Truth or Dare, Fish Stories and Our August Challenge

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

     My dad tells a Hemingwayesque story.  On a fishing trip near the end of the day, the captain asked my dad if he would like to troll for marlin on the way back to port.  The answer was a resounding yes and he hooked into a huge one right away.  My dad asked the captain for his fish fighting belt or chair.  The captain chuckled and said he did not have one.  The captain pulled out a huge knife, slammed it into the gunwale (upper wood edge of the boat) and told my dad that if he felt himself going over the edge that he should drop his pole and grab the knife.

      This was a world class fish so other boats were drawn in to watch the epic battle unfold.   My dad fought this monster for the next several hours while the captain poured ice water down his back.  My dad brought the fish next to the boat, touched the leader (counting as a catch) and cut the beast loose.

     You might ask, where are the pictures?  His lovely wife, Janet (my stepmom), was way too seasick to take any pictures.  She was miserable.  My dad says that every story can be told just a little better, but this story has never changed over the years.  It must be true!

Fish Stories

      I loved our May 21-question challenge and wanted to revisit it, but thought I should add a wrinkle to it so let’s play Truth or Dare.  In this version, you can choose to answer all the following questions truthfully or I dare you to tell your best fish story.  Remember, a good “fish story” can be about any subject.  The story should just be of a memorable, over the top experience.  It should be truthful, but let’s also remember that fish stories can always be told just a little bit better.  Have fun with the story!

In this month's challenge, answer all the following questions truthfully, tell a great story or live on the wild side and do both.


     Answer all of the questions and add at least two pictures for 1,000 points.  Or tell us your best fish story with 500 words or less and add at least one picture for 500 points.  I triple dog dare you to do both posts for 1,500 points.  All entries need to be in by August 31st before 12:00 pm PST.  Make sure to add links to your entries in the comments below.

     Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 and I are co-hosting this month's challenge and are excited to host our version of Truth or Dare!


     1.  We all go on vacation to get away from it all and have a great time, but I want to know, what vacation day was your worst?

     2.  What would be your bucket list vacation or, if you have already taken it, tell us about it?  Pictures encouraged.

     3.  If your ActiveRain friends were to visit you, would you prepare dinner for them or would you take them to the best pizza joint in town?  What would you make or where would you go?

     4.  We all know that Canadian bacon and pineapple are the best toppings for any pizza.  If you can’t have those toppings on your pizza, what would you choose? 

     5.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

     6.  What is your beverage of choice with dinner; beer, wine, iced tea, a cocktail, or …..? 

     7.  Do you prefer going to a concert, the theater, or a big sporting event?  Who or what would you be watching?

     8.  There are so many great festivals across the country.  Is there a special one in your area? Pictures are encouraged.

     9.  What is your greatest sporting accomplishment, hitting a hole in one, bowling a perfect game, hitting the game winning shot, etc.?  If you do not enjoy athletics, what is your greatest accomplishment?

     10.  Are you a pet person?  If so, names and pictures are a must!

     11.  What is your favorite thing to collect, or do you prefer to keep things simple and clutter free? Or what is your decorating style?

     12.  What job did you have just prior to making the switch to real estate and has it helped you in your real estate career?  (Courtesy of Jeff Dowler, CRS)

     13.  When you are writing on ActiveRain, who is your audience and why did you choose them for your audience? (Courtesy of Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400)

     14.  What makes you the real estate agent of choice in your area?

     15.  What is the most outrageous action that a client has ever asked you to perform?

     16.  We show a lot of homes in our profession.  What is the most interesting home or, item in a home, that you have encountered?

     17.  What are your three favorite neighborhoods in your area and what makes them special?  Are you lucky enough to live in one of those neighborhoods?

     18.  We all love client testimonials, but is there one that really made you feel special?  We would love to see it.

     19.  What is your favorite volunteer work or charity?

     20.  What does the flag represent to you?

     21.  When we discuss life, my dad always says he is not sure what he would like to be when he grows up.  He is 77!  What do you want to be when you grow up or are you already in your perfect profession?

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             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

Past Client Testimonials   

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758




Comments (59)

Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Ray,

That is quite the story! I bet it is true too. Did the fish find it as fun as your dad?

Aug 02, 2022 08:37 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good Morning, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®.  It was fun and interesting to read Nina's answers.  I had a lot of help with the questions with Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Jeff Dowler, CRS and Mary Margaret.  I also wanted to give everyone a chance to write about their work life and their non-work life.  Hope to see your entry this month.

Hi Dorte Engel.  The fish did not find it as fun.  The captain told my dad that he had to end the fight soon if he did not want to kill the fish.  My dad did not want to kill it or keep it so, I do not know how they do it, but they did end the fight quickly after the captains warning.  

Aug 03, 2022 05:22 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

This will be a fun challenge and I have already appreciated some of the early posts

Aug 03, 2022 11:06 AM
Ray Henson

You are correct, Ed Silva, we are only 3 days into the challenge and we have already had some great entries.  I will be looking forward to yours too. 

Aug 03, 2022 11:14 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have read some great entries from others, here are my two entries:

😀Lost in the Mall

😀Truth in the Rain - Brian England

Aug 04, 2022 04:39 AM
Ray Henson

Well done, Brian England!  It is only the 4th and you have written two great challenge posts.  I wish I had the authority to assign you an extra credit post.  I did not know you were such an athlete and I need more details. 😉

Aug 04, 2022 07:31 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ray Henson and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - I completed the challenge. Thank you for the time you are investing in getting all of us to know a little bit more about each other. You're the best!

