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OK, Suzanne Marriott, you got me on this one.

Suzanne Marriott AR MEMED me this time around.  Next time it will be my turn (if that ever happens).  I am supposed to tell you 5 things you don't know about me .  After that I plan on tagging 3 others.

So, here are the secrets about me except for the involved parties as the saying goes:


  • I'm an active duty fire fighter.  When I'm not working full time with the Marriott Group in Phoenix.  I actually drive the red truck in the picture and did this particular day.  This was a head on collision at the Genesee exit, in the mountains west of Denver, that shut down traffic on Interstate 70 for 4 hours.  I fly back to Denver, Colorado twice monthly from Phoenix to serve my fire shifts and meet my training and certification obligations.  Previously a Captain and Public Information Officer, I will retire in 9 months. Fire Buddies on scene


  • I'm a pilot with an FAA Airline Transport Pilot License.  The largest piece of equipment I actually flew was a Boeing 737.  I learned to fly in Spokane, Washington when aircraft had wheels on their tails.  I know you never heard of a J-3 Cub, sometime referred to as a Piper Cub but that was the first aircraft I flew.  I owned and operated a flight school in Honolulu, Hawaii where I was born and raised.
  • I met Charles Lindberg.  No, I didn't go to school with him nor was he my childhood buddy.  I worked with his pilot to get his FAA certification to fly in the United States.  Charles Lindberg who was with Pan American at that time had a bush pilot that flew him in and out of the diamond mines in Africa.  His pilot introduced me to Mr. Lindberg one day after we had been flying.  I was honored.
  • I was the State Deputy Director for MUFON while living in Colordo.  If you don't know the organization then I should not go any further with a description of what I did.  It's a legitimate organization with a unique mission.  We'll leave it at that.
  • I hiked one of the worlds largest extinct volcanic craters 10 times, staying overnight each time in a wilderness cabin. My fiirst hike was with my dad when I was 11, my 6th was with my daughter when she was 10 and my last was with 12 of my very best friends the day before I turned 50.  The experience felt new every time.  The crater was 10,000 foot Haleakala on Maui, Hawaii.

Haleakala Crater


That's my story, I'm sticking with it.

I am tagging:


Rich Pieropan

Judy Ann Lorenz

Tony Marriott

Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
I enjoyed reading your meme ken. A fire fighter and a pilot..pretty cool. Isn't RE boring compared to that??
Dec 21, 2006 09:44 AM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance
Thanks Monika.  RE is never boring.  On the contrary.  I find anything dealing with people  never to be  boring.
Dec 21, 2006 10:57 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

I used to be a firefighter..year ago and it was never dull. RE yeah it's not boring but not exciting either :)



Dec 21, 2006 11:04 AM
Suzanne Marriott
Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Anthem, AZ
Associate Broker, CLHMS, e-PRO
Ken - Interesting things I learned about you in this meme.  Is that volcanic crater still open for hiking?  Sounds like a great adventure!
Jan 01, 2007 03:46 AM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance


Yes it is.  Perhaps we can get a few of our new team members including you, Tony, Nicole, Jack, Rich, Audrey (she did it once already) and take the hike.  It's extremely beautiful.  The first day is 6 miles to the first cabin called Kapalaoa cabin, second day is around 8.0 miles to Holua cabin and the third day is back out of the crater on a  switchback trail of around 4 miles.  You start at the summit (10,000 feet) and hike down to the floor of the crater which is around 7,200 - 7,500 feet.  Excellent team building exercise.


Jan 01, 2007 05:08 AM