It's all about MEME!

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Real Estate Agent with Galleria International Realty
I got MEME'd today by Brian Block then Scott Montgomery so I figured I'd better join the crowd.  
 
Drumroll pleeeeeeeeeeease.......... 
World Traveler
 
 
 
1.  I have been on every continent with the exception of Antarctica (with no intention of going there).  On April 12, 2003 I stepped out of the airport in Rio de Janeiro and inhaled the warm Brasilian air and accomplished my goal of being on every continent that isn't almost entirely an icecap.   I have lived outside of the US for 12 years and have been very fortunate to travel to a number of countries.   I hope to continue seeing the world.
 
 
 
 
 
2.  I am an American born in the US, yet English is my second language.  I left the US and moved to Ghana at age 1 and learned Twi before English.  I remember taking standardized tests where 
Ghana Mapnon-US citizens who were ESL speakers had the option of TOEFL, etc. 

Granted I was too proud to take a "helping hand", I believe I should have qualified.  After all, English *is* my second language.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Redskins Helmet

 

3.  I am a die-hard Redskins fan and I have had season tickets for over 10 years.  Even though I'm now in Florida I fly to DC and catch 4 or 5 games per season - the warm weather games of course.  We haven't had much to brag about in recent years, but the optimism doesn't fade.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.  I ran track and tried to make it on the circuit in Europe (unsuccessfully).  I trained post-NCAA at the University of Virginia and in June 1993 earned my first sponsorship to a meet in New Jersey (this would serve as a stepping-stone to Europe).  Two days later I ran barefoot from my car in the rain and Tommie Smithslipped into a railing and got 2 lacerations in my right foot and my season was instantly over.  I then semi-retired.  I have been in semi-retirement ever since.  ;-)
 
I did hold the UVa Indoor 200m record for 2 years.  It was broken by my friend who then had it broken 10 minutes later by another friend.  Even though the first friend was faster than me, I can always brag that I held the record longer than he did!   
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 

 
5.  I hope to one day have an M-collection.  I'd like to own 1 of each generation M3 - I currently have an E36 and would like to add
BMW logo   
 
Porsche 993
an E30 and E46 too.  I'd like both generations of M5s as well, but I'm more interested in the 3-series.  My appeciation for BMW started in 1991 when I took a friend's mother's 535i 5-speed through a road nicknamed "21 curves" (and survived).  Six years later I bought my first BMW, and it has been an absolute joy to drive.  I'd also like a Porsche 993 targa or cabriolet - enthusiasts will understand why.  One day......
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3 people I MEME'd are:

Teressa Thompson because she's brand new to AR and I want her to make a grand entrance.

Hamid Grinage because I recently referred business to him and he's performed wonderfully.  AR members should get to know him.

Grace O'Malley because she's been a latent AR member and I want her to be more active.

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Rainmaker
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Katrina Madewell
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 - Tampa, FL
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MEME Meme meme... there are SO many of these!!!

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Jul 23, 2007 07:24 PM #1
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Brian Block
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Tchaka, thanks for sharing in your Meme.  Now that you've been to all the continents, what's next?  Do you get much chance to speak Twi these days?

Jul 24, 2007 12:17 AM #2
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Bruce Bourgault, Vice President, Mpro
Central Pacific Homeloans - Honolulu, HI
Tchaka -- What a fascinating life you have lived and I like your choice in cars! Aloha
Jul 24, 2007 09:20 AM #3
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Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL

Katrina - this is about ME(ME).  Didn't you get the memo?  ;-)

Brian - I rarely get to practice Twi, but there are quite a few Ghanaians in the DC area.  A number work in the Home Depot in Reston and also at Dulles.  So occassionally I'll throw a few words out.  While transiting in DFW back in February I did run into two women employees having a conversation in Twi and I joined in.  I'm getting a bit rusty but I could hold my own. 

Bruce - Thanks!  I'd really like an E30 M3 as it's apparently the best M3 made in terms of true driving.  I see on your site you're a survivor - congratulations!!!! 

