It's "Meme" time in Tennessee

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

That's usually the way we start a football game in Tennessee but a little paraphrasing never hurt.

My "Memor" was Leigh Brown.

It's kinda tough to sit down and think of 5 things most people don't know about you that would interest them but I'll give it a try.

1.  I'm a former skydiver; my highest leap was from 16,000 feet over Lake Okeechobee in south Florida.  From 3 miles up you can do about a 75 second freefall; you also have a pretty good view in 360 degrees. All I remember seeing most of the way down was orange & grapefruit groves in 3 directions to the horizon and water in the other. I also remember thinking, WOW!, that's a LOT of oranges & grapefruits.

2.  At age 8 my mother wanted me to become a steel guitar player; I hated the lessons. A steel guitar is played flat on your lap or on a stand; they used to be real big with the original Grand Ole Oprey bands in Nashville. Mercifully she let me quit after about 2 years, my instructor finally convinced her my heart wasn't in it. I was never even close to this good.

3.  I went to school in Memphis back the University of Memphis was called Memphis State. Elvis was alive & well then; we walked by Graceland a couple of times and saw him riding around the grounds on his golf cart, of course we waved and he waved back.

4.  In the late 60s I was in the Air Force. I was a refueling specialist so I got to see some incredible aircraft close up. I was backup fuel specialist once when we launched an SR-71 "Blackbird" spyplane.

ST-71 Blackbird

This airplane was so classified & hush hush back then when it launched everyone not directly involved with its flight operations had to go indoors and weren't supposed to even look out the windows. It could fly at over Mach 3.3 at altitudes of over 85,000 feet. I believe it's still the fastest and highest flying airplane ever built.

5.  In the late 70s a buddy and I operated the first frozen yogurt shop in Knoxville. Aparently we were a little ahead of the curve with frozen yogurt and lost our....well, we lost. I still get mad every time I see a TCBY shop.

I'm tagging Tennessee Realtor Tori Stamps , Florida Realtor Paula Bean, and my Colorado Realtor pal Alicia Hagner as future victims.

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Rainer
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Jim I am obsessed with the Blue Angels so now I might have to start stalking you. What an awesome experience!  As for yogurt, I think TCBY has hit the skids too no? So don't feel badly, I looked into it during the 80s and they required a 300k franchise fee! I bet you didn't have to pay anything like that! Thanks for helping us get to know you better : - )
Dec 16, 2006 12:19 PM #1
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
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Oh Jim, do you think you can lure Paula Bean into posting.  I hope so!
Dec 16, 2006 12:23 PM #2
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Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
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WOW, I'm impressed! Our very own Top Gun Tom Cruise! So do you jump on sofa's as well as jump out of planes?
Dec 16, 2006 12:28 PM #3
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Jim Lee
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Hey Carole, if you're into military aircraft you might like these photos of the super bowl of military airshows

My wife and I was lying on the beach at Pensacola Beach, Florida one morning several years ago and the Blue Angels passed in formation just offshore at very low altitude and all trailing smoke. It was a very, very impressive sight.

Curt Watson, who was a former fullback for the University of Tennessee flew with the Air Force's Thunderbirds during a tour in the Air Force. He drives a 737 for Fed Ex now.

Elaine my wife frowns on me jumping onto anything around the house although I do still enjoy a good nap on the sofa.

Dec 16, 2006 12:37 PM #4
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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I loved the Red Dog Two and in honor of Chanukah there was a T 6 II called OY lolol  TY for that Jim
Dec 16, 2006 12:46 PM #5
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Marci Toliver
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Leigh, also got me!! is that fair, I thought all you could MEME was 3 people!

 

Dec 16, 2006 01:16 PM #6
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Ann Cummings
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Jim - love reading this info about you....now I know even more than 'other surveys' told....  ;-)

Ann

Dec 16, 2006 02:02 PM #7
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Sharon Simms
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Darn, Jim, you tagged Tori Stamps before I could get to her. Guess I better get my memes out before more people are out of play.
Dec 16, 2006 10:29 PM #8
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Brian Brady
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I remember when it was Memphis State.

