Happy Birthday to MEME

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I still feel pretty new to Active Rain and in the beginning, thought of myself as just a "lurker," looking to find good information. I must admit that I have made some friends and might actually enjoy this whole blogging thing.

I normally enjoy reading posts from my friend, Elizabeth Nieves. Recently, Elizabeth wrote something titled, "Why Meme, God" and it was another thoughtful, well written post that I was enjoying.. That was until my chin nearly hit my desk as I saw MY name mentioned at the end where she wrote.. "Bring on the meme, Nick!!"

OK.. So I hope I don't bore you to death, but here it goes..

 1. I have the most amazing wife in the world! Lori and I were married in March of 2003. I was a bachelor (and work-aholic) for a really long time and wasn't sure if I would ever find the "perfect" woman. Luckily, and by the grace of God, I hit the jackpot! One of the stories I like to tell is that Lori was a client of mine before we ever dated. As a FSBO seller of a couple of Du-plex properties, I contacted her through an ad in the paper because I had an investor interested in the area. The sale went well. A few months passed and I got a call from her saying she had a rental property in Mesa that she wanted to sell. She appreciated the fact that I was honest and wanted me to represent HER this time. Another successful sale. No dates, yet. FFWD to two more successful transactions and we end up meeting with friends before one of the 2001 World Series games. I was taking a friend to the game, she was downtown with some of her friends enjoying the festivities when Michelle asked.. "So, why don't you two ever go out?" - To keep from getting too long winded, let's just say.. The rest, is history.

Nick and Lori Wedding

2. Three Beautiful Boys! Wow, talk about a handful. Lori and I had three babies in less than two years! Luke, Cole and Will are about the cutest things you will ever see! Having a three year old and TWO, two year olds is pretty interesting. (to say the least) They are all boys and all action, all the time! Jumping, climbing, running etc is pretty common around our house. Lori does an amazing job with them as a stay at home mom. As a very successful business woman in her "previous career," she has made one of the most amazing transformations into motherhood and it is something that brings great joy to our family.

Lori and the boys

3. Feed me!- I really like to eat.. ALL kinds of food.. which is strange that the amazing, above mentioned wife is kind of a picky eater. I enjoy everything from a "dive" to a nice Sunday brunch ( I think my fave is at the Hotel Del where Lori and I went for my b-day a couple years ago) - In my newsletter that we put out, I have a "Nick's Pick's" section where we feature all types of our favorite places. The pic below was a fun little spot in Boston named "Salty Dog.". When I was a kid, I had a dog named "Salty" so we "had" to try this place! :-)

Salty Dog in Boston

4. Do Unto Others! Each year, I enjoy several opportunities to help others in our community. Our annual "Turkey Drive" is a blast. My good friend Rob Sell has been really helpful the past few years helping me deliver literally thousands of pounds of turkey to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. The other "big one" for us is our "Climb to Conquer Cancer." This one is near and dear to my heart as my mom is a cancer survivor. Recently, it has become even more special to us as we lost Lori's dad last year after a very courageous battle with cancer. The pic below is Luke and I on top of the mountain following last years "climb." :-)

Luke and Dad

5. Getting away is great!- Lori and I like to "get away" every once in a while. I enjoy short get aways (still kind of a work-aholic) and of course, Lori likes the long get aways. We have enjoyed...San Fran, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Vegas (the recent AR party), Mexico, St Lucia etc. but a quick trip to Flagstaffor a short trip to the woods and a campfire is pretty darn cool in my book. ( I love the city but I think there is some "country boy" deep down inside ) I am sending this post from a really cool resort in Carefree,AZ (just North of Scottsdale) where my wife and I "snuck away" for the evening with NO kids! (thanks to loving grandparents for babysitting!)

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As you can tell from the title of this post.. It's my Birthday! So tonight, I have invited some friends to join me at our favorite little pizzeria in Scottsdale for dinner. (yep, time to feed me!) That's it for this Tempe Real Estate agent.. My MEME was more fun than I expected and I hope you enjoyed it. Looking forward to meeting more friends here in the future..

