slipped my mind, until today.  A MeMe should be appropriate for my 100th post, right?

Scott Parsons "tagged" me and so did Marchel Peterson.  To both of you:  I am so, so sorry that this has taken me so long.  I really am.

From what I understand, I am just supposed to write five things about myself, so here goes:

1.  I have been married to my husband for 6 years and almost exactly 2 months.  I met Michael when I was getting my undergraduate degree.  I was a freshman and eighteen years old at the time.  We were both in business school, but Michael had also attended culinary school.  He won me over with his pots-and-pans skills.  Of course, I never did learn how to cook.

2.  I got into the mortgage business by mistake.  I had a totally different career path in mind.  For those of you that read my blog, you won't be surprised to know that I was anticipating a computer-related career.  Work opportunities were few when I needed work most, so I thought I would do something that (I had heard) paid well.  Now, I couldn't imagine doing anything else but brokering home loans.

3.  I am in the process of starting a non-profit.  I have a corporation called SOMAD, Inc. and it stands for "Save Our Mothers and Daughters."  It is a breast cancer charity and is incorporated as a non-profit.  Setting up the corporation was the easy part, but actually getting our official non-profit go-ahead from the IRS is taking quite a bit longer.  I certainly anticipate being up and running by the beginning of fiscal '08.  (Fingers crossed!)

4.  I was born-and-raised just outside of Detroit, MI -- in a tiny little house in a tiny little suburb called Sterling Heights.  I graduated high school in 1993.  My name was Karen Blodgett back then.  (I thought I would throw that in, just in case one of my old classmates Google's "Karen Blodgett"- they just might find this post!)

5.  I'm half-Greek (the good half) and my middle name is Olga.  I used to avoid telling people my middle name at all costs.  I was really embarrassed about it.  When people would ask, I would respond that the "O stands for Omnipotent."  Now, Olga's actually become my nickname.  My husband and all of my friends tend to refer to me as "Olga."  It was my (recently passed) Grandmother's name and she was a wonderful lady.  I'm happy to take her name, even if people do crinkle their noses at "Olga."


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SEO Expert: Michael George
Phoenix, AZ
Real Estate and Law Firm SEO
Hey Sharon-- I agree!  You want me to take your name down and pick somebody else?  I mean, I'm sure you do, but just let me know.  No hard feelings at all.  (You get out of it, but you still have my "thought that counts".)
Jul 16, 2007 10:37 AM #22
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


I really enjoyed learning more about you.  You have been such a help to me and I really appreciate it. 

Jul 16, 2007 11:28 AM #23
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Karen, Congratulations on your 100th post, I think mine went by recently and I didn't post about it....too busy posting on other things (yes, I have the AR addiction!).  And I think your efforts for the non profit organization are going to be a great benefit to everyone.  Once you get the designation, go out and go to the stores for supplies; sometimes you have to drag it out of them but some come through for the things you will need to get it up and running to where you want. 

I only know this because I did a project for a non profit and made my rounds of the stores to get them whatever I could to help.  And notify the press, many people like to write about these things and will help to get the name out there.

And now after my non profit lecture, I have already been MeMed---twice :)  But I thank you for the thought!  I'm under the MeMe group somewhere.  That is one difficult post to write.  And again, thank you for thinking of me.

Jul 16, 2007 11:34 AM #24
Mike Mitchell
Real Living Kee Realty - Saint Clair Shores, MI
Karen.... Congrats on your 100th post!
Jul 16, 2007 11:48 AM #25
SEO Expert: Michael George
Phoenix, AZ
Real Estate and Law Firm SEO

You are all very sweet and kind to post comments here!  I didn't think I would get any comments at all and so far I've got 25.

I really appreciate it.  It's nice to know that people are reading my blog and thoughtful enough to comment.

Thank you all!

