Enough About Me, Let’s Talk About MeMe Some More: Meme Take 2

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President
James Downing MeMe’d me.  This is now my second MeMe!

I’ve already discussed how I ride elephants, jet off of aircraft carriers, dance the Argentine Tango, am trained to kill, and know the secret handshake.  If you haven’t read about these exciting adventures, please read my first MeMe post:  Who?? MeME!

Here’s 5 more things about me that you probably didn’t know:

  1. JE VOUS AIME PARIS!

 I went to Paris for a month at the end of my junior year in high school as part of a student exchange program with my French class.  We hosted a Parisian student in Boston for a month during the school year and then our class went over there in June.  I toured Paris, Versailles, the Loire Valley castles, and Normandy.

 

The highlight of the trip:  Patrick, the French student with whom I lived bought tickets to The Rolling Stones concert in Paris.  We went together with a few of his French buddies to the show – this was my first rock concert ever!  Rolling Stones in Paris – doesn’t get much better than that!  It was a scorching hot June afternoon in a Paris soccer stadium.  We had general admission tickets and were 30 feet back from the stage – front and center.  When Mick Jagger finished singing “Start Me Up” he announced “Paris, Je Vous Aime.”  A Parisian man who had rolled and was smoking a joint created from his concert ticket declared his undying love for the Stones shouting back in accented English “Mick Jagger – I Love You!”

 

      2.  SYLVESTER STALLONE WOULD BE PROUD

 Sylvester Stallone is known for his beefed up physique, grunting, and endless sequels.  But more importantly, he is forever known as Rocky.  Especially around Philly.  Well, I went to college in Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania.  In order to counteract Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night keg parties, I found it necessary to do a lot of running and other exercise. 

 

 

My friend Ray and I decided that we would build up to the run, but that eventually we would like to emulate Rocky by running up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum.  The first time we turned the corner onto Benjamin Franklin Boulevard and saw the Museum in the near distance, it was such a rush – we could almost hear the Rocky theme blaring over the street noise as we sprinted towards the steps and then climbed them in leaping strides.  Once we hit the summit, in true Rocky fashion, we yelled out “Adrian!!”  Future climbs while fun were never as satisfying as that first time. 

I still enjoy running and in 2004 completed my first Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon.

     3.  HOT! HOT! HOT!  YES, IT'S THE DESERT!

 Talk about roadside kitsch – I saw the World’s Largest Thermometer in Baker, California (134 feet tall).  On an extremely HOT and lonely drive across the desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend of 2000, there is not much to see and only two small towns in the middle of the Mojave Desert– Barstow and Baker (old mining towns).  Baker is home to the World’s Largest Thermometer where the temperature that day must have been pushing 120. 

 

 

 

I was in L.A. for two weeks on business and flew my wife (girlfriend at the time) out to Vegas for the weekend so we could meet up and have some fun.  Out of 6 trips I’ve made to Vegas, that was the first and only time, I’ve been there with Deborah.  We saw some shows, ate some great meals – the experience is a little different when you are there with the guys for a bachelor party (or 3).

 

 

 

     4.  I Won the Lottery!

 

Why am I still in real estate or working at all, you might ask?  Well, because I only matched 4 out of 6 numbers and won a measly $100.  I still buy a ticket from time to time when the jackpot gets really high and spend the entire week fantasizing about what I’ll do with my future fortune.  Ever notice how some people purchase lottery tickets only when the prize is over $100 million – as if $20 million wouldn’t set you up for life?

 

     5.  One Damn Question Wrong

 One Damn Question Wrong on the Math SAT and I ended up with a 780.  I’ve always had a proclivity towards mathematics (SEE Math? When Will I Ever Use This?: A Realtor's Guide) and when I scored a perfect 800 on the PSAT, I even bet a high school friend that I’d repeat that performance on the real thing. (I was a bit cocky about my math skills, having been on the math team in high school). I lost 5 bucks on that one.

 OK, I know what you are thinking – my wife always likes to say that I was such a nerd that I was captain of the math team – but we didn’t have captains, I was just a member.  I was captain of the tennis team, however

Okay, am I revealing too much? – I was not your football/baseball/basketball high school jock – I was tennis team captain and on the math team.  Yeah, but now I am a lawyer and Realtor and some of those jocks are “petroleum exchange engineer” (i.e. gas station attendants).

