Memed..My 5 Secrets ...shhh don't tell anyone

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty

I was memed by Carole Cohen

When I found out about being memed  I thought what in the world could I tell people about myself that would be interesting and they might not already know about. With two profiles, one as a real estate agent and one as a real estate trainer, here on Active Rain I figure everything is pretty well out there.
I'm going to have to combine those profiles somehow because I'm starting to feel a little schizo with 2 Me's running around.

So I dug deep.



1. I arrived in the United States when I was 5 years old after a week and half at sea...it wasn't pleasant. I remember leaving the big ship and walking along this long drab tunnel with what seemed like thousands of other people...my mom tightly clasping my hand pulling me along.

I was afraid because I could hear crying up ahead and there were lots of people in line ahead of us.  As we got closer to the end of the line I could see this huge ugly woman dressed in white with a funny white cap on and this small guy in a wrinkly suit next to her...he held this god awful huge shiny needle in his hand and I tried to pull away when I saw it but my parents wouldn't let me.

The big woman grabbed my arm and wiped it with this cold stuff and the little man, before I could even push at the woman, stuck the huge needle in my arm...man did it hurt and I cried..screamed is probably more like it. Welcome to the United States of America. I became a citizen in 1986 and was proudly sworn in during a huge ceremony held in Concord NH.


2. I always liked being active and helping people so in the mid 80's I became one of the first female volunteer firefighters in my town. It was an interesting time in my life as female fire fighters were not embraced by any stretch of the imagination.

I learned a lot about people, their characters, inner strength and small town politics. I went on to become a certified EMT but eventually the things I saw became too hard to bear and that along with family demands my life took another path.

   

 


 3. I married my soul mate...we met on an MLS caravan...I was standing up on the second floor open balcony of this beautiful house looking down at all the REALTORS when suddenly the new guy on the block walked through the door.

I had heard about him as his dad was a well known broker in our area...so when Joe McGillicuddy's son Jay arrived on the REALTOR® scene everyone knew about it. 

I stood there and saw him walk in and at the same time he looked up saw me and somehow our eyes locked and the rest is history.

 

 

 



4. Jack Kemp when he was the czar of housing planted a big kiss on me. He came and spoke at our state convention and I thought he was pretty hot looking for an older guy...LOL...so I made my way up to him, I was wearing a red power suit and I was hoping he'd notice me. He did and he kissed me...wow. I told every one who would listen to me, that he kissed me and that I was never going to wash my face again. LOL I thought it was a pretty big deal but no one else did!



5. Even though I am on "stage" often as I travel about teaching and conducting workshops I am very shy and struggle with it daily. I have a hard time walking into a crowded room and talking with people...or being at a party full of people..even if I know all of them I still struggle with it. Once I'm out of my shell I'm fine and most people have no clue that I am shy and wouldn't believe it even if I told them.

This is fun!!! 

 

I'm tagging

Marti Garuaghty

Jennifer Fivelsdal 

Rebekah Peters 

 

Jay and Monika McGillicuddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monika McGillicuddy

Serving Southern New Hampshire and Rockingham County

Monika McGillicuddy Real Estate Training Website

NH Real Estate Blogs

Prudential Verani Realty

Hampstead NH Real Estate

603-548-7728

 

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Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, covering southern NH and the Seacoast area. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a southern NH or Seacoast area home give us a call…we’d love to help make your home ownership dreams come true.

E-mail Jay and Monika or call or text at 603-548-7728

Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, NH REALTORS

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty

603-944-9172 direct line

603-434-2377 office

 

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Karen Hurst
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Monika,

What a romantic meeting! Where did you come from before you came here?

Dec 17, 2006 02:35 PM #9
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Monika McGillicuddy
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Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Carole..Thanks for reading. I didn't know you had a hard time finding me...LOL.  I don't think I'll ever forget that day when I saw Jay for the first time...it was very romantic as neither one of us knew what hit us. It was so unexpected. 

 

Karen...I was born in Germany..not to far away from where Jay was born...funny we both traveled so far in our early years and then found each other in real estate an ocean away from where we stated our lives.  Someday we're going to go back...he to find his roots and me to embrace my extended family.

