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 (104)

MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

I didn't have a fish story (amazingly enough) but I did try to answer the Truth or Dare 20 Questions.  Fun August challenge!

Aug 30, 2022 08:42 AM
Ray Henson

I love how you weaved the goat into your questions.  Thank you for joining in on this month's challenge.

Aug 30, 2022 09:09 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Here is my big story, truth in reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction.

and answers to the questions

Aug 30, 2022 11:49 AM
Ray Henson

Thank you for joining in on this month's challenge.  I enjoyed both of your entries, especially the story about the one that got away.

Aug 30, 2022 09:29 PM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Here is my reset blog to get back to blogging!  August Challenge Truth or Dare! 

Aug 30, 2022 01:06 PM
Ray Henson

Thank you for joining in on this month's fun.  That pasta dish of yours looks phenomenal.  

Aug 30, 2022 09:37 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Here's my submission for the 21 Questions Challenge.

Aug 30, 2022 05:27 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Here's my Fish Tale submission for the August Challenge.

Aug 30, 2022 05:34 PM
Ray Henson

I really enjoyed reading your two entries.  Thank you for taking the time and effort to write them.  I do love the Fabulous 40's.  I had always hoped to help a client purchase a home in the neighborhood, but I am moving to AZ so the chances are remote. 

Aug 30, 2022 09:54 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I decided to add a fish story too. HERE IT IS

Aug 30, 2022 07:14 PM
Ray Henson

Thank you, Bob "RealMan" Timm.  I loved reading about that magical lake where the fish practically jumped into your boat.  😉 

Aug 30, 2022 10:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well Ray I would have felt bad if I did not write this second post the truly Fish Story

Aug 30, 2022 11:36 PM
Ray Henson

A wonderful fish story from another country.  Thank you for sharing it with us and for both of your entries this month.

Aug 31, 2022 08:22 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ray and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - here is my second half of the contest


Aug 31, 2022 03:15 AM
Ray Henson

Thank you for joining in with two entries for this month's challenge.  I enjoyed reading both of them.

Aug 31, 2022 08:28 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY


You published a new blog post: Truth or Dare


Aug 31, 2022 07:42 AM
Ray Henson

Thank you for participating in this month's challenge.  It was fun reading your post.

Aug 31, 2022 08:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ray Henson - Just under the wire!

Here are my two entries Below:

21 Questions "Truth or Dare" and

Summer of 1980 - 40 Minutes of Panic, Fright, and Alarm!

Aug 31, 2022 10:17 AM
Ray Henson

Thank you for both of your entries.  I enjoyed reading both of them.  I can't imagine being stranded in the middle of a lake with a three year old.  Wow!

Aug 31, 2022 08:25 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I answered a lot of questions and reminisced a lot with this challenge.


August Challenge: Fish Tales

August Challenge: Can you Handle the Truth

Aug 31, 2022 04:42 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Those are two great entries, Ed Silva.  I think my fishing days would be behind me too if I had been out on your boat.   Thank you for your entries and participating in this month's challenge. 

Aug 31, 2022 08:36 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

FINALLY, I was able to get my graphics together, Ray & Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400! In, just under the wire! Here is my entry.

Thank you both again, for hosting this month's challenge - what a wonderful challenge you hosted!

Happy Wednesday!

Aug 31, 2022 10:40 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oops I forgot to add my entry here. So here it is!

Sep 02, 2022 04:30 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Sorry - didn't see this til just now! 

Sep 02, 2022 11:30 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for your wonderful entries, Debe Maxwell, CRS and Kat Palmiotti.  You two ended the month with a bang!  

There is always next month, Susan Emo and I will look forward to seeing your next entry!

Sep 04, 2022 08:59 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Ray & Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, thank you both so very much for hosting last month's challenge. What great entries - I've enjoyed the truths and the fish stories alike! What a great way to get to know one another.

The points have been issued so, if any issues arise, please reach out to me and I'll take care of it.

Thank you both again!

Sep 11, 2022 09:00 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

After hosting this challenge with Margaret, I am beginning to realize how much you do for us at ActiveRain, Debe Maxwell, CRS.  I sure appreciate all of the hared work and thank you! ! !

Sep 12, 2022 05:38 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Debe Maxwell, CRS, And I agree 100% with Ray Henson 

Sep 12, 2022 08:23 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and go back a few weeks to say


Oct 24, 2022 09:13 AM