MeMeMe- Am I warming up to sing, or is it that, as it should be, it's all about me.

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Real Estate Agent with Five Star Real Estate

Both My Lovely Wife and Terry Westbrook tagged me for a MEME.  I think that I'll handle both of those tags with one post. Hopefully that will be acceptable to those who rein in MEMEville.Hole in One

1. Unlike my good friend, TW, I no longer play golf.  I played BADLY for many years, and finally realized that for me, golf was an expensive way to add frustration to my life. So I quit.  I've never enjoyed golf more, than since I quit playing it.  However, according to the law that states that occasionally a blind squirrel will find a nut, on TWO (COUNT 'EM) TWO separate occasions I hit perfect shots that resulted in TWO Holes-in One(or should it be Hole-in-Ones).  The first, using my then brother-in-law's new clubs (boy was he p**ssed), was a 217 yard shot over a pond. (it was the first time I'd ever made it over the pond), the 2nd was at a golf league, a 165 yard shot.

2. For me, there is nothing that takes away the stress of daily life the way a beautiful piece of music does.  An operatic aria, Mozart's Requiem (which I was able to see in Vienna this summer), some amazing Rachmaninoff piano or some good jazz erases all the stress of the day. I live performance is preferred, but great recordings turned up loud are sufficient.

 Timna Gray Parrot on Eric Webster's Active Rain Blog

3.  I am ruled by my bird, Izzy.  He's a Timna Gray Parrot who's been my boss for 19-years.  If Izzy's not happy, I'm highly likely to be nursing a bird bite on my arm.  He's pretty entertaining though.  Talks, whistles, does me making a phone call  "Hello, un huh, uh huh, thanks for calling".   One time before he hung up, he told whomever he was talking to that he loved them.  Karen was curious where that came from.. the lying bird!

 

 

4. I'm very big on traditions.  Kirstin and I have had an annual date for The Nutcracker since she was a very little girl.  As she grew up, the dinners we enjoyed before became nicer and more elegant (see item #5 below).  The last 2-years, I've not been able to bring myself to go without her while she's living in Romania in the Peace Corps. She and I have also become Rentheads attending live performances when they are within easy driving distance.  We also sing along to the soundtrack on road trips.  It's not a pretty sight (or sound) Jared and I have made an annual pilgrimage to Ravinia to see the Chicago Symphony for the last 10-years.  It's my hope to honor these traditions with them, and (someday) their kids too!

 

5. Karen says that I've never forgotten a wonderful meal that I've been served- and we've been together for 30-years.  There's something about well prepared food, served in an appropriate environment that causes me great joy.  Doesn't have to be fancy, just has to be true to what it is trying to be.  I do remember fondly many amazing meals in some wonderful places.  I'm a very lucky man.

Golf photo by charliebomber on Flickr.com

There you go. Nothing earth shaking here, but 5-things that I suspect only Karen knew about me before now.

I'm going to tap:

Steve Michael- A good friend and someone new to AR.

Steve Yared - My favorite GR Home Inspector

Eric Kodner- Because he's got a great first name, and I've enjoyed reading his posts.

to MEME about themselves.

 

So, when you  finish your Meme post assignments, leave a comment on Lucky Lang's MeMe Tutorial Post with

the link and choose 3 people you would like to MEME.

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Rainmaker
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Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate
I just love your MeMeMe!  It's a wonderful way to see behind the photo.  Not sure that I understand the extra ME in it!   Does the extra ME, mean you've done this before? 
Dec 30, 2007 04:16 AM #1
Rainer
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

Hi Natalie: Thanks. 

The extra ME is because of the popular demand (my wife and TW) for me to do a MEME.  I feared that MEMEMEME may be to egotistical. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Dec 30, 2007 04:33 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate

So you killed two birds with 1 stone!  I was tagged for a second one, not long after my first.  However, I won't use the MeMeMeMe, either!  Cute idea, though.

Dec 30, 2007 04:47 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
Two holes in one and not a golfer. You know you could be shot at dawn in some circles for that! An excellent post, Eric, thanks for the glimpse into your world.
Dec 30, 2007 04:55 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Great meme.  Love the bird.  They have such attitudes in such little bodies, don't they!

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Dec 30, 2007 04:59 AM #5
Rainer
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

Bonnie:  I'm pretty careful where I mention those aces!  I've had some really good, really serious golfers who seemed less than pleased with my good fortune..

Chris:  Amazing intelligence.  So I now consider "bird brain" to be a compliment.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Dec 30, 2007 06:23 AM #6
Rainer
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Jan Wood
None - Gallatin, TN
Eric:  The music of Mozart along with the Nutcracker tradition plus 2 holes in one... you are one lucky fellow.  Great post... love the bird.  Happy New Year.
Dec 30, 2007 11:45 AM #8
Rainer
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

 Jan:  Indeed I am. Thanks for noticing!  Happy New Year to you too!

Dec 30, 2007 12:09 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
It's good to let others in on your life. Looking behind the curtain that we have up most of the time is very interesting. See you soon.
Dec 31, 2007 05:18 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Lucky Lang
Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate

Eric,

You did an AWESOME job on your meme, your link on my alphabetical meme list post in the comment section, and tagging!  WAY TO GO!!!

You are now up and running!

BTW, I'm still listening to Mozart's Requiem in the background!

Thanks!  Have a GREAT 2008!

Dec 31, 2007 10:10 AM #11
Rainer
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

Terry:  Thanks. Happy New Year!


Lucky: 
Thanks. It's a very cool idea, and fun exercise.  Have a great New Year!

Dec 31, 2007 02:18 PM #12
Rainer
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Matthew Rosov
Amerisave Mortgage Corporation - Laurel, MD
Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist
Thanks for sharing.  I had to go back and check the adjective used to describe Mozart's Requiem.  It's more fitting the second time with beautiful (originally thought you said relaxing :-)
Jan 03, 2008 11:54 PM #13
Rainer
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

Matthew:  Thanks for stopping by.  I guess parts of the Requiem are relaxing, but others are pretty intense, but all of it is beautiful.  I'm not sure why, but I'm drawn the Requiems.  I also love the Verdi.  Jared and I saw Chicago Symphony perform the Verdi a few years ago, and it was AMAZING!

Jan 04, 2008 12:44 AM #14
Rainer
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Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!
Nice MEME Eric! A Hole In One TWICE!! and you don't golf anymore!! I guess you quit while you were ahead! I have to keep golfing until I get my first hole in one, anyway!
Jan 06, 2008 11:30 PM #15
Rainer
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

Mary,

Good luck with that.  For me, golf was paying premium dollars to ADD frustration to my life.  Not a great plan.

Have  a great '08.

Jan 13, 2008 01:52 PM #16
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