October Let's Get Personal Challenge
Brian England has challenged ActiveRain bloggers to post a blog about their personal life and then answer any questions posed by members.
I was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and my home community was Cradock, one of America's first planned communities. Our first home was a duplex and my parents kept that property for their lifetimes after we moved to a new home, also a duplex, that they built before the birth of my younger brother. I attended public schools and my twin sisters were born when I was a senior at Cradock High School.
During high school, I was active with photography and had a dark room in one of commercial rental properties owned by my parents. One of my active interests was competitive indoor and outdoor rifle shooting and I had the opportunity to travel to many rifle matches in the United States and Canada. I became a Certified Rifle and Pistol Instructor at a young age. There were always guns in the family when I was young because my father was a police officer and we had a farm where rifle practice was a normal activity.
I was accepted as a student at the University of Virginia and received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in finance in three years by going to summer school for two sessions. During my college years, I was active in the photography club and was a member of the UVA rifle team. I am a life member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity. I had the opportunity to live in a room on the Lawn, part of the original structures designed by Thomas Jefferson.
I attended the School of Law at University of Virginia. During my third year of law school, I obtained my Virginia Real Estate Broker license, my multiple line insurance licenses and passed the bar exam to become a member of the Virginia State Bar.
During the summer after I received by law degree, I opened my first real estate and insurance office in my hometown in a commercial space owned my my parents who at that point owned a number of rental properties.
Since I have already exceeded the 300 words required for this challenge, I will save the rest of my story for another time.
Dahlias, American Dahlia Society Show, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 5472
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs