Truth or Dare August 2022 Challenge

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

I'll let you guess if I am being truthful or pulling a fish story with my responses. Hint - I am consistent with my answers.

     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?

When I was 19 my boyfriend (became my husband) and I traveled in Europe for two months in the summer. We decided to take the train north as far as it would go through Sweden into Narvik, Norway. After an afternoon in Narvik, we went to the train station to return to Uppsala Sweden where we were staying - but we misread the schedule and had to leave the train in Kiruna Sweden - which is a coal mining town. There was nothing there outside of some apartment buildings and no train until 5 am the next morning (they wouldn't let us stay in the station). We were above the Arctic Circle and although summer, it was cold when the sun went down.  We spent the night in a phone booth trying to keep warm.  A miserable night.

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

Still waiting to go to Pompeii.  A trip there has been on my bucket list since I first heard about it as a child. I love archeology and digging around in museums along with hiking and seeing nature at its most beautiful.

     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?

I would make pizza at home.  After our long Saturday hikes, my husband makes homemade pizza and whether or not there is meat on that pizza is based on how hard our hike was.  He makes amazing pizza.

     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? 

I beg to differ on Canadian bacon and pineapple.  I much prefer pesto sauce, goat cheese, fried onions, a little bacon and arugula (the arugula is added after the pizza is out of the oven). 

     5.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

I don't eat much ice cream anymore, but who can say no to double chocolate?

     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?

I love the theater and used to have annual subscriptions to Broadway in Portland when these great shows would come to town. This disappeared with Covid - and the crime now in downtown Portland; the theater is really close to the crime centers.

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

My brokerage (I own it) was the title sponsor for Bite of Bend for two years before Covid shut it down. It was an amazing event with an Iron Chef competition, mixology contests, many food vendors serving "bites", the beer run, concerts and over 25,000 attendees each weekend. I miss the event!

Bite of Bend

Bite of Bend   

  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?

I married my high school sweetheart.  At a high school date with him, we played miniature golf with the last hole a tall pyramid with the hole at the top - an almost impossible shot.  I asked him what he would give me if I made the hole in one. He said "anything you want." Although I was not a good golfer, I made that impossible shot and got what I wanted - a lifetime with him.

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

I love cats and grew up with them.  Unfortunately, my husband is allergic and we do not have pets.  However, my daughter and son have more than made up for their lack with my daughter having 4 dogs and a cat and my son 3 dogs. My daugher loves big dogs - here are her two great danes and the puppy which is a dane/English mastiff mix.

     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?

I use to collect books as I have been an avid reader.  Now I have no time for that, expect when I travel. I really miss it!

     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)

I was raising my three children, teaching fitness classes, and assisting my husband in his general contracting.  The last definitely helped me with my real estate in that I have an expertise with new construction and understand what is required within our state to legally build.

     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)

I write to share blogs I post on our company website. I try to draw more traffic to our site and have the #1 SEO position for Bend Oregon Real Estate market trends - over everyone else.  My hiking blogs are also highly seen and they draw traffic to our website as well.

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

I am not the real estate agent of choice as I am the managing Principal Broker of my brokerage and I don't compete.  However, my brokerage is the very best with highly skilled professionals with years of experience who I truly enjoy working with.

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

Our clients know better than to ask us to do anything unethical. 

     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?

One of our female agents got a listing of a home owned by a man with a huge number of guns. His strange actions made her extremely uncomfortable and she turned the listing over to a  male colleague. He was successful in closing the transaction, but always watched the client carefully when in his presence.  The neighbors were all thrilled when the home finally closed and the client moved.

     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?

Awbrey Butte, Broken Top, Downtown Bend. Awbrey Butte, mostly developed in the 1990's, commands fabulous Cascade views. The drawback is the trip up and down the butte in winter can be dangerous and difficult with icy streets. Broken Top, a golf community, was where my husband focused much of his building career and I am touched to think about his homes existing long after he is gone. Downtown Bend has history with old mill cottages (command a lot of money now) and historic estates previously owned by mill owners are the oldest housing in Bend and I enjoy their craftsman look.  I personally live away from these communities and do enjoy the separation from work.

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

I have been a broker for the past 5 years, and worked in several real estate offices.  The environment at Bend Premier is The Best.  Our principal broker Lynnea Miller, and the administration staff are so employee and customer service focus it truly is a joy to work here.  We share best practices, there is always an open door policy, and you genuinely feel what you do is important, and you are valued!  I am very thankful and grateful to be part of the "Bend Premier" real estate team!  First class, client focused, with a true spirit of excellence!  -Jacque Martini Roberts

     19.  What is your favorite volunteer work or charity?

I give to my church and the Salvation Army.  One of our brokers just started a charity and I am anxious to see how that progresses.

     20.  What does the flag represent to you?

Freedom and opportunity. No wonder thousands of people legally and illegally come here every year. 

     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?

I am long grown up and am doing the profession I am meant to do. I enjoy my job and do it well.

Comments (20)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Lynnea- if the answer to #1 is true..then wow, what a vacation!!! It was fun learning more about you. I feel the same way about going to the theatre in downtown Houston, which we used to do many years ago. 

Aug 04, 2022 06:08 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Lynnea Miller - You are a well-rounded woman with a wonderful man and you in charge of your own business as owner - who could ask for anything more! I enjoyed reading all about you with this Q&A. That was very gutsy of you to take that trip when you were just 19. Because of how things turned out, you really got an education and a good idea of who the man was who would become your man for life! It is through adversities and problem solving (like getting warm in a phone booth) that makes us stronger and wiser! 

