I avoided it for 10 months and stayed hidden, but the MeMe Found me

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

I understand that the MeMe is a way to get to know your fellow Active Rainers and where they came from and what they are about. I also realize that after 400 blogs and being very open about me and my sense of humor, there probably isn't much more to say, so I will start at the beginning and then post the 5 things I think you may not know.

I was conceived in the summer of 1969, oh wait is that to far back? I'll move forward a few years. I began to hate school in the third grade, because of a mean teacher. I later met another person whose parents actually removed them from public schools because of this same teacher.

This did put me on a path, that I must say, drove me to want to make money and own my own business from a very young age.

#1 - Started working full time at age 11 and started my own business at age 12.

When I was 11 years old, I wanted to be the first kid in the neighborhood to own his own computer. With my parents not making much money as teachers, I needed to get it for myself and the way to do that was working. I started in the berry fields at age 11 and was one of only 12 people out of 700 that were asked to stay on all summer. (Never in 2 years did I eat one berry.) I knew this wasn't the way to make it though and decided when I was 12 there had to be a better way. I started my own business! I started selling gum at school and later that year I bought a Commodore 64 for myself.


You see I was buying Bubble Yum bubble gum (5 pieces to a pack)for .25 and then selling the individual pieces to kids a school for .25 a piece. I was making about $40 a day, it was making great money until the school shut me down. I was cutting into the school store profit. I went on to sell concert tickets before starting my next real business at age 18, after graduating high school. I've owned three businesses since graduating high school, not counting my real estate business.
#2 - This may not be a surprise if you have read a couple of my blogs - I was a DJ

Yes, I was a radio DJ for two years. I did commercials and mobile DJ-ing after that, for 18 years. (The own business thing - I really hate having bosses.) Because of this, I have meet some pretty cool people over the years. I've met Peter, Paul and Mary, Cheap Trick, Slaughter and Gene Simmons of Kiss (And I have the Kiss Pinball machine in my garage.) I've also passed on this love of Kiss to my youngest. Click here to see the video

                                                    Kiss Pinball Machine  

#3 - Got married at age 23 to my wonderful wife - She was my employee

When I was 22 and owned a DJ business, she was trying to break in to the business, and I had turned her down for a job. We both had a mutual friend that knew us both and told her to call me back and told her to tell me, "Sylvia says hire me or die!" I hired her and I am really grateful I did! Sylvia later admitted that, "She knew we would either hate each other or fall totally in love, since we were so much alike." Until GRI last year we had never spent more than 24 hours away from each other since meeting 15 years ago.


#4 - I have three wonderful kids and I delivered all of them!

I have a 9 year daughter, a six year old son, and a 3 year old daughter. I love them so much, they give me a lot of joy. I may change this opinion when my oldest daughter starts dating. Our first daughter, our most difficult at birth, didn't want to cooperate with me delivering her at home and after 48 hours of labor we had to go to the hospital and had her there. (Total labor lasted 56 hours)The doctor wanted to deliver her, but when he came in with his equipment, I "accidentally" sneezed on the equipment and had to go get more. I then delivered my daughter! My son and youngest daughter were delivered at home and the labor keeps getting shorter and shorter. My son was 39 hours and my youngest was only 24 hours of labor. Yes, I have a very tough wife!

#5 - I used to be skinny! 132 lbs when I graduated high school

When I graduated high school I was running 20 miles a day and was a rail! Then after years of only having a black and white TV, no VCR or Cable, I went off to college. I found a very cheap apartment in a very bad part of Tacoma. For those of you from Tacoma and Seattle, I lived at 12th and K! (Good news was it was walking distance to Frisco Freeze.) Well back to the story of college and my weight gain. The person who moved out before me was nice enough to leave a 25 inch color TV and never disconnected the cable and had ALL the channels. I was seeing TV and movies that I had never seen. In less than two years I had formed a callous on my finger where the remote sat! (Sad I know.) But, my callous is gone and I'm back on my path of working hard to not have to work for other people ever again. (Sorry no pictures)

Hope you all enjoyed your venture into MeMe and I will have to get back to you on who I'm passing this fun on to, since I have never really paid attention to who has and hasn't been MeMe'd in the past.



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Ginger Magoon
Remax - Bryan College Station - College Station, TX
Bryan, College Station Texas Real Estate
wow 400 hundred bloggs. Your blogg make me want to turn the radio on and listen to some old Kiss Music and chew on some yummy Bubble Yum.
Oct 14, 2007 03:49 PM #1
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
great blog Todd...your kids must of got their looks from their mom tho :)  you are the same age as my youngest son.
Oct 14, 2007 04:01 PM #2
Ernie Cabrera
REAL ESTATE AMERICA - Ernie Cabrera - Elk Grove, CA
Real Estate America
Todd, thank you for your post.  I have been wondering what a MeMe was.  There are so many acronyms just like our professions.  I have figured out what LTV, DTI, REO, HUD, NAR, etc, etc, etc,, but I have been trying to figure out what a MeMe was.  I read in a previous blog from another Newbie who was asking the same questions as me.  It was great to hear your story.  Best wishes!
Oct 14, 2007 07:04 PM #3
Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
Come on Todd... that was too easy. Tell us something we REALLY don't know!!
Oct 15, 2007 04:00 AM #4
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Ginger, my blog shouldn't want to make you listen to Kiss. You should already be listening to it - lol

Mary - Ouch on the comment about the kids...It was actually the mail mans looks - lol

Ernie - Glad I could help, but because of your confession you maybe next to get the MeMe call.

Jennifer - There isn't much more about me...I've put everything in my blogs at one time or another. Pretty open book! As an ex-dj not shy and was taught the public loves to hear about your life, not theirs. I may have to MeMe, just to see how it is done! - LOL


Oct 15, 2007 04:06 AM #5
Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Todd - Okay, it's confirmed.  You really are a nice guy!
Oct 15, 2007 04:54 AM #6
Rick Grand
nowhere - Eugene, OR

your wife MUST be a special person if she can handle you Todd! That is funny that you guys haven't spent more than 24 hours apart like that. Bridget and I are the same way! Except at times we do spend a few days apart. but not often and I don't sleep very good when she is gone. I'll roll over at times around 4am and she won't be there because she couldn't sleep and then naturally I can't sleep anymore so I'll get up and go down stairs and be with her :-P


oh and it makes sense that you'd deliver your children...you are a little odd.. j/k haha 

Oct 15, 2007 05:58 AM #7
Loretta Buckner
Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life - Palm Harbor, FL
Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life!

I am still laughing after seeing that video!!!  OMG, I have so got to find the picture of my daughter with the microphone at about the same age...

This was GREAT!  I'm so glad I tagged you!  wink

Oct 15, 2007 09:16 AM #8
Michael La Fay
Meadow Lakes Supply Co. - Wasilla, AK
I love reading your blogs.. they always entertain me and offer information... even if it is just info about you :-)
Oct 15, 2007 09:22 AM #9
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