Danny's MEME!

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Real Estate Agent with DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES

MEMEME

OK,,,where  do I start? Any suggestions from the gallery? No? OK here I go.

I'm originally from New Mexico where my grandparents homesteaded in the mountains of the Lincoln National forest. The ranch was over 3,000 acres. Surveyed that's a lot more surface space because they measure across not with the contour of the land.

Anyway's, My Dad died in Oct. 2003. We were very poor and about all he left me of value was a family album over 100 years old. I never even new it existed as he never showed anyone. To say the least I was taken back by this discovery. In short I took this album and what other things of information I had available and went about finding out about my family. I was able to trace my family back 16 generations to about 1658! I bound all this information into a book with over 200 photographs, ship manifests and diaries from the Indian wars. Now I have something to pass along to my son. Perhaps when I'm gone he will find away to add even more to it.

"Family Tree"

Now I live in Austin Texas and hope I never have to leave. This is home for me now. I've been here since 1990. I came to Austin to work for DELL as a commodity manager. Thru this job I met lots of DELL people, and lots of people on the outside of DELL on a professional level. Then I also met a women who became my best friend and to this day is. She knew everyone else I didn't know. So thru her and my job at DELL I know a lot of people. I can't go anywhere in Austin without knowing someone in the room. From Dellionires, to politicians, to common people.

I'm letting you know I am a par-tier! For years I belonged to two social groups until they disbanded a couple of years ago. The 1st one being the "Austin Tequila Society".

Go to fullsize image I also belonged to the "Austin Martini Society"! Go to fullsize image

The Tequila society being a little more down to earth and the Martini being black ties and tuxedo's. Each society held about 4 fund raisers per year. The tequila society raised money each year for scholarship's for children involved in the FFA. The martini society raised money for the children's pediatric Aids center.

I'm also known in Austin as a Lake Rat as I hang with the lake crowd. I ran with a crowd associated with one of the area's most prominent ranchers. Tommy Steiner. Tommy died a few years ago and the lake hasn't been the same. Anyway Tommy had a 80' Bluewater on the lake with 3 bedrooms, three levels outside and 2 baths, living, dining, and kitchen. It even had a washer and dryer. We had lots of fun on that boat. Now that Tommy is gone his grandchildren now party on the boat. Everything evolves as it should.

My son like most do not listen when their young and when I told him to get an education he wanted to play. But now he's a 31 year old father with two boys. One named Justin who's 6 and another named Kaleb who is 4. My son Damian decided to go to work in the day, go to school at night and he graduated this last fall. WITH HONORS! He had a grade point average of 3.98! I'm so proud and he's is a great dad! This is my son my daughter in-law, two grandsons, myself and two other realtor's.

  

OK enough about me for now. 

Oh, yeah one other thing! I'm a good looking HUNK!

 MEME 2 - Final Cut

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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX

Sarah: HunkaHunkaHunk

Maggie:Believe it babe! Hic!

Jennifer: Once I started researching it kind of started rolling and I wasn't able to stop. I sent a Copy to my older sister, and three of m cousins. But I also have it on my computer and saved on a CD.

Mar 21, 2007 01:05 AM #4
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Ed DeChristopher
Fredericksburg Realty, Inc. - Fredericksburg, VA
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Great post Danny.  Looks like a picture of Lee Van Cleef too.

BTW, there is a broken picture link above "Family Tree" picture to be specific.

Mar 21, 2007 08:05 AM #5
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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX
Hey Ed! I have over two hundred of these pictures of my family. They are all on tintype. The lady pictured in the polka dot dress is MY grandson's Great,Great,Great,Great Grandmother.
Mar 21, 2007 08:34 AM #6
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Midori Miller
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Danny-really entertaining, you party animal!  I enjoyed your post so much  Thanks for sharing.
Mar 24, 2007 12:19 AM #7
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Sheron Cardin
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Hey Danny - you inherited the REAL WEALTH when you received the family photos. Lucky you. I want to do that one of these days but until then...

Nice family too. If ever passing through Austin, I will look you up! We'll have a martuuuuuni together.

martini

Mar 24, 2007 03:28 AM #8
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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX

Sheron, it would be a pleasure if your ever in Austin. I know just the place.

http://www.reedssupperclub.com/gallery.html

                         or

http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/

 

Mar 24, 2007 03:49 AM #9
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Sheron Cardin
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Danny, I checked them both out and can't decide. Can we do both? Excuse me while I go find something to eat...it is too early for a martuuuuuni!
Mar 26, 2007 04:10 AM #10
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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX
We can indeed do both!
Mar 26, 2007 10:55 AM #11
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Theresa Cavanaugh
Global Realty Marketing - Appleton, WI
Your meme was GREAT!  Thank you for sharing and I love the photos, what a treasure.
Mar 26, 2007 02:45 PM #12
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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX

Thank you very much Theresa!

  

Mar 26, 2007 03:59 PM #13
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Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
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Danny - I may be late on this one but what a great story - life is so short to have these photos are worth so much to future generations.
May 20, 2007 06:33 PM #14
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Danny Smith
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Thesa, this project brought me great pleasure and the further I got with it I couldn't stop. Eventually it had to though as I can go no further up the lineage.
May 20, 2007 10:01 PM #15
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Ohhhh, I wish I had a couple of those!  On my mom's side they've been trying to trace back in Japan....at one point one of my aunts (my mom had 7 sisters) said that someone was Caucasian with blue eyes (we still don't know because this aunt had nervous breakdowns all the time and now deceased) and on my dad's side my great grandparents were in Sweden....

Anyway, you sound like a partier.  I don't drink anymore and quit smoking 4 mos. ago. I have a party going on in my head anyway...haha! thank you so much for sharing!

May 21, 2007 11:45 AM #16
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Danny Smith
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Sally,This is really cool when someone finds these old postings! We did'nt have a spell checker back then and the spelling was terrible. I just went back and corrected some of the words!
May 21, 2007 02:43 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Nice historical family heirloom.... Can't buy stuff like that.  Tequila gets me a loaded, stick with beer.
May 22, 2007 05:54 AM #18
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Danny Smith
DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES - Round Rock, TX
Thanks, Dan...I'm very proud of what I found.
May 22, 2007 06:03 AM #19
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Lizette Fitzpatrick
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Danny, I took a look into your meme after I joined here today. Brad tagged me and I had to write one. Loved the family album part of your post. History is a good thing! Martinis are too! 
May 29, 2007 03:59 AM #20
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Danny Smith
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Lizette, I think I'll have a Martini next time I sit down and read about History! It might give me a different perspective!
May 29, 2007 06:50 AM #21
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Tracy Santrock
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Hi Danny,

The details on your family is touching!  I just love Austin! Other than North Carolina I'd love to live there.  You should be proud of your sons

Jun 08, 2007 12:08 AM #22
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Danny Smith
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Tracy, have you seen my second MEME? MEME 2 - Final Cut
Jun 08, 2007 01:08 AM #23
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