 

 Who to tag next?

How about..

Bill Burress-  Some interesting posts on his blog and the Majority of people like him. :-)

Bob Sommers - I enjoyed his "prospect with a blog" post and hope to follow through with these ideas this year.

Jeff Corbett - We met at the above mentioned AR Party in Las Vegas.. Pretty interesting guy..

 

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Nick Bastian is a Tempe real estate agent specializing in the South East Valley and can be reached at 602-803-6425

Nick also writes a "hyper-local" blog about the communities, events, businesses and homes near light rail in Phoenix, Tempe and in Mesa.
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Rainmaker
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marti garaughty
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a highly caffeinated creative type...

 Hi Nick... welcome to AR, to the marketing group and most of all... Happy Birthday!

 Great meme BTW. I also try to live by the "do unto others" concept, I'm a strong believer in karma.

Jan 13, 2008 04:27 AM #1
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

NICK-  Okay, my friend, you did an AMAZING job with this meme!!! I love it!!! Talk about great advertising for reaching out to FSBOs...you win for originality! I can't wait to meet Lori, and you of course!!! You have a beautiful family. God has blessed you tremendously. I'm so happy for you guys.

And...for your birthday...

Feliz cumpleaños a ti...Feliz cumpleaños a ti...Feliz cumpleaños Nick...

Feliz cumpleaños a ti!!!

Que Dios te bendiga!!!

Jan 13, 2008 11:25 AM #2
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Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe

Hi Marti, thanks so much for the nice response. Look forward to seeing you around.

Elizabeth, Thanks so much! We look forward to meeting you and Diego as well! Have a great day.. Muchas gracias y Dios te Bendiga!

Jan 14, 2008 12:54 AM #3
Rainer
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Robin Willis
Tucson Expert Agents LLC - Tucson, AZ
CDPE, SRES, Designated Broker
Happy Birthday, Nick.  I guess one of the perks of being a single Realtor is that you always have a constant flow of "prospects".  I'm glad things worked out so well for you and your beautiful wife.
Jan 14, 2008 02:44 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe
Robin.. Thanks so much for the b-day wish and for the nice comment. You reminded me of a niche market that is pretty interesting and mentioned in this article.. :-) Not exactly my specialty any more!
Jan 14, 2008 03:48 AM #5
Rainer
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
NICK- GREAT job on the spanish. I'll keep teaching ya... :-) I hope you guys had a wonderful time. Truly...Diego and I need to get away for a little meme time!
Jan 14, 2008 04:55 AM #6
Rainer
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
NICK-  Just read your response to Robin. Don't worry...I bet there are plenty of single agents who will be happy to take care of that niche. ;-)
Jan 14, 2008 04:56 AM #7
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Gary Miljour
American Financial Network, Inc. NMLS#207208 - Southern Pines, NC
Mortgage Originator NMLS Licensed in AZ and NC

Nick,

Happy Birthday,

PS did you see ASU basketball just got ranked in the top 25. 

Jan 14, 2008 03:08 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe

Gary.. Thanks for the b-day wish.. Check out one of my presents.. The bean bag game will make for some fun tailgating! Go Devils!

ASU tailgating! bean bag game

Jan 15, 2008 02:54 AM #9
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Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT
Happy late Birthday Nick!  This is a fantastic MeMe and being that Elizabeth is one of my dearest friends I can see why she tagged you. The only thing is, you should disclose in your MeMe that tissues may be needed.  Your stories of of your family are so felt from the heart and being a mom myself (and of twin boys) I can completely understand your wifes responsibilities. You are both a lovely couple and a darling family and just from your words here it's clear that you take care of each other with a whole lot of love. I look forward to reading more of your blog. Have a fabulous week and many blessings to you and your family. 
Jan 28, 2008 06:18 AM #10
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Nick Bastian
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wow.. Julie, thanks so much for your kind words. I appreciate that very much!
Jan 28, 2008 06:24 AM #11
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