What's this MEME phenomenon going on in the blogging world? Well, I have been tagged, or in this case, Memed !!!

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I was memed by Jason Price earlier this morning. Jason had mentioned to me that I should tell everyone 5 things about myself, that many of you wouldn't know about me from Active Rain. I replied back to Jason and asked him what a meme was. He said.... I do not have the faintest idea. Mary McKnight introduced this word and this concept the other day. It looks like it has taken off and everyone is getting involved. From my understanding, it is a new form of chain mail where you have to share 5 things about yourself that we might not know about you from AR.

Teresa Boardman not only wrote about herself, but described a little of what a meme is Meme tag again. And here is Jason's 5 things : I've Been Double Memed Jason, thanks for the invite per se. I was also memed by Brian Brady and unfortunately I didn't get this until 2 days later. Here is Brian's....here, my meme.

 

So, I guess I now have to share 5 things about myself:

So, as I do.... I stand up to introduce myself. My name is Jeff Belonger and I have a problem. An addiction to ActiveRain. I am single, 39, never been married, and no kids...  (that I know of)  ;o)

                     1.  I love sushi, but you would have never known that prior to this, I hated seafood for the most part. Up until I was around 23, I didn't like seafood what so ever. I had several shore houses throughout the years with friends who all loved seafood. We would throw a party once a summer with 3 kegs, clams, crabs, and corn on the cob. We would literally have 3 big pots of clams and 2 more for the crabs. I started to enjoy this and I actually loved crabs and the crab legs. It wasn't until 8 years ago, I had my first taste of sushi, because my co-workers and I would go to a Japanese restaurant once a month and they all would order sushi. Finally I gave in and tried it. Hence the reason why my mom was shocked.

                     2.  In third grade, I tried out for the play, Wizard of Oz. I was a very, very shy person growing up. I hated getting up in front of people and I still get nervous sometimes, even if I don't show it. But I got the part of one of the trees in the forrest. Luckily a non-speaking part. ;o)

                     3.  This kind of goes back to number 2. I was shy growing up. But we moved every 5 years of my life, up until I was 20. And we are talking about different states also. I lived in Louisville, Ky & Houston, Tx. After high school, I went to Eastern Kentucky University. But I didn't do well, so my parents said I was on my own. I then went into the service, the Army. After 2 years, I received my honorable mention and went back to college. West Virginia University. My whole point with this is because of all the moving that I did, I had to fend for myself in making friends. As I entered my Junior year in High School, this is when I snapped out of this and became very social. Hence the reason why my grades dropped some.  ;o)

                     4.  I might be a big guy, standing at 6'3" and 250 pounds. But I am not a tough guy. Don't get me wrong, I could hold my own if I had to. But I never went around looking for fights. I have a very soft and caring heart. I wear my emotions on my sleeve.

                     5.  My freshman year in High School, I took French. They actually started a singing class that would meet prior to 1st period classes and several of my classmates from this French class actually decided to join up. So, I gave it a shot and I was even picked several times to do solos. Yes, some jocks can actually sing also.

My bonus to throw in there, as  Teresa Boardman did in her blog. I went to an all boy's Catholic High School. The public school system wasn't the best in Kentucky at that time. An all-boy's school?  Yuck... I was just getting into liking females and my parents do this to me?   lol  

And a double bonus since I was memed twice: I was in a youth group when I was in high school, all 4 years. I was asked by our youth minister to head up a youth group retreat my Junior year in high school. I had about 30 freshmen and sophomore's on this retreat. I was scared at first....well, not scared, but it was tough the first day, because of large groups. I had about a month to prepare. It was a 2 1/2 day retreat. I felt great afterwards, because of what I had accomplished.

 

Now the way this works is I need to keep it going by meme tagging others, here are the people I meme tag:

Brian Brady, Angela PhillipsNima Rezvan, Renee Burrows and  Leanne Paynter.

 What are the five things that we don't know about you?

Okay... so when I read Mary McKnight's meme blog a few days ago, I truly didn't realize what was happening, until Jason memed me. And now I am just finding out that Brian Brady and Renee Burrows were already memed.  ;o(  And Brian Brady mentioned that I was memed in his meme. But I never knew this or received anything from him. Just a suggestion. If you meme someone, send them an e-mail as Jason did to me. And I am not sure if we just pick 3 people or 5 people, so I am adding 3 more, since Brian and Renee were chosen already and I was memed twice. Rich Jacobson &   Yael WarmanRobert D. Ashby

 

Again, not sure if I should be replacing 3 names, but I do seem to stir the pot... and stir it on AR... but stir it well.

Here are those that I meme'd and their meme's :

Brian Brady: here, Brady's meme

Angela Phillips:  still waiting

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

Renee Burrows: OK *Tag* I'm It - No You're It!

Leanne Paytner:  About Me-Me Meme 

Rich Jacobson : on Jay's blog.

Yael Warman:  Meme... me, me, me

Robert Ashby: Everybody's Gonna Get Memed!!!

 

I am adding three more.... to get them into the fun of things. And I mentioned this in my comment below.

Bob Sommers & Tammy Pelletier  & Rich Schiffer

 

UPDATE :  3/26/07    New meme....The MEME's are back.... My MEME part 2.....

 

UPDATE :  6/5/07       3rd meme...... I got slimed by that damn MEME again....... Part 3

 

UPDATE : 12/12/07   4th meme .... I have been stalked with another meme.... come see me!!!

