My MeMe is All Over the Map!!!!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with LKN Realty, LLC 242267

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I feel like a cat who has lived nine lives because I have done so many different kinds of things and lived so many different places.  I had a friend once tell me that no matter how much he got to know me he could never categorize me as a certain type because he always found out something new about me that totally surprised him!

 

So, how in the world can I write a MEME that will give you a clue about who I am?  Well, here goes:

 

My mobile world: 

  • I was born in Pasadena CA and returned there years later to raise my family
  • Between the 5th grade and HS I went to 6 schools and moved to NJ, back to Pasadena, to Illinois and finally graduated in Palos Verdes CA.
  • I also went to 4 colleges:  Colorado University at Boulder, U.C. San Diego, Chapman College's World Campus Afloat (I went all the way around the world on a ship in 4 months!)and finally, U.C. Berkeley. 
  • I have also lived in Arizona and now North Carolina

 

My wild and crazy world: 

  • I danced on stage at the musical HAIR at the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood:
  • I hitch-hiked in South Africa and rode an elephant in Sri Lanka
  • I rode a horse to school on the first Earth Day
  • I protested the Vietnam War
  • I have two beautiful tattoos (one matches my daughter's)
  • I was hijacked in a PSA airplane in 1973
  • I was in an armed robbery while working at The GAP
  • I was in the Love Ride with 20,000 Harley Davidsons led by Jay Leno
  • I was a Delta Gamma and SAE Little Sister
  • I have rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous and lived two blocks from a gang related shooting
  • I have lobbied the Governor of California as a Trustee for CREPAC (California Real Estate Political Action Committee)
  • I actually really like NASCAR racing

 

 My professional world:

  • My first career was in retailing.  I was recruited by Bullock's Department Stores and by the age of 26 I was the Vice President of Sales Promotion for another department store chain:  The Harris Company.
  • I got my real estate license in 1991 in Pasadena while a single mom with two children.  In 1999 became Director of Business Development for  Dickson Podley Realtors where I focused on our branding and marketing as well as training agents. 
  • In 2005 my husband and I moved to Mooresville NC where I am back selling full-time at RE/MAX at the Lake
  • I had the two highest priced sales in my Pasadena region in 1994, and I showed a house once during a DEA gang-related raid across the street.

 

My volunteer world:

  • I probably spend almost half of my time doing volunteer work for numerous non-profit, real estate and political causes.  I have been on about 10 board of directors, commissions, and worked on many political campaigns.
  • This is where my heart is most of the time.  I still think I can make a difference. 

 

Not on my resume:

 

 

 

  • I LOVE in-line skating as fast as I can...especially when I was in CA on the Santa Monica Bike Path:

 

 

 

 

  • I love to dance, and used to do the Lindy Hop with the best in the world at the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association.  We had an annual International Swing Dance Camp on Catalina Island.  Awesome dancers from as far away as Sweden and Great Britain

 

 

 

 

  •  My garden is my therapy.  I once got the Pasadena Golden Arrow Award for the best garden on the year.  These are from my Lake Norman garden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • My most famous listing, The Blacker House, was a 1907 Greene and Greene 10,000sf Craftsman Bungalow.  It was my best friend's house.  When I got the listing I called the curator of the Gamble House, Randell Makinson and he asked me "What gives you the right to list The Blacker House"?  I held a reception for 500 top architiects, docents and VIP's and sold the listing in 2 month.  (Randell later apologized for his rude comment!).  The man who purchased it spent 5 years restoring it to such a degree that I believe it will be made into a museum at some point.  The book shown here was written by Randell Makinson about this restoration project and there are photos by Brad Pitt!

     

 

 

  •  I collect North Carolina Face Jugs and Snake Jugs.  This is from a recent kiln sale.  The potters dig their own clay and still use wood-burning kilns and hand-made glazes.

 

 

  

 

That's all about MEME for now!   I tag J.R. Finger, Sandy Aichner, and Bob Stewart!  You are it!
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Rainmaker
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Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate
Diane, I vote for you coming back to Hollywood and making a movie!  What say you?  This is one of the most interesting memes I've read.  You are leading an amazingly rich and full life!  I can't wait to read a meme by you in a few years to see what has transpired in between.  :-)
Oct 29, 2007 02:39 PM #11
Rainer
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Faina Sechzer
Henderson-Sotheby's International Realty - Princeton, NJ
Real Estate Expert - Princeton, Montgomery ,Hopewell, NJ
Diane -is this in one life time? I will now be telling people that I know a famous person Diane Aurit -the Hollywood star, adventurer, philanthropist, dancer -did I forget anything? Fascinating life and fascinating reading. BTW - I love ballroom dancing too, but had to take a break for now. Also, can you please help me brand?
Oct 29, 2007 03:23 PM #12
Rainer
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Sandy Bacon
MacDoc Realty - Fredericksburg, VA
Diane--I just have to say it "WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!"  You are an amazing lady!  I would be happy to say that I had done one third of the things that you have done.  How does it feel to be a Carolina Girl??  You might try shagging (a dance done mostly in the Carolinas).  It is great fun!  I am from NC and I love it from the beach to the mountains!  Once again, great meme.
Oct 29, 2007 03:55 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Diane,

Nice to hear a little more about you!