Truth or Dare Fish Stories...

Smelt Fishing August Challenge

Aug 04, 2022 08:24 AM
Ray Henson

Both great entries.  Thank you, Mrs. Running Rabbit!  I have to agree, there is a lot of exhilaration completing a running event, especially one with team members. 

Aug 04, 2022 08:56 AM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Great post!

Aug 04, 2022 12:10 PM
Ray Henson

Thank you very much, Ricardo Mello.  I hope you have the time to participate.

Aug 04, 2022 10:45 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Here is my first entry:

Truth or Dare

I'll let you guess on whether I am truthful or telling lies, Ray Henson and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 .

Aug 04, 2022 12:58 PM
Ray Henson

Well done!  I loved your take on Truth or Dare and Fish Stories.  It was very creative.

Aug 04, 2022 11:01 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Here's my Fish Story. It was fun writing this one, for sure!!

Thank you so much, Ray, for this fun Challenge! 

Aug 05, 2022 05:12 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I like the direction you took the fish story, Aura Alex.  I think that is the fun part of our challenges.  Everyone has their own angle.  A fish story using salmon as the main characters was quite creative. 

Aug 06, 2022 07:11 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great story. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 09, 2022 08:30 AM
Ray Henson

Thank you, Ginger Harper.  I hope you are thinking of participating in one or both of our August Challenges. 

Aug 09, 2022 12:01 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Another FUN challenge, thanks Ray Henson and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 for hosting!

Here is the 1st one: August AR Challenge Part 1: Truth or Dare

Aug 11, 2022 08:08 AM
Ray Henson

Thank you for joining in on the fun.  Thank goodness you were not at the Dip 'n Dots location any earlier and I am sorry that you lost your beautiful kitty.

Aug 11, 2022 08:36 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

Here is the 2nd one: August AR Challenge Part 2: Bait Your Own Hook!

Thanks going to you both for hosting, Ray Henson and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400. Much appreciated!

Aug 13, 2022 09:19 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo
Aug 12, 2022 12:42 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Well done, Tony Lewis.  I enjoyed reading and learning about you.  One day I hope we can sit across from each other at Chi Chi's.  It sounds like a great place!

Aug 12, 2022 04:05 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ray Henson and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - Below is my revised true Fish Story with 499 words and the original Truth or Dare Fish Stories (Q&A). For the revised post, it is for Members only. I did not allow anyone to comment to think I was cheating or trying to get more points. 

Truth or Dare Fish Stories

Revised Fish Story for Ray Henson 500 words or less. 

Aug 12, 2022 09:10 PM
Ray Henson

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.  I think I am not doing well with this challenge.  You did not have to redo your posts.  They were great and you followed the rules at the time.  I really need to be more clear.  My main goal is to get as many AR members to participate as possible.

Aug 13, 2022 08:34 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

What is good for the goose is good for the gander so this is my first entry into this month's challenge.  Our August Challenge, Truth! ! !

Aug 13, 2022 08:37 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Ray Henson ,

I have both my entries posted!

My Fish Story

My Questions Answered 

Aug 13, 2022 03:04 PM
Ray Henson

Both fantastic entries.  We loved Austin when we visited it a few years ago.  It would have been fun to meet for your favorite pizza.  I am intrigued.  I have never seen a pizza with squash blossoms on it.  I bet it is good.  My dad makes fried stuffed squash blossoms and we sure enjoy them.  Thank you for participating!

Aug 13, 2022 09:41 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Holy Smokes this was a LOT of Fun Ray Henson and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 !!  Sorry it's so long.....but you asked!!! And I answered and then some 🤣

Questions! Questions! Questions!

Aug 13, 2022 04:35 PM
Ray Henson

Well done, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker and thank you for joining in on the fun.  When do we get to visit that incredible home in Mexico!  MM and I can be packed and ready to go quickly. 🤣

Aug 13, 2022 10:01 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Here's mine

It's been fun hosting with you, Ray Henson

Aug 13, 2022 08:14 PM
Ray Henson

Well done!  I love how you weaved your past posts perfectly into this one.  It has been fun and thank you!

Aug 13, 2022 10:28 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Phew! It's been a long time since I penned that many words in one blog. Thanks Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 and Ray Henson for putting on this challenge and inspiring participation (here I am, 5000 miles away as the crow flies and making sure, I get this done and published) 😀

August Challenge: Truth in the Rain. 

Aug 14, 2022 07:22 AM
Ray Henson

Thank you for adding to the fun this month and it was a pleasure to meet your chief barketing officer! It was fun to learn a little more about you.

Aug 14, 2022 07:50 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate


First Entry: Choosing Truth | August 2022 Challenge 

Second Entry: A Fish Story| Dog Fishing | Catfishing | Fish Catching Humans

Thank you Ray and Margaret for hosting this fun August Challenge! 



Aug 14, 2022 05:22 PM
Ray Henson

Thank you for both of your excellent posts.  I really do need to find that rocky road and sherbet combo.  It does sound delicious!

Aug 15, 2022 12:38 PM