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Eli Magen
New World Mortgages,(Mortgage Company) - Orlando, FL

Jeff, no story is too long when it is so interesting. I loved to read it, and it looks like you enjoyed it as well, which is extremely important. I really liked my military service, I still love to read books about army operations, it was always close to me because of my background, and the country I grew up is no doubt a place where high school graduate getting involve immediately in the service, as it is also a mandatory service for all.

LOL for your comment...good guys finishing last...thx.

Dec 20, 2006 04:21 AM #70
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Mary McKnight
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Wow, Jeff, you are interesting and most importantly, you love my favorite food, sushi.  Come to NYC for Inman and John and I will treat you to my favorite sushi joint in the big Apple.
Dec 20, 2006 06:56 AM #71
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Blanca Cholewczynski
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Hi Jeff,

I also love sushi, I just recently found this awesome food.  Sometimes taking care of your self is the best gift parents can give.  It can prepare you for real life.   It was great to know more about you, looking forward the learn more in the future Jeff. 

Dec 20, 2006 06:57 AM #72
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Eli....  I agree...but sometimes I am not the best at telling them. And I know this....  but in person, sometimes better. 

I have grown more towards getting to know more about War World II and such....and the Pacific Island campaigns.  

Mary.... well, thank you for the kind words. And yes, I will call you next week when you are in NYC. And we'll try to get together. 

Blanca.....  some sushi lovers... great. There is so much that can prepare you for life.... or even appreciate life that much more, after going through some of life's down moments. It's what makes us better people and humble at times.  thanks.. and I look forward to getting to know more about you and everyone else on AR.

Dec 20, 2006 07:32 AM #73
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Eli Magen
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Yes Jeff, stories which are told verbally, in person, with the natural body language are the best...I've always liked to be involved with such...as a teller and as a listener.
Dec 20, 2006 09:01 AM #74
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Eli.....  I also love those types of war or Army stories.... and I read your comment to George, in regards to starting a military group for those to tell stories. But as George, I don't think I would have time to be a moderator.

Angela.....  yes, I love sushi.... but I don't think I could eat it 7 days a week though. Like I said.... I don't think I can find those tree pictures...  lol  I'll ask my mom. I might have an old Halloween pic.  I was a tree once then also... lol

Overall.... thanks for stopping by and I look forward to your meme.  Let me know. 

Dec 21, 2006 03:20 AM #75
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Eli Magen
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Jeff, there is no problem, my last comment to George was that I did not created any groups on AR only because I don't have the time to monitor them, and certainely I can understand you and George as well from the same reason. Regardless, there are too many groups already...thats time consuming.
Dec 21, 2006 04:41 AM #76
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Eli... you are absolutely right in regards to the numbers of groups.  again, happy holidays
Dec 21, 2006 05:24 AM #77
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Eli Magen
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Happy Holidays to you too.
Dec 21, 2006 05:26 AM #78
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Amber Riviere
Brown Bug, LLC - Covington, LA
Great meme, Jeff!  As I mentioned on Tim's meme, I used to be shy, too.  It looks like we have a whole bunch of bashful people in the Rain.  I once played Snow White in a FRENCH version of the play.  LOL!  I took French for many years in school.  I'm from Louisiana.  
Mar 24, 2007 05:17 AM #79
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Tina Maraj
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So do you just post a Meme or wait until you have been tagged?
Mar 25, 2007 04:11 AM #80
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Chris Griffith
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I'm tagging Tina Maraj Shah  to post a meme.
Mar 25, 2007 04:23 AM #81
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Tina Maraj
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Ok, cool I see I have been tagged, thanks Chris. Now the pressure is on!
Mar 26, 2007 04:22 AM #82
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Amber....  thanks. I can be shy at times..... but usually not anymore. ;o)  I enjoyed your meme also. Here is my 2nd one that I did.The MEME's are back.... My MEME part 2.....

Tina....  looking forward to your meme.

Chris...  that was nice of you....  in my most recent post, I mentioned you for taking charge of the meme's again. What's shaking in the 'RAIN'......

 

Mar 26, 2007 04:51 AM #83
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Tina Maraj
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Hey Jeff,

I finally posted my MEME.

Apr 03, 2007 01:03 PM #84
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Eveline Tritsch
House 2 Home Realty - Las Vegas, NV

Allright, so I am commenting on a blog from 1/2 a year ago...I had no idea that the MEME's had been going around that long....I love Sushi too....who is the cutie you're holding in the picture?  I thought you were a family man!!

Jun 01, 2007 06:15 AM #85
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Tina.....   thanks for stopping by and yes, I read it and commented back then.

Eveline... yes, these things are ancient... lol    As I stated in yours, sushi, yummy.

In regards to the cutie in the picture?  My niece Alisha, who is 3 years old.  thanks for stopping by. 

Jun 01, 2007 06:25 AM #86
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Karen Otto
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OK now I follow your path... all boys catholic school too - yes, I understand! Thanks for checking out mine today!  I would have never looked back at this since I joined in Feb of 07 thanks for sharing!

Jun 05, 2007 02:10 PM #87
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Karen.....   yes..... like I said in your comment....  I didn't like it at first, but then you make some great and close friends. Then it's hard to leave.  Thanks for stopping by...
Jun 06, 2007 12:50 AM #88
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Jeff:  I've been tagged for a 'meme' and thought I'd check out some of my favorites' meme posts!  Great post--I can relate to the ARMY reference--my dad was in the AF and we moved ALL over the place!

Debe in Charlotte, NC

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