Oct 30, 2007 12:03 AM #15
Rainer
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Leslie: Remember, I am 55 so I've had a long time to collect this list!  Regarding the pottery, there is only one way to buy them and that is to attend the kiln sales at the potters' homes.  It's really fun.  Lot's are sold on EBAY but the fun is meeting the potters and buying them directly.  They do a number system to determine who gets to choose first.  Thanks for your comment!

Cynthia:  I can still picture you with your beautiful family.  I love getting to know everyone as well!

Harold:  Thanks for stopping by!

Kathy:  I think going around the world on a ship in college was truly one of the highlights of my life!  We did some crazy things and saw the world in such a different way than a regular vacationer!

Oct 30, 2007 01:22 AM #16
Rainer
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Susan:  Thanks for your comment.  I wish I had been there when Brad Pitt took his photos for the book!!!

Loreena:  I know how it is with a baby, but allow yourself some peaceful time in your garden.

Desiree:  I have had a lot more years to accumulate these crazy things...I'm sure you have many stories to tell too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah:  You are too funny.  You just have to pace yourself.  Most of this list just happened or evolved and you never know what is around the corner in your life.  Thanks for the comment!

 

Oct 30, 2007 01:29 AM #17
Rainer
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Jennifer:  Yet more interesting connections we find!  I actually lived on PV Drive East and went to Miraleste HS which was later closed as we baby boomers left.  Did you hang out at the Green Store in Hermosa Beach?  Yes, I think you would love the tattoos Lauren and I got together.  We had so much fun although it took may hours and visits.  We each have a branch of beautiful Asian flowers going down our backs done by a great artist at Sunset Strip Tattoos.  My husband, mister CPA now has a full sleeve on his right arm.  We are late bloomers:)
Oct 30, 2007 01:36 AM #18
Rainer
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Carole:  Thanks for stopping by!  I do miss my swing dancing!

Irina:  You are the one person that can appreciate my Randell Makinson/Blacker House story!  This was way back i n 1994.  The DEA Raid was up in Orange Heights at a time when most agents would not even get out of their cars...I'm sure it's changed!

Faina:  Thanks!  I am so proud of you recent features...your writing is getting better and better every day!  I would be happy to help you with branding.  But, the real experts are Ines and Rick.  Check out their series of posts of branding!

Sandy:  I have been wondering about the local Shag dancing.  Is it anything like swing dancing?  I haven't seen any Lindy Hoppers here but I see notices about Shagging.

Deborah:  Thanks!  I actually haven't danced since meeting my husband in 2001 as he is truly not a dancer and the Lindy Hop requires lots of training.  But, I have many great memories!

Neal:  Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Oct 30, 2007 01:46 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Diane, what a fabulous MeMe!  I knew you'd have quite a story to tell!

Oct 30, 2007 01:50 AM #20
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Diane, Wow, you've experienced it all! Great Meme! (Are the kitties yours?)
Oct 30, 2007 03:27 AM #21
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Eric:  Thanks for inviting me to do this...it was fun!

Lysa:  Yes, I didn't mention my 4 kitties or my two wonderful children and husband but those are my kitties!  Thanks for you comment!

Oct 30, 2007 03:56 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate

Diane,

Some day I am going to try that in-line skating.  I'm into speed!

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

Thanks,

Lucky :)

Oct 30, 2007 03:28 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Sharon Lancaster
Sage Executive Group Real Estate - Kelowna, BC
SRES, Realty Executives Okanagan
Living vicariously through your blog - what an adventure! It reminds us all of what, where and how far we can go!
Oct 31, 2007 04:27 AM #24
Rainer
292,067
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Lucky:  I miss my skating so much.  I haven't found a safe place to skate here yet where I don't have to worry about cars...I love going fast but that also means it's impossible to stop!

Sharon: Spread over so many years it really isn't all that much:)

Deborah:  Email me more about your pottery and visit my blog as I have several posts on NC pottery.  Catawba Valley potters are totally unique but we also have the Seagrove area.  I have no idea how wonderful the pottery was in North Carolina until I moved here.

Oct 31, 2007 08:58 AM #26
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Ginger Sala
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~

Diane, You are some fascinating lady. Harleys and tulips. Tattoos and PACS. Nascar and ballroom.....

Very interesting! My life seems so boring now 

Ginger 

Oct 31, 2007 09:35 AM #27
Rainer
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Ginger...I do appear to be a contradiction but I really just like experiencing all sorts of lifestyles...proabably because I moved so much and had to assimilate in to very differenct worlds.  Thanks for your comment!
Nov 01, 2007 02:06 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Lanette Branch
RE/MAX Components - Fallston, MD
Bel Air, MD REALTOR

Diane--Absolutely Fascinating! 

This has got to be one of the most interesting MeMe's I've had the pleasure of reading. Thanks so much for sharing w/all your AR friends.

Nov 05, 2007 02:01 AM #34
Rainer
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Deborah:  I love your work and look forward to watching you get back to it!

Lanette:  Thanks so much!

Nov 10, 2007 02:23 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Rebecca Savitski
BSR Real Estate Group - Cary, NC
NC Real Estate Listings

I have not been to a kiln sale yet. But I here they sell out almost within hours. I love the face jugs. Nascar and pottery are you sure your not a NC native?

 

Nov 11, 2007 02:44 AM #36
Rainer
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Rebecca:  If you ever want to know more about the kiln sales give me a call!  I know, people think I have been here forever because I got into facejugs and lots of community organizations so quickly.  I love it here!
Nov 11, 2007 05:37 AM #37
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