Everybody's Gonna Get Memed!!!

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Jeff Belonger just contacted me today and said I had been memed.  My first reaction was, what the heck is that?  Is it good?  Is it bad?  I need more information. 

Fortunately, Jeff included a link to his blog where he memed me.  He did a brief explanation and that gave me enough info to go by and understand it is a great thing to get memed.  Why?  It allows your fellow ARers to get to know you a little bit better.

So what is it?  Apparently it was started by Mary McKnight, you know the Web 2.0 guru here spreading great ideas on how we can build our web presence and how we can blog our way to success.  Truly an awesome lady that is willing to share most of her secrets.  This is no doubt a way to help all of us "break out" and start blogging away, getting a little personal along that path. 

Putting in personality in your blogging is one key to becoming trusted and having people want to work with you.  As we get to know our AR brothers ans sisters, we can help each other more and also find those we would like to build a relationship with to grow each others' business.  Getting memed is one way to get you started down that path.

OK, how does it work?  Well, the best I can tell is that if you get memed, you need to tell 5 things that people do not know about you from AR.  That means five things you have not blogged out yet.  That puts me in a bit of a bind as I think I have blogged about most of what I want you to know about me.  So here goes the down and dirty (close your eyes).  Just kidding.

Here are the 5 things you may not know about me.  I may have blogged about them, but I don't remember and i don't have the time to review my posts right now.

  1. Believe it or not, I secretly design websites (just basic ones) for friends and as a hobby for myself.  I currently have 4 website designs active on 6 domains.  One is my main company site, two are duplicates of my main site, 1 is an customer rights website and the other 2 are hobbies/marketing test sites which will develop into specific targeted markets as time goes on.  My friends websites are www.businesseventsmagazine.com, which I will be handing over as they have outgrown what I can provide, and also www.riskprotectionservices.com, which is under development right now and only has a parked page at the moment.
  2. Also, though I am afraid of speaking in front of groups, I have faced that fear head on and started to hold seminars and speak at events about 6 months ago.  I have a wide variety of topics covering mortgages, mortgage planning, credit scoring, and identity theft.  If you would like to attend one of my speaking events or would like me to speak at one of your events, feel free to contact me or fill in the request form located on my main site, www.solidrockmortgage.com.
  3. Born in Texas, moved to the Philadelphia area (partly in DE, mostly PA), where I spent most of my childhood.  Went to college in Florida then moved to Puerto Rico, followed by northern Virginia, then flying brought me to South Florida.  Refer to my profile for financial and mortgage business related details, please.
  4. OK, As you probably know, I am a pilot currently on furlough from American Airlines.  Pilots always have favorite airplanes, so I will list mine in order...Boeing 727, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 757-200 are my top three and I have flown all of them.  I will leave the places I flew for the next item on the list, but here are the other planes I have flow...Boeing 737-800, Jetstream 41, Jetstream 32, and the MU-2.  I have held positions as Captain on both Jetstreams and I have logged over 7,600 hours in the air.
  5. Places that I have actually flown the airplane to are diverse.  Stateside, I was mostly limited to the east coast, particularly the northeast corridor, but I have flown to the west coast sevral times as well.  Here are the states I have flown to at least one city in...ME, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, PA, NJ, IL, MI, OH, WV, VA, DC, MD, NC, SC, FL, GA, TN, MO, IN, OK, IA, MN, UT, CA, TX, and LA.  Out side of the US, I have been to at least one city in the following countries...Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador, Columbia, Venezuela, Argentina, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, France, Switzerland, and Italy, having crossed the Atlantic Ocean 18 times.

OK, hopefully that provided you more background on who I am and fulfills my meming duty.  Now, the second part of being memed is to meme 3-5 more people, just as Jeff did to me, so here I go....Karl Christen, Laurie Planamento, Colleen Kulikowski, Drew Monaghan, and Christine Adler.  Let's hope they will continue meming until it gets around to everyone.

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Ken Stampe
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You know what, Robert? All this time I thought your avatar was a picture of you in a police uniform. It wasn't until I saw your profile that it registered as a pilot's uniform.

lol

Ken

Dec 18, 2006 01:55 PM #1
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Robert D. Ashby
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Wow, I look that bad...lol.  I left the plane out of the picture, but the picture was taken on the ramp just prior to departure from Paris, France. 
Dec 18, 2006 02:06 PM #2
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Jeff Belonger
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Robert....   as much as we have talked at times, but not lately.....  I didn't know that you were a steward on all of these planes.... lol  Yes, I knew that you were and still are a pilot. But what I didn't know was that you lived outside of Philly. I know that you made a few comments on my Philly series, but I didn't know this.

Last.. we have another thing in common....  groups...  lol  It's funny, I headed up a youth group retreat my Junior year in high school. I had about 30 freshmen and sophomore's. I was scared at first....well, not scared, but it was tough the first day. It was a 2 1/2 day retreat. I felt great afterwards.

Overall, thanks for sharing... 

Dec 18, 2006 02:06 PM #3
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Robert D. Ashby
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Jeff,

Thanks for memeing me.  It was fun to talk alittle bit about who I am outside of the mortgage field and what I like ot do, although I left some thinsg out for another time.

Yes, I lived near Philly for 13 or so years.  It started in Wilmington, DE then we moved to West Chester, PA.  My parents finally moved from there in 1996 or 1997.  The last time I was there on an overnight trip was for the X Games, I believe it was 2001.  I was still flying the 727 at that time.  Unfortunately, IAmerican retired that plane in April 2002, so I can't fly it anymore.

Dec 18, 2006 02:15 PM #4
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Brian Brady
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Robert:

Where did you go to high school?  What year?

Dec 18, 2006 05:22 PM #5
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Robert D. Ashby
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Brian,

I went to Unionville High School, graduated 1986.

Dec 19, 2006 02:24 AM #6
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Brian Brady
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Wow!  I know that!  I'm trying to remember people who went there.  To be continued...
Dec 20, 2006 11:59 AM #7
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Robert D. Ashby
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I would like to know who you know that went there.  Maybe I know them as well.
Dec 20, 2006 12:53 PM #8
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Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
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Well thanks for the explanation.  I also enjoyed your aviation information. My entire family is active in some aspect of aviation.  My son is a pilot with Jet Blue. 
Dec 28, 2006 12:31 AM #9
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Robert D. Ashby
Visual Approach Aerial Photography (Visual Approach Photography) - Plantation, FL
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Diane,

Thanks for stopping by.  I am glad that you enjoyed this post.  I was the one in my family that started the aviation addiction.  What is your son's name, I know some people over there.  Also, within the next two weeks or so, I will be called to be offered a recall slot back with American.  I am still trying to decide to go back now, or wait until my business is a little more stable and I have hired more.

Thanks again for the comment.

Dec 29, 2006 12:24 AM #10
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Amber Riviere
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Great meme, Robert!  I also enjoy designing websites (but there's no way I'd do it professionally).  I'm learning that there are a lot of bashful people here, so you're not alone there.  (Count me in.)  You already know about the flying thing, so that's not news.  It's great to find out how much we all have in common!
Mar 24, 2007 05:31 AM #11
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