Jul 16, 2007 12:06 PM #26
SEO Expert: Michael George
Phoenix, AZ
Real Estate and Law Firm SEO
And Carole-- thank you for the advice.  I actually know nothing about running a non-profit, but I have a mission statement and a certain business plan.  However, I would've never thought about hustling for supplies.  Thank you!
Jul 16, 2007 12:08 PM #27
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC


Great achievement!  Congratulations!!!  You write very well and provide lots of wonderful information.  Thank you! 

Jul 16, 2007 02:39 PM #28
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama
Hi Karen!!!  Congrats on your 100th post.  I think it was very appropriate to have a Meme as your 100th post.  I may not have read all 100 but all that I have read have been quality, informative posts.  Here's to hundreds and hundreds and hundreds more!!  :-D
Jul 16, 2007 02:46 PM #29
Joy & Shane Goushaw
Sandals Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Karen - Congratulations on your 100th post!  I was born in Michigan and I knew some Blodgetts!  My goodness it has been so long.  I knew them from 5 Points in Auburn Hills...Hmm, I wonder if you are related.  Anyway, all the best to you with your non-profit.  That is an awesome endeavor!
Jul 16, 2007 02:58 PM #30
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
Karen, congratulations on the 100th post. The MEME was not to bad either. As usual great post.
Jul 16, 2007 03:38 PM #31
R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

Congrats on the 100th post!  I think that you are, if not the best,  one of the best writers on here.  I've taken your advice on the SEO and it's starting to work.  I'm getting at least one contact a week from my web site and I'm not even done with it!


Bob Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

Jul 17, 2007 04:06 AM #32
Donna Lueder
Integrity Group Inc. - Boise, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

Good for you Karen 100 and going strong. Loved your meme you sound like you have a clear cut path in life and a good one at that. I love the thought of giving back. Best to you and yours.



Jul 17, 2007 08:57 AM #33
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!


Congratulations, not only on your 100th, but those 100 posts were all great informative and helpful posts! I was really surprised you are so young since you have done so much and are into so many things. Guess cooking isn't one of them but hey, you don't have to with that hubby.

Jul 18, 2007 10:57 AM #34
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Karen, great meme post, and congratulations on your 100th post. I always enjoy the plethora of information you share.

 Pepper - Glitter Graphics

Jul 19, 2007 04:56 PM #35
Matthew Rosenberg
Investors Mortgage LLC - Madison, WI

Thanks for you contibution to active rain I appriciate it!!!!!!

 Congrats on your 100th post!!!


Jul 20, 2007 05:45 AM #36
Matthew Rosenberg
Investors Mortgage LLC - Madison, WI

Thanks for you contibution to active rain I appriciate it!!!!!!

 Congrats on your 100th post!!!


Jul 20, 2007 05:45 AM #37
Calie Waterhouse
Chandler, AZ
Community Builder

Karen - CONGRATS on the 100th post.  I too married a man who can cook ... aren't we the lucky ones?

Looking forward to your next 100.  Keep up the great work.

Jul 20, 2007 03:26 PM #38
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Nice Meme!!  Congrats on your 100th post!!  My daughter needs to find one of those men that cook!!  I tried to teach her but she is now 25 and she was not interested then nor is she now. 
Jul 25, 2007 12:36 PM #39
Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate


What a great meme, but what else should we expect! 

SOMAD is SOCOOL!!!  Good Luck with it!

Olga is a beautiful name!  Don't let anyone tell you differently!

Thanks for opening your window for us to look in!

I just listed your meme in my alphabetical meme list.  Check it out when you get a chance.


Lucky :)

Jul 25, 2007 01:45 PM #40
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no thanks - Harlem, MT
Olga! (I'm saying that fondly). My grandma's name was Henrietta (not my middle name, but I wish it was, I love her so). I was hoping you would say what your birthday is too, since we're the same age, I thought we could have birthdays around the same time (mine's March 27). My fiance also cooks for me (if he didn't cook, we wouldn't eat!) Congratulations on your 100th post....I'm working my way backwards, so I guess that means that I have A LOT of reading ahead of me. I'm looking forward to it.
Oct 06, 2007 02:37 AM #41
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