As for the changes since Covid and the crime, that is still surreal and will take longer to heal for so many people, especially the businesses hard hit. We all lost a lot of freedom, didn't we... I am guessing you will continue to get through anything. 

Your daughter's dogs are adorable! They are so beautiful! We can learn a lot about how we should behave and live through family pets. One has to be fully committed to the job and I already did my fair share of pet owning too. 

I wish you and your husband all the best with his general contracting business and yours too! Your community is lucky to have both of you!


Aug 04, 2022 07:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lynnea we learned a little more about you and some of your answers I totally agree and get, glad you got featured on the daily drop otherwise I would have missed it and you know why, Endre

Aug 04, 2022 10:57 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Great entry and congratulations on the hole in one and getting your lifetime prize. 

We went to the theater in SF a number of years ago.  When we left the hotel, the person at the front desk told us we could walk to the theater, but under no circumstances could we walk back afterwords even though it was just a few blocks.  Of course, my wife blew him off and said we were not wasting money on a cab.  We were dressed very well and I had a fair amount of money on me.  One block into the walk, Mary Margaret said, "Let's get a cab!"  It is sad that some of our cities have turned.  I hope Portland turns around again so you can enjoy the theater.

Thank you for your entry and the great hiking blogs you post.

Aug 04, 2022 10:59 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lynnea. That's quite a story about spending a night in a telephone booth! Of course, these days, it might be hard to find one with everyone having cell phones. I can say no to double chocolate ice cream... while I consider chocolate an important food group, for some reason chocolate ice cream does not inspire me. Your children have acquired quite the menagerie... love the picture. I find it sad that you can no longer feel safe to enjoy theatre in Portland. But I get it... I'm from NY City and no longer travel there for any reason.

Aug 05, 2022 04:46 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Bite of Bend sounds like a really fun event, will it start happening again or did covid kill it?

Aug 05, 2022 04:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I love your comment about your clients knowing better than to ask you to do anything unethical.  

My entire body laced and rolled with goosebumps when I read "...Although I was not a good golfer, I made that impossible shot and got what I wanted - a lifetime with him."  

Aug 05, 2022 08:10 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lynnea, lots of great information about you, but spending the night in a phone booth, fact or fiction?

Aug 05, 2022 08:25 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Kathy Streib and Nina Hollander, Broker and Joan Cox  .  The interesting thing about the phone booth - it was open on the bottom about a foot.  The booth kept the cold arctic wind off our bodies, but our feet got very cold!  It was absolutely fact. I was wearing jeans and a light summer sweater which was not enough for that location when the sun went down. 

Aug 05, 2022 09:01 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist .  I was shocked when I made the shot.  Perhaps a higher being was looking out for me?

Aug 05, 2022 09:03 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Brian England .  Unfortunately it is permanently gone.  I am so disappointed - as are the thousands of people who came annually to the festival.

Aug 05, 2022 09:04 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Ray Henson .  One of our shows which was canceled for Covid got rescheduled and we went to Portland (the first time since Covid hit) to see the show.  I was shocked at the changes in that part of town with boarded windows, tent cities on the sidewalk, and a lot of sketchy looking people.  The immediate area around the theater was okay, but just a block away wasn't.  I have no desire to return.

Aug 05, 2022 09:06 AM
Ray Henson

I have a friend that owns property in downtown Portland.  It has been nothing, but trouble for him.  It is sad and I am sorry you can't enjoy downtown Portland any more, Lynnea Miller.  It is the main reason my wife and I are moving out of CA.  

Aug 05, 2022 10:42 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Endre Barath, Jr.   Thanks for checking in!  This is a fun contest and I am enjoying reading the other blogs.

Aug 05, 2022 09:08 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP .  Thanks for reading my blog.  Yes, I have a great husband and we have been together a very, very long time. And yes, my daughter's dogs are adorable - but I wish I had a grandbaby rather than all those grand-dogs! 

Aug 05, 2022 09:10 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Lynnea Miller, Thanks for sharing such well-thought-out answers to all the questions. If I had to pick just one...this is my favorite:

''Although I was not a good golfer, I made that impossible shot and got what I wanted - a lifetime with him."

My favorite line to My Lee is "I made a wish, and you came true."

Aug 05, 2022 08:57 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Really enjoyed reading more about you and your experiences, especially your vaca!  Would love to see and experience a "Bite of Bend."  What a great event - good for you!  I hope you bring it back.  Love your golfing story. When you know, you know!  

Aug 10, 2022 04:29 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Thanks for checking in, Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ ! This month my husband and I will celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary - but we have been together for 45 years.  How can that be?   I am only 49!

Aug 10, 2022 04:48 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's wonderful Lynnea!  You are blessed indeed!  And you look 29!

Aug 10, 2022 05:05 PM
Lynnea Miller

Thank you!!! 😊

Aug 10, 2022 06:58 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Now how fun is that, you made that hole and got what you wanted.  Quite the love story Lynnea!  Very sweet.  I don't know too many folks that were high school sweethearts and married. And you married 41 years - awesome! 

Aug 14, 2022 03:10 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Your worst vacation day is a crazy one but at least you got cozy with the boyfriend, Lynnea, and congrats on spending a lifetime with someone you love! Hope people will get smarter in how they are voting to bring back the safety and security of Portland's people and other cities at risk because of poor leadership and bad decisions.

Aug 22, 2022 12:10 PM