 

 

Jul 24, 2007 10:46 AM #4
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Katrina Madewell
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 - Tampa, FL
Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196

oh yeah I did... it seems like you see a lot of the same ones though...  :)

Thanks for visiting my blog posts, maybe we'll bump into each other at a BUCS game or so... I know the section you are talking about, we sit in that lower 305 section. (right below you opposing fans) he hee

It's almost football season!!!!!!!!!!

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Jul 24, 2007 03:46 PM #5
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Tchaka Owen
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Jul 24, 2007 07:23 PM #6
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Keller Williams Great Falls, Mclean
Keller Williams, Serving Mclean, Arlington & Reston areas - McLean, VA
Go redskins!  thanks fro sharing- what a network!
Jul 25, 2007 03:50 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate

Tchaka,

I was hoping for an explanation in your meme of your unusual name.  How do you pronounce it?

Very impressive list of travels......very unimpressive choice of football team (I'm a Cowboys fan).

Good luck on your beamer collection.

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

Thanks,

Lucky :)

 

Jul 25, 2007 12:14 PM #8
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Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL

Katrina - I will certainly be in touch if I make it up for the game.

Scott - my tix arrived by FedEx on Wednesday!!!!  >:-)

Lucky - it's pronounced like the Zulu warrior and it is South African.  I wish your Cowpokes an 0-16 season.  I still remember the year (was it 89 or 90) when you guys went 1-15 (sweet!) and your one victory was against the Skins.  And we won something like 12 games that year.  Back in those days the spread never mattered. 

Jul 27, 2007 06:12 PM #9
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Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate

Tchaka,

Shall we remember all of the years that the Cowboys reigned supreme in the league?

I still like your name!

Lucky :)

Jul 27, 2007 11:50 PM #10
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Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX

Tchaka - what an interesting life you've had! I think you're A-Ok even IF you're a Redskins fan! LOL 

Ain't gonna happen here in North Texas! Tony Romo rocks!

Oct 05, 2007 04:26 AM #11
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Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL
Ouch, that hurt my ears.  Any Cow....Cow....see, I can't even say it.  Sacrilege to my Redskin-ness!  :-)
Oct 05, 2007 06:35 AM #12
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Respect Realty LLC
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As someone who ran long distance track 3,000 and 5,000 steeplechase in high school and ran in both Hong Kong and main land China trying to get to the next level. I understand the retirement thing, but it fun to brag about the holding the record just a little longer than the next person isn't it.

Oct 11, 2007 05:11 PM #13
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Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL

Good for you, Todd!!  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  Speaking of broken records, 11 years after I graduated HS, I went back to Jakarta (for a wedding) and spent one afternoon with the track team.  I emailed a letter to the top sprinter about mentally running the 100m from start through the finish (most HS athletes don't have the mental focus down pat).  A few months later I received a picture in the mail from my old coach.  In it was said top sprinter squatting by a time display (at a track) and it had 2 times on it.  My initial reaction was, "Awesome time!"......then I recognized the slower time and thought, "Wait a minute....that's my record".  Doh!

After sobbing a while and spending a week on skid row I finally accepted that all good things come to an end.  :-D 

 

Oct 19, 2007 04:25 PM #14
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Tracy Santrock
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Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge
Very interesting background!! Even traveled a bit...Go Cowboys
Oct 22, 2007 01:59 PM #15
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Dawn Rodriguez
HomeRun Title - Hollywood, FL
HomeRun Title - Title Insurance Company

It does sound like you've lived an interesting life so far. No traveling here for me. Actually, I have but with in the United States. Never been out of the Country yet. Hopefully one of these days I'll get the chance. I know you hurt yourself in Track but do you get involved in any Marathons or Triathlons? My sisters mother-in-law, is a Triathlete. I believe she is somewhere around 55. I've heard of a couple athletes that have injured themselves but since they started the Triathlons, they are actually better. She's one example. Except she was already a Triathlete when it happened. Something to do with an injured disc. They told her not to do the races anymore. Of course, she's a stubborn Jamaican and did it anyway. She feels great.

Sorry for the long post. I can get carried away sometimes. Thanks for some personal insight into your life.

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