Who?? MeME!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President

Last night, I got back from a send-off party for a friend who's heading out for a four month tour of duty in Iraq and found out that courtesy of Patricia Kennedy, I'd been Meme'd! 

It’s not easy to pick just 5 things, but here goes:

1.   CATAPULTED OFF AIRCRAFT CARRIER:

USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier
I’m one of only very few civilians who has been catapulted off of an aircraft carrier.  In college, I was part of a seminar program called National Decisions Program in Foreign Policy.  Our professor was friends with many high-ranking military and arranged several very interesting class trips for us.  His concept was that we were studying foreign policy on the decision-making level but wanted us to understand how that policy is implemented out in the field by the men and women who serve our country.  Our class of 12 spent 3 days on the U.S.S. Enterprise (The Big E) nuclear powered aircraft carrier at sea and at the end of the trip we were catapulted off in a COD (carry on delivery) aircraft.  Thrilling!!  Also, as part of this class we went to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, KS and experienced a flight simulator and flew in a KC-135 refueling plane and refueled F-4 fighter jets in the air.  Certainly experiences that I'll never forget!

 

 

 

2.   RODE AN ELEPHANT:

Elephant Ride in Thailand

Last December, on our vacation to Thailand, I rode an elephant, kayaked through sea caves in Phang-Na Bay, and saw the largest reclining Buddha statue in the world.  What a great vacation!  We went to Bangkok and Phuket (which has fully recovered from the Tsunami).  If you can handle the grueling 20+ hours of flying, a trip to Thailand is well worth it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  TRAINED TO KILL:

Krav Maga
I’ve been studying martial arts for 1½ years.  The styles that I have been learning are Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Krav Maga is a combat art that is taught to the Israeli military and is a hybrid form of martial arts that combines aspects from different disciplines.  It is quite aggressive and used for full-on street fighting and hand to hand combat in police and military situations – great exercise and a terrific skill to have.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the premier style of ground-fighting that has recently been popularized by the mixed martial arts (MMA) fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  My instructor in Falls Church, Virginia has somewhere around 15 black belts in different styles of martial arts.  Even with my self-defense skills, there are still certain areas in and around D.C. where I may be very wary about venturing for real estate sales (check crime statistics).  I may be trained to kill, but unlike James Bond, I have a license to sell real estate (and practice law) but not a “license to kill.”

4.  I DANCE, DANCE, DANCE:

Tango Sunset 

 

My wife Deborah is a dance teacher (ballroom, swing, Latin) and owns her own dance business specializing in teaching wedding couples and preparing them for their first dance at their wedding.  Of course the pressure was on for our wedding 6 years ago – when you are marrying a dance instructor, people expect big things (lights, choreography, no stepping on toes).  We chose an Argentine Tango, one of the most sensuous, but also difficult dances to perform.  We changed out of our wedding attire and into our Tango outfits and wowed the crowd.  We’ve also performed publicly for several charity events, and on occasion, I’ve helped her teach some group lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 5.  I KNOW THE SECRET HANDSHAKE:

  
It’s not really secretive, but I am a member of the largest and oldest worldwide fraternity, the Freemasons.  In fact, from December 2004 through December 2006 I was Worshipful Master (a fancy name for President, Director, head honcho, Grand Poobah) of my local lodge, Arlington Centennial-Glebe Masonic Lodge #81 in Arlington, Virginia.  I am also a Shriner with the Kena Shriners in Fairfax, Virginia, dress up as a clown to entertain children, participate in parades and help raise money for the Shriner’s Hospitals.  Through my participation in the fraternity, I’ve made countless lifelong friendships, helped raise money for great causes, donated over a gallon of blood (over 6 years) to the Red Cross in our joint blood drives, and visited lodges in Virginia, D.C., New York, and Pennsylvania.

Now that I've finished my MeMe and you know a little bit more about me, here's my tag for the next MeMe'rs:

1.  Tchaka Owen

2.  David Childress

3.  Harold Watts -- Realtor & skydiver! 

 

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David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!
Hi Brian, still working on my post as I take this seriously. A lot of posts, such as yours, are hard to top, not that I want to top them, but just give it serious thought. Your Carrier story is wild as I am a pilot and that would be the ultimate rush....you da man!! David
Jul 25, 2007 11:16 AM #15
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Lucky Lang
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Brian,

What an exciting life you've had for such a young person!

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

Thanks,

Lucky :)

Jul 25, 2007 12:46 PM #16
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Brian Block
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Poppy:  Thanks for reading -- I'm a big James Bond fan, must have seen them all multiple times.

Brother Jim:  Fraternal Greetings from Virginia.  If you're ever in town, we meet on the 4th Monday of every month, with a free dinner beforehand -- please join us.

Lucky:  Thanks -- I hope to always maintain a youthful spirit even when I'm no longer young  I'll take a look at your list. 