 

 

 

That's all for this time.  Intrigued?  Want to learn more about me, please read my first MeMe:  Who?? MeME!

 

O.K., MEME TAGS go out to:

Charles McDonald – who is right behind me in points in Virginia


Bill Gassett – a fellow Red Sox fan


And how about

Josh Lazaro – a new agent in Louisiana with a keen sense of humor


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Rainer
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Donna Lueder
Integrity Group Inc. - Boise, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate
Brian... Great job! It is always fun to read what is behind the picture. You don't sound (read) like you look.  I admire your wit!
Sep 14, 2007 03:53 AM #11
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Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
PATRICIA:  The Paris apartment sounds like it would be a great place to stay and that's wonderful that your broker makes it available to you.  Paris is a great city -- I haven't been back since 1990 though, so I'm sure it has changed quite a bit.  Their enormous Metro system puts our D.C. one to shame!
Sep 14, 2007 07:19 AM #12
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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner
OK, I am not up on this MEME thing but I am looking into it!
Sep 14, 2007 08:05 AM #13
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Ian Butler
John R Wood Realtors - Naples, FL
PA, ABR - Naples, Florida
Or we could always use a "day in the life of brian block"
Sep 14, 2007 08:08 AM #14
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Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
JASON:  Thanks for reading and for your great compliment -- I appreciate that.  I got 600 or 620 on the verbal SAT -- I think my verbal skills have improved greatly since high school.  That's what happens with a lot of reading and writing -- political science major and then law school.  Blogging doesn't hurt either!
Sep 14, 2007 08:18 AM #15
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DONNAIt's the glasses, isn't it?  Too much of the mild-mannered Clark Kent look?  My wife said I should remove the glasses in my next promotional photo (which it is about time to take -- that current photo is 4 years old and I'm much better looking these days :) )  Thanks for your comments.
Sep 14, 2007 08:28 AM #16
Rainer
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WOW, a 780 on the math.

I got a 720.

You must be more mathletic than I am.

A regular mathmagician.

It's Math Hysteria!

Sep 14, 2007 03:31 PM #17
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
I really enjoyed reading a little about you...you also have great talent to keep ones attention ...thanks.
Sep 14, 2007 06:58 PM #18
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Brian Block
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CHARLES:  I'll look for your Meme later today when I have a chance.
Sep 14, 2007 10:33 PM #19
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Brian Block
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IAN:  Problem is I wouldn't know which day to pick!  Thanks for commenting.
Sep 15, 2007 04:41 AM #20
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
JOEY:  Yes, I was a mathlete!  Thanks for your comments. 
Sep 15, 2007 05:18 AM #21
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
SALLY:  Thanks for commenting and for your compliment.  Happy birthday!
Sep 15, 2007 07:49 AM #22
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Happy 50th Birthday to me! I'm starting to get used to it. My husband said I'm still immature. harumph.
Sep 15, 2007 02:47 PM #23
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Joshua Lazaro, serving New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Area!!!
Prudential Gardner, Realtors - Kenner, LA

Thanks for the tag, and a great meme, too. Here's the first one I posted a while back:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/166868/A-Meme-from-Me

I'll put another one soon...

Sep 15, 2007 07:26 PM #24
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
SALLY:  Nobody says you need to be mature at 50 -- keep that childish spirit alive!
Sep 15, 2007 10:55 PM #25
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
JOSH:  Sorry to have Meme'd you a second time so soon.  But I look forward to learning some more about you. Thanks for your comment.
Sep 16, 2007 01:46 PM #26
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Lucky Lang
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Brian,

I just added this second meme to your first meme in my alphabetical meme list.

Your first one was very well written and entertaining!

This second one is great as well.

Thanks,

Lucky :)

Sep 16, 2007 11:19 PM #27
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Brian Block
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LUCKY: Thanks for adding it to your list and for your comments on both my memes. I appreciate it.
Sep 17, 2007 12:08 AM #28
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Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL

Nice work on the Math, Brian!  I calculated that I got 5 questions wrong over 3 math sections and ended up with a 740.  We won't talk Verbal though.  :-(

Aug 15, 2008 12:25 PM #29
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TCHAK:  Not bad, my friend. 

Aug 16, 2008 12:10 PM #30
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