Thanks for your service, Jim. 

Dec 17, 2006 07:50 AM #9
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Laurie Manny
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Jumping out of a plane is the only thing on my list of the wilder things I wanted to do in my life, but have not.  Still wonder if I actually would have had the nerve to take the plunge. Thank you for sharing
Dec 17, 2006 10:39 AM #10
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Leigh Brown
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YOU SAW ELVIS???  I remember my mama crying the day he died, but that's about it since I was a mere tot.  And I love steel guitar-can you still play?
Dec 17, 2006 11:24 AM #11
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Carole Cohen
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Come on, everyone has seen Elivs, heck, I just saw him last week! : - )
Dec 17, 2006 11:27 AM #12
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Michele Connors
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I was in 6th grade when Elvis died, moms crying everwhere!

My grandpa flew and my father worked on an aircraft carrier .Those photos are spectacular and I really enjoyed the link.

I want to sky dive and I know Lake Okeechobee very well! I grew up in Jupiter. Werent you afraid of landing on an aligator!

Dec 17, 2006 12:13 PM #13
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Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
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Leigh, you and all Elivs fans will love this story.

On his last concert tour to Knoxville he stayed at a Sheraton hotel my father in law managed; his entourage took up the whole top floor.

My father in law said on the morning after the concert and after he had left the hotel, there were over 40 women in his lobby waving money at him wanting to buy the sheets Elvis slept on.

If only he had had the good business sense to open his laundry we could have all been rich. ;-)

Laurie, once you leave the airplane skydiving is easy; gravity does most all the work.

I never was very good on my steel guitar because I hated it so; I havn't touched one in many, many years.

Dec 17, 2006 12:45 PM #14
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Jim Lee
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Leigh, you and all Elvis fans will love this story.

On his last concert tour to Knoxville he stayed at a Sheraton hotel my father in law managed; his entourage took up the whole top floor.

My father in law said on the morning after the concert and after he had left the hotel, there were over 40 women in his lobby waving money at him wanting to buy the sheets Elvis slept on.

If only he had had the good business sense to open his laundry we could have all been rich. ;-)

Laurie, once you leave the airplane skydiving is easy; gravity does most all the work.

I never was very good on my steel guitar because I hated it so; I havn't touched one in many, many years.

Dec 17, 2006 12:46 PM #15
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Carole Cohen
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Jim, I give you a lot of credit for sky diving! I am sure it's beautiful but it sounds terrifying! Now if you wanted to take me up in an F-15 or a T6 Im game lol
Dec 17, 2006 01:03 PM #16
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Jim....  I have bungee jumped twice before.... does this count?  lol

As Carole said, I also liked the Blue Angels and I got to see their show when I was in Texas. When I was young, I also built a lot of models when I was young. And a few of them were of planes.

I don't want to mention #5, but I am sure it does kill you from time to time.

Thanks for sharing and I am going to check out your link that you shared. 

Dec 17, 2006 02:20 PM #17
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WOW! ELVIS???? My friend had a cousin who said she was related to him, but that's about as close as I got...well, except for my cat (=^:^=) who has that  lip like Elvis'...His name is...you guessed it!...
Dec 18, 2006 07:21 AM #18
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skydiver?  yikes!  I am afraid of heights, never, EVER will see me doing that.  Mortgage Man's feet remain on the ground!!!

Here is Mortgage Man's MEME BLOG:  Nima aka Mortgage Man's MEME BLOG (Rated PG-13)

*** Also, there has been a new contest posted by Diane Rice, so check out her blog on MEME AWARDS (not emmy awards)

Her blog is located here:  THE "MERRY MEME" AWARDS CONTEST

Your Mortgage Man,

Nima

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