 

Jul 25, 2007 02:36 PM #17
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Jason Crouch
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Brian - I commented on your second meme just now.  This post contains the very best meme photos on AR, in my opinion.  We get to see you dancing, clowning, and riding an elephant?  Awesome stuff!
Sep 14, 2007 03:17 AM #18
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Brian Block
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JASON:  Thanks for commenting on both of my memes.  Dancing, clowning and riding elephants -- who knows what the next 34 years will bring!  Thanks for the compliments and for continuing to read my blog.  Have a great weekend.
Sep 14, 2007 07:21 AM #19
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Brian Block
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DEBORAH:  Thanks for your comments.  Unfortunately we haven't been dancing as much lately as we used to.  But this past weekend, we got hired to do a gig at a local nursing home.  There was a 3 piece band with a singer and we danced to the oldies for about 30 minutes, gave a 20 minute lesson and then my wife grabbed some of the older men and I grabbed a few of the elderly women for a few fun dances.  The old folks appreciated it very much and got some exercise to boot.  This weekend some of our friends who have spent the last year and half performing dance on cruise ships around the world are visiting!
Sep 26, 2007 02:32 PM #21
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Jason Crouch
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Brian - I was happy to read about your nursing home experience in the above comment.  I'm glad it went well (as I knew it would).  Thanks also for putting your meme in the new group!
Sep 26, 2007 04:11 PM #22
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Paul Slaybaugh
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Brian, I had no idea you were Indiana Jones.  Catapulted from an aircraft carrier?  Are you kidding me?  I am definitely looking you up if I'm ever near DC. 
Sep 26, 2007 04:36 PM #23
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Brian Block
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JASON:  Thanks for commenting.  I thought I'd move the Meme over here because since it was originally posted over 2 months ago, many of my newer friends on AR hadn't had the chance to read it yet.
Sep 26, 2007 04:59 PM #24
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
 PAUL:  Indiana Jones?  Wow, one of my heroes -- thanks, man.  Here's a photo of me ready for takeoff from the USS Enterprise.  Definitely give me a ring if you come to the East Coast.
Sep 26, 2007 05:04 PM #25
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Brian-I'm just catching up on your 6-pack. Your MeMe was a lot of fun to read.  What amazing experiences you have had. I'm still caught up in the beauty of the dancing.  Those pictures are so beautiful.   I'll bet your wedding was heart felt, watching two people so in love perform a beautiful dance. 
Oct 21, 2007 11:07 AM #26
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Brian Block
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JULIE:  I'm glad that you were able to discover this post and learn some more about me.  Who?  Me.  Thanks for reading and commenting.  We've got that dancing picture blown up to a poster size and framed in our hallway at home.  Thanks for beautiful words about our dance and wedding.  If you'd actually like to see the dance video, you can visit my wife's website at www.theweddingdancespecialists.com
Oct 21, 2007 04:40 PM #27
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Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL
Brian - I still laugh every time I read your James Bond reference.  I can see it, "Brian Block....licensed to sell" (has to be spoken with an English accent of course).
Dec 11, 2007 09:20 AM #28
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Brian Block
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TCHAKA: It's been a long long time.  How are you?  Thanks for stopping by again.
Dec 11, 2007 11:37 AM #29
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Antonio & Alexia Cardenas
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Brain, you definitely have stories to tell, I am new at this... what's a " meme" and what happens when someone gets "tagged" is that someone's turn to write in the blog? my wife and I (we are both realtors) are ballroom dance competitors, and have been competing for about 6 years. Maybe one day I'll write about our experiences on the ballroom dance competition floor.

Jul 18, 2008 02:29 PM #30
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Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate

ANTONIO:  I'd love to read about your experiences on the ballroom dance competition floor.  We love going to the competitions to watch, though we don't compete ourselves.  We've got some friends who are competitors, and another couple that performs around the world on cruise ships for the last 3 years or so. 

A Meme is basically where you tell 5 things about yourself that others may find interesting.  When someone "tags" you, then it is your turn to write a blog post.

 

Jul 18, 2008 11:48 PM #31
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Antonio & Alexia Cardenas

Thank you Brian for the clarification, I think I'll better start writing...! have a great day!

Jul 19, 2008 05:21 AM #32
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Dee Neal
Palmer House Properties - Alpharetta, GA
Atlanta Area Real Estate

Wow! I see you're a busy man. Adventurous to the say the least. Excitement keeps us young.

May 19, 2009 01:33 AM #33
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Loretta

Good for you that you're not afraid to admit to being a Freemason!  Greetings from the Order of the Eastern Star NJ no. ch. #38.  And cool that you're into martial arts too - I put on a martial arts convention myself!  In fact, it's the only tai chi and Chinese martial and healing arts convention around - www.TaiChiGala.com  

 

and Ha ha - it's run by a star sista!

 

-L

Mar 07, 2011 04:42 PM #34
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Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
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Loretta, why would anyone be afraid to admit they're a Freemason? I've been one for years and in fact am a past Master of my Lodge, Powell Lodge #582, Powell, TN. I'm also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner.

I've jumped out of airplanes for fun and rode a camel in the outback of Australia but I'm not much of a dancer, ballroom or otherwise. ;)

Mar 09, 2011 04:54 AM #35
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