The Captcha Test

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

I have been in a real quandary this last month, trying to figure out how to best meet Jim Cheney's Captcha test challenge and prove I'm human.


Rubber Duckies!

I thought about writing about my rubber ducky collection, but that's maybe just weird rather than human.


 Bad Craziness

And my fondness for the art of Ralph Steadman, whose illustrations and prints I collect? Probably not going to help make my case much.


Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Nor is my enthusiasm for my spiritual guru, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, whose voice - like throwing gasoline on a fire - is sadly missed in these troubled times, at least by me.


You already know about the animals and the cooking. But I've never shared my love for music here, so that's what I'm going with. Maybe it will work.


When I was a wee child of 10, my mother decided that I needed to take piano lessons, so she bought a piano and signed me up. I was excited and wanted to learn boogie-woogie, honky-tonk and blues, but she hired a piano teacher who gave me Bartok! That didn't last long - I hated the music, refused to practice, never learned anything and quit within a month.


But when I was in high school, I traded something for a guitar and started playing - mostly folk music. I still couldn't read music, but I could make the right chords and pick pretty well. When I was 16, a friend of mine and I began singing folk music at a coffee shop - kind of Kingston Trio type stuff, and we were not great. But it was fun and I hung onto that guitar for many years, making a nuisance of myself at campfires and other odd gatherings.


I did learn a lot about music once I discovered J.S. Bach, whom I fell in love with along with most of the other Baroque composers. I bought albums and tapes and spent years listening to some of the most glorious and moving music ever written.


Bourree in E MinorAnd then, at 35 years old, I decided to take guitar lessons - real ones with music reading and all of that. What drove me was a desire to learn someday to play Bach on my guitar. Unbeknownst to my teacher, I found a sheet of music - Bach's Bourrée in E Minor for Lute - and secretly began to practice it. As my skills and reading became better, I started to get the hang of this lovely piece, and eventually performed it at a recital. Don't get too excited about that - there were a dozen little kids and 38 year old me - but at least I didn't embarrass myself, although I was nervous as hell.


The Bourrée is the pinnacle of my music achievement. One of the gifts that my love of music gave me was an appreciation of true musical talent, something that I never had. I learned the Bourrée from grinding out hard practice and felt great about the accomplishment. But I was also exposed to people who would hear music in their heads and magically have it come out of their fingertips or lips, and they existed in a different universe than what my slogging and determined approach allowed. I'm always in awe of that talent, and if I had one wish, that might very well be it.


But I still will always have that Bourrée, and my love of the works of J.S.Bach.


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Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Well, I'm impressed. I am of the group of humans that has absolutely no musical talent.  But I do know how to appreciate it.

Aug 29, 2017 12:35 PM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I thought I was the only one with a rubber ducky collection, and then I see that picture of your's.  I had mine for a few years.  It emanated from a fun activity at a company I worked at.  I did part with it eventually.  Somehow, I've missed it ever since!

Aug 29, 2017 12:44 PM #10
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Very impressive Dick! You certainly are more human than many, a great one too.

Aug 29, 2017 12:52 PM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

This is definitely the real Dick Greenberg - and you are wonderfully human, that much I know for certain. You are also wonderfully interesting and curious, not a programmed bot at all.  Thanks for sharing your appreciation ( and history ) of music.

Plus, I love Bach. D 

Aug 29, 2017 01:16 PM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ah! Bach!!! I've always loved him too. You are a man of many talents! I enjoyed reading more great things about you and your many talents, hopes and dreams. 


Aug 29, 2017 01:48 PM #13
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Great post, Dick.  As I inch closer to 35, I think I may need to learn to read music at some point too, especially as my guitar playing ventures into piano as well.

Aug 29, 2017 02:39 PM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love what you have shared with us.  I knew you loved music of all kinds, and our first consulting job was with a company called, "The Rubber Duckie"  I will listen to that Bach piece with our dinner this evening.  A

Aug 29, 2017 04:03 PM #15
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dick I admire those whose have a musical talent, even if it is a minor one.  I can't read music, and I certainly cannot carrier a note :)

Aug 29, 2017 04:35 PM #16
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Is that you playing Dick????

Also, the first part of your post had me laughing out loud.  Love it. :-)


Aug 29, 2017 04:50 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dick loved this post... on a side note we both share quiet a few things in common, my Piano Days were very similar to yours...I just dreamed about the guitar but never followed through unlike you did..... now one of my favorite JS Bach is

Aug 29, 2017 05:01 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

My goodness, Dick, I learned more new things about you and what a combination of layers you have. Rubber duckies, band member, and Bach lover! I had over 10 years of piano lessons and theory and can't really play that well. My brother, on the other hand, had maybe 5 guitar lessons and has his own band and plays in another. 

You realize don't you that you will soon receive an onslaught of rubber duckies. 

Aug 30, 2017 09:06 AM #19
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I wanted so badly to learn the piano as a kid.   Simply was not in the cards.  I had expensive taste.

Aug 30, 2017 11:53 AM #20
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Dick, this is a great post, I think you passed the Captcha test with flying colors.  I too, took piano lessons for many years, and my teacher only gave us classical pieces - such a bummer for a kid who just wants to play rock-n-roll!

Aug 30, 2017 03:53 PM #21
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I loved learning a bit more about you, Dick and love that we share a passion for Bach!

My mother was a pianist and could play by ear and I always wanted to show her talent off to my friends - she was amazing! They would ask her to 'Play something, Mrs. Thompson' and she would ask what they wanted her to play...and then play it! I loved her classical renditions but, my favorite tune that she played was 'The Entertainer' - it was just so powerful to me.

However, I didn't get a lick of musical talent from her or every other relative of mine (including my own boys)! You're so lucky to have that talent and share it with others, Dick! 

Aug 30, 2017 08:04 PM #22
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Dick, Yes, you are very human!  I loved the way you approached this post with humor and pathos!  I can imagine the feeling of performing along with a dozen little kids at the age of 35.  Now that takes courage!  

Aug 31, 2017 07:00 AM #23
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I used to have a gentleman who wored for me, he played it all every day at his desk. After a while, i found it soothing without even knowing. Have a good Thursday Dick Greenberg 

Aug 31, 2017 09:51 AM #24
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dick

I really enjoyed learning quite a bit more about that human side of you...pretty darn interesting. Too bad you don't have a video of that recital, but I imagine the event is etched in your brain forever!! Quite an accomplishment! I have limited musical talent, and what I had as a kid has fallen by the wayside. But I really appreciate many forms of music and performances.


Aug 31, 2017 12:59 PM #25
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I'm still trying to bend my mind around that Mr. T rubber ducky, Dick Greenberg ... and him sitting next to you while strumming Bach, of course!

You're a human I enjoy knowing ...


Aug 31, 2017 01:09 PM #26
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I wish I had taken music and voice lessons. The timing wasn't right but I can enjoy seeing my musically talented son excel and get to do it for a living.

Aug 31, 2017 05:52 PM #27
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Trully wonderful blog post. Like you, I played guitar. With very little if any talent. I guess so many of us did it. And yes, I would love to be part of this music magic, when what you hear in your head flows into your fingers...

Sep 02, 2017 08:05 PM #28
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