Thanks for reading my meme :)

 

Dec 18, 2006 07:31 AM #10
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Monika,  great romantic story, it is the first real estate love story I have heard so far.  Thanks again for sharing.
Dec 18, 2006 10:30 AM #11
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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for reading my meme (what a name <gg>) 

I think it's romantic too...seems like just yesterday to me.  

Dec 18, 2006 11:38 AM #12
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Derek and Mariana Wagner
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Monika- This was one of my favorite meme's. There was adventure (#1 & #2) romance (#3), humor (#4), drama (well, sort of... #5)... and a happy ending!
Dec 18, 2006 12:30 PM #13
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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Thanks so much Mariana. Don't you just feel like your getting to know your fellow rainers so much better?

I love reading the meme's... 

Dec 18, 2006 12:47 PM #14
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talk about a welcoming to the US - that's a memory! - your picture is too cute - and the story about Jay and your soulmate.....great stuff!
Dec 18, 2006 12:51 PM #15
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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Morning Ines...Thanks for reading my meme.  Let me tell you I'll never forget that needle...of course the big scar on my arm is a good reminder as well.

 

Dec 18, 2006 11:42 PM #16
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Diane Rice
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Monika, what a WONDERFUL story!!!!  It reminds me of me and my husband's beginnings.  (I didn't share it on my "5 things") I never would have know you were shy!  I'm going to have to nominate THIS STORY to the MERRY MEME awards also!!!!  Thank you for sharing with us.
Dec 20, 2006 02:14 AM #17
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Monika McGillicuddy
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Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Hi Diane, Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my meme and for the nomination <ggg>...you are  so cute!!!
Dec 20, 2006 10:06 AM #18
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marti garaughty
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Monika, what a nice meme you wrote. Something else we have in common... I just met my soul mate recently, we recognized each other the second we met. So nice to hear you met yours as well. This meme thing was such a nice way to get to know everyone. Thanks for memeing me.
Dec 20, 2006 04:55 PM #19
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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Thanks Marti,

Funny how that happens and how you recognize that something important just happened.  Jay and I were in a huge crowd but suddenly...I know this sounds mushy but suddenly we were pretty well alone in that room.

 

 

Dec 21, 2006 12:32 AM #20
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Ken Spencer
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Nice Meme Monika.  Reads like a short story from beginning to end.  The volunteer fire fighter is not for everyone.  For some it's great for a short time to make that contribution and time commitment.  For others, it's not.  I'm sure you were a great person to partner with on a call. 
Dec 22, 2006 07:52 AM #21
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Monika McGillicuddy
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Thank you so much Ken. I tried my best and I had some great partners..which as you know is crucial!

Thanks for visiting my meme. 

Happy Holidays 

Dec 23, 2006 07:11 AM #22
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It looks like you married an elf, Monika.  I ADORE that pic with the big hair bow.  I wish little girls still wore them.  Well, they do in Ukraine, but that is not what I meant.
Dec 23, 2006 03:01 PM #23
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Monika McGillicuddy
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I wore hair bows nearly everyday until about 15 years ago when we had a very famous murder case... Pamela Smart... she slept with some teenage students and they conspired to kill her husband...anyway the case was televised live on TV everyday and she wore bows..all the time. Drove me nuts and I finally put mine away.

Thanks for reading my meme Maureen. Have a Merry Christmas!!! 

 

Dec 24, 2006 01:17 PM #24
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Ken Spencer
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Great story Monika:

 You're right about the fire service.  It's still tough on women but the women are tough.  I've been in fires and on rescue missions with both (male and female).  Women are committed and there are a lot more now than before and a lot more coming on board.  There's a lot to contribute and if you were the first FF then you know how difficult it was to step up (even to a higher level then some men).

Thanks for sharing.

Ken

Jan 11, 2007 12:23 PM #25
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Monika McGillicuddy
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Thanks Ken...It was difficult but I wouldn't change the experience as it really helped me grow and appreciate what I have, Thanks for reading :)
Jan 11, 2007 01:19 PM #26
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Wow... what a great MeME, Monika. 

Kissed by Jack Kemp no less.... haha... too funny!

Jun 01, 2008 09:07 PM #27
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Monika McGillicuddy
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Jesse...Thanks for stopping by and reading my meme. Jack Kemp...LOL he was so cute back then!

Jun 02, 2008 12